When there’s no vet on the island…

It seems such a simple and straight thing for those of us living on the mainland. If your dog gets ill, you can take it to the vet to get help, or contact a charity to help out. On an island as small as Eigg, though, there aren’t facilities like a supermarket let alone aContinue reading “When there’s no vet on the island…”

Going Underground! Treak Cliff Cavern

Although you might think the best sights to see in the Peak District are the hills, waterfalls and villages that dot many a landscape, the real gems are found beneath the surface – quite literally!   Castleton is a small village close to Kinder Scout and Mam Tor. It’s beyond Hope, as the local jokeContinue reading “Going Underground! Treak Cliff Cavern”

Could you stomach a life afloat?

Some of them were extremely well kept. Shiny coats of paint, solar panels optimistically placed along the roof, neat pots of flowers placed on the deck. It really added to the serenity of the walk alongside the canal. It’s some years since I last walked down a towpath. I used to live in Lancaster andContinue reading “Could you stomach a life afloat?”

Desk or exercise bike? What’s the best location for a writer?

George Orwell famously took himself off to the Scottish island of Jura to pen 1984, allowing himself to become engrossed in tranquillity and isolation for the creation of the dystopian classic. I’m writing this blog as I sweat away on an exercise bike in my one-time garage that now acts as a cold office for theContinue reading “Desk or exercise bike? What’s the best location for a writer?”

Writing a book isn’t all milk and cookies…

Writing a book might seem a glamorous idea at first, but there are more than a few downsides along the way. As well as relying on the creative juices to be flowing whenever I have spare time to start writing, there’s also the expense of getting to the Lake District regularly and the worry thatContinue reading “Writing a book isn’t all milk and cookies…”