Alone Again Naturally........

Another week on the island living alone with only a daft Jack Russell to keep me company and we’ve certainly been missing Jackson to keep us warm in the chilly evenings! Not long now until he is back on the rock and there’s a bottle of champagne in the fridge ready to celebrate our belated 33 year wedding anniversary on Saturday. He’ll fly into Glasgow from Toronto in the morning and then fingers crossed weather permitting he’ll board the twin otter for the final lap over to Barra. See what you have missed this week Jackson…..

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Cleat

Cleat

It has been a busy week of planning filming dates for over 10 new film projects on the mainland and organising meetings with all the individuals involved, thankfully “Santa’s Little Helper “my daughter Emma will attend on behalf of Prancing Jack Productions and I can stay here on Barra to look after the dug!. Also this week it was really lovely to catch up with my Barra bride and groom, Cheryl and John Lawrence to chat about their wedding in April. We have now started filming some shots for the beginning of their video and have a few other ideas in mind for their wedding day story video! Can’t wait to see it all coming together….

I’ve also started both my part-time jobs this week and it was lovely to meet up with the Carers Team on Friday for our Manual Handling Workshop in the Northbay Hall. It was a bitter cold day and we sat listening huddled together with every layer of clothing kept on to keep us from chittering!

With chilly weather comes very often some glorious sunshine and clear days. Barra of course didn’t disappoint. So my editing of Irene Walker Art music video ( #barrartventure ) consisted of a couple of hours in the morning before the sun got itself up and shining then working very often into the wee small hours. In between Thai and I were, as always, up and out at the slightest glimmer of brighter daylight. Although grey and wet weather didn’t stop us either as as headed out on a short walk on the Vatersay hills with Jennie-Ann and her wee cutie 6 month old daughter Ivana on her back.

They make the weans tough here on Barra!

They make the weans tough here on Barra!

As I’ve mentioned previously Jackson and I are really looking into the possibility of buying a house on Barra and maybe even taking on a property that requires some work. So even though Jackson is in Canada I thought it would be good to look at one of the houses for sale in Brevig and what an amazing view it had!

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The house has loads of potential but possibly after adding renovation costs it would be a little out of our price range. We are howver keeping our fingers crossed that something comes up before out eviction date at the beginning of August! All we are looking for is a three bedroom house with a view and that shouldn’t be difficult as Barra certainly has a variety of them! And not to be asking too much I would like to see water too..

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One of our walks during the week took us all the way to Am Meall on the peninsular on Vatersay via the beach at Bagh a Deas. I love this beach, wonderful waves, sand, pebbles and alien spaceships!

Bagh a Deas, Vatersay

Bagh a Deas, Vatersay

Crashed spaceship! ???

Crashed spaceship! ???

As well as imaginary spaceships I noticed a face in the rocks too, must begetting too much of the Barra fresh air!! and by face I don’t mean the wee Jack Russell that popped up at the side of the photograph which I didn’t realise was there until I uploaded it onto this page!!

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As we walked towards Am Meall we thought we could see a clear path to the top. After sucessfully climbing over the barb wire fences we thought we were on the home straight but no matter what way we went it just seemed too rocky and steep to be walking along ledges on our own.

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At one point I looked down to see Thai giving me that look that told me I was being stupid so I climbed back down and we sauntered off back to the car along the Vatersay Coastal Walk. It is totally stunning seeing Bagh Bhatarsaigh from a different angle.

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So I’ve also been keeping myself amused by getting the glue out and sticking some of the treasures we’ve collected on the beaches over the past months onto a very roughly painted watercolour. Shells, stones, sea glass and using inspriation from picture taken on Vatersay I tried to create a mixed media 3D picture…..Jackson’s comment was “I’ve glad you couldn’t find the Mateus Rose bottle and made them onto a lamp!!” He is very brave when he’s hundreds of miles away….

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Thai on the other hand is like, are you making something I can eat Mum!!???

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One of the great things about being back on the island alone is that you make more of an effort to get out and about to meet up with some of the lovely women on Barra. In particular it was great to have a wee night visiting Loraine’s Mum Mary and her Nana Mary (Ben Jack), I arrived with lasagne and at the end of the night left with scones, shortbread and eggs. Now not any ordinary eggs, Mary’s own chicken’s eggs and a blue/green one into the bargain……I have never seen the like!

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So spare a wee thought for Jackson who is currently in Canada in chilly minus 15 degree temperatures and thankfully he has his Xmas pressie, from our viking buddy Loraine, keeping his bald head warm! Although here he is pretending to be one of the tough Barra guys!!

T-shirt and Norwegian woollie bunnet…that’s all you need in minus 15 degrees

T-shirt and Norwegian woollie bunnet…that’s all you need in minus 15 degrees

Whereas today we are basking in 6-8 degrees and beautiful sunshine in Barra, it is a hard life!

Shape shifting on Cleat beach - Sunday 20 January

Shape shifting on Cleat beach - Sunday 20 January

Reflections on Cleat

Reflections on Cleat

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Finally, I nearly forgot all about this!, on Monday and Tuesday this week the Screen Machine arrived in Castlebay and got to watch three great films; Mary Poppins Returns, Nae Pasaran! (Scottish Documentary - Edited by Colin Monie - this lovely man taught me how to edit films) and finally we were rocking in the truck to Bohemian Rhapsody (what a performance by Rami Malek!). You know what was so great about going to see films in the Screen Machine all by yourself, is that people come and sit beside you to chat before the film begins and/or as soon as they see you come in offer a seat beside them. In fact I’m beginning to feel so much part of this amazing community it kinda chokes me….. #Barragapyear is turning out to be quite an emotional experience.

so night night folks and thanks for your support in reading and sharing my Blog. It is apparently being read all over the world, why I’ve no idea but great to have you with me on this journey xx

Sunset tonight from my living room window x

Sunset tonight from my living room window x

Eileen Frater