Packing up and Moving to Barra - The Road to Barra nearly Completed!

OOOOft! We’ve gone and done it, all our worldly good are now on the Rock and we couldn’t be happier. It has been such a busy time for us, selling and buying our houses and working out what exactly we need to bring to the island in the hired van. Rembering of course we just can’t nip out to B & Q, Plumb Centre, IKEA on a whime to shop, this move is a whole different ball game from our previous ELEVEN house moves!! The gypsies have arrived on #Barradise. And here’s a couple reminders why we’ve moved here!

Gateway to Vatersay beach

Gateway to Vatersay beach

There’s nowhere on earth with beaches with white sand like this!

There’s nowhere on earth with beaches with white sand like this!

Can’t believe it is nearly two months since I last updated my Blog and here was I thinking this would be a weekly affair when I started back in July last year! Time just flies past on this island and now we are at the eleventh month of my #Barragapyear which of course has now become #Barrralife. So this will be a whirlwind race through what has been happening since the last Blog on 21st April. Of course there’s been an array of visitors, to be honest this has been a bit exhausting for us as we have been juggling filming in Mull, editing, organising the Capturing the Hebridean Spirit exhibition, calls to lawyer and estate agent, my work at Garadh, Jackson doing odd jobs on the island and of course celebrating my birthday!! Phew, so here’s a flavour of the above!! (Apologies to Jackson’s brother Jim and his wife Shirley but I can’t find my pictures of your visit in the 100s on file)

Robert and my sister Linda came to visit In beg May

Robert and my sister Linda came to visit In beg May

Me and my wee sister Linda

Me and my wee sister Linda

Ros from Tartan Jigsaw whistlestop visit

Ros from Tartan Jigsaw whistlestop visit

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Jackson’s friend from away back Martin Walker and his wife Alison

Jackson’s friend from away back Martin Walker and his wife Alison

It was also lovely to briefly catch up with actress Maureen Carr (Still Game and Craigland’s finest Edith!) and her daughter Erin. They were blessed with some lovely weather for their short trip to Barra, Maureen don’t take so long to come back (35 years since you’re last visit is just wrong!!). Please bring Martin next time too.

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Fortunately, in between the manic flurry of visitors we did find time to chill by getting out and about whenever there was a break in the weather and these pictures don’t tell the true story of how cold it has been in April and May. It is however still absolutely stunning provided you have fifteen layers of clothing on!! or not as in the case for one rare warm day where we thought summer had arrived.

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There was even the rare occasion when I had to go in for a paddle because the water looked so inviting, so off came the trousers and in I waded in my knickers! So look away anyone with a delicate disposition as this is proof that the best way to photograph seaweed is from above and in the water. Jackson on the otherhand remained on the shore, total woose…

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Circle of seaweed in our clear clear waters

Circle of seaweed in our clear clear waters

No sooner was Martin off on the ferry then we had our friends Archie & Irene joining us with their car loaded with all things art and creative for the Capturing the Hebridean Exhibition. Fortunately we had a couple of days to chill before setting up in the Castlebay Hall just to remind them why they love these islands so much.

Blue rope matching the waters between Barra and Vatersay, breathtaking!

Blue rope matching the waters between Barra and Vatersay, breathtaking!

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We absolutely loved having our artwork, photography and films at our Capturing the Hebridean Spirit exhibition and we can’t thank all the people of Barra enough for all their support during our days in Castlebay Hall. We also had many visitors to the islands popping in to see the exhibition. The hall looked fabulous with Kathyn’s Little Boats too which had sailed over on the Thursday before the opening.

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It was great to bring to Castlebay Hall all my beautiful shells, stones, sea glass etc that I have collected over my eleven months on the islands. I think it showed off my obsession on a grand scale!!

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We were really lucky to have artwork from the pupils of Castlebay Community School to include in the exhibtion, what talented youngsters. Thanks Cheryl for organising for us.

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We were delighted to showcase our latest music video at the the exhibition too and this was edited around a beautiful track composed and played by Ayrshire’s Alistair McCulloch and shows Irene at work in her studio, at Culzean (gallery) and on Barra/Vatersay. Enjoy!

So as I mentioned we have been busy busy busy and we haven’t been on Barra all this time. We did venture to Mull to film for Sense in Mind Scotland which meant a 5 hour ferry to Oban and then back out along the same stretch of water for another hour long ferry to Craignure. We were blessed with lovely weather that weekend and it was great to spend our second ever visit to this island in the sunshine and with old and new friends.

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So I think I have rambled on enough and I hope you have got a sense of our life over the past 4/5 weeks since I last posted. Here’s some of my favourite memories to close off this Blog. Next and probably final Blog will update you on our move and new house, and that will end our Road to Barra journey. Thank you all for reading and hope you have enjoyed the road trip!

the new marina filling up nicely!

the new marina filling up nicely!

the colours of Barra!

the colours of Barra!

The new NEIGH..bours!

The new NEIGH..bours!

Helen’s Hebridean Sheep and Lambs

Helen’s Hebridean Sheep and Lambs

Assorted Footprints

Assorted Footprints

And not forgetting this character on the day of the EU elections!! Made me smile….

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Plus the other character roaming the island, Archie the Highland Bull!

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Thai watching for us to return!

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We’re all exhausted!!!

We’re all exhausted!!!

LIFE IS GOOD!

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