Saturday 21 March 2015


".......with the equinox, supermoon and solar eclipse just before , I'm sure thats somebody's attempt at aligning the powers to make sure that you have a wonderful day!"

Inside Daughter number 2 Birthday Card to me for today.

The High Tides were an added bonus.

Friday 20 March 2015

Shades of Grey.

Five Grey Beards.
This photograph was taken in my framers work shop. That's him in the green t shirt. 

I enjoy my visits here.  Cup of coffee, sort the world out, view the changing display of art work on the walls, and obviously - so do others enjoy their visits.  I have often been there when one of the members of a dynasty of a fishing family is there and out come the old photographs .  Herring boats powered by steam.  Which he can remember," Ah the Steamies."  And away he goes with all the wonderful memories and me hanging on his every word.

I can never understand why people move to a new area and do not involve themselves  with the local community and then complain about feeling  isolated.

Its all interlinked.  The chap in the hat is partner to my first, and only, art teacher here.  He is a stalwart of the Fraserburgh Heritage Society.  A fantastic Museum across the car park from the Lighthouse Museum.  

The one on the right is one of our neighbours and lives in what was the Gardeners Cottage of Cairness House. Large, stately home we can see from our sitting room window.    He is an artist.  He is also from the North of England, as we are.

The one at the rear is the Dawn Patroller.

The chap on the left is a photographer who I have met but obviously not enough to remember his name!  Still time.....

Not sure why I am rambling on - the photograph just set me off!

So this morning was the eclipse.  Sadly I didnt make the Breakfast at the Lighthouse.

But I did see it.  From my bedroom window.

 Grey clouds.  

Shortly after blue skies and the birds began singing again. 

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Solar Eclipse - and mine..

The North of Scotland is ideally placed to see a near-total (c.94%) solar eclipse on the morning of 20th March 2015. If you saw the eclipse in 1999, this will mean that you will be one of very few people who were lucky enough to observe two major eclipses in their lifetime – the next total eclipse visible in Britain won’t be until 2090!

Get the best view in Fraserburgh from the top of the lighthouse, along with a delicious full cooked breakfast on the morning of the 20th March! Tickets will be £12 only. The price includes access to the lighthouse and breakfast which will be served between 8.15 and 8.30 in our Stevenson’s Tea Room!

Am so looking forward to this.  I wont be around for the next one, thats for sure.  

Following on from last weeks chest infecti0n came pleurisy.  Which was even more unwelcome as I had two of my four daughters visit, together with partner of one and my granddaughter.

Plenty to do here so they all had a good time, as did the Dawn Patroller.

At Macduff Marine Aquarium suitable awestruck.

But a bit scary when the diver goes in the tank to hand feed the fish and then comes over to wave at you.

 (The toy dog is Storm which was loaned by the nursery N goes to.  A full illustrated diary of his journeying in return!)

Hoping my eclipse is only partial.  Back soon.

Friday 6 March 2015

Trouble at Mill.

Been having some stressful times .  They do say March can come in like a Lion.... Well this Lioness has been doing some roaring.  For my sanity, mental health  and beliefs I resigned from the board of trustees at the Lighthouse Museum. 

 I am still a volunteer, and totally committed to supporting the Museum, but at management level there were a number of issues I was uncomfortable with. 

 So while taking a deep  breath from all that trauma I realised I was not actually able to take a deep breath.  Back on the antibiotics and in bed!!

In between lying down and groaning I set about sorting out the shedudio.  I hope to open it up, by appointment, and also join in the North East Open Studios event in September when the studio will be open for a week. Gulp.

Note I have not shown the rear of said shedudio as thats where I piled up all the rubbish!!

Still a lost cause for Kimono(?) actually Marie Kondo, apologies to her, finally googled it.  Still a way to go in sort of applying any method of tidying a working studio.  

Once I have a paintbrush in my hand there would  be serious trouble at mill if anyone interrupted me to point out I hadnt swept the floor.......