I haven't visited my blog for soooo long that I was almost locked out of it so not sure whether to do much or not. It has become so much quicker and simpler to pop a pic and an update on Instagram or Twitter.
I did intend over the quiet period of Christmas & New Year to do a sum up of my first (almost 12 months) year on Skye, something which I am referring to as feeling a bit like a social experiment in the art of living without for a year.
Living without much money, living without many shops, living without hardly any choice in fruit or veg and don't even expect to find much organic produce here, living without friends or family for support, living without much heating due to cost of our mechanical heat recovery system, living without much chocolate or sweets (although I have lost a bit of weight by going without), living without being able to grow stuff like I intended (the soil is bad on our plot nd the weather worse), living without garden birds (really miss robins and great tits but there's nothing in our garden they want to come and eat), living without the confidence that if anything breaks down, like plumbing or heating, you have a selection of reliable tradesmen here to help.... oh no, they don't exist on Skye, maybe one or two but they are a rare thing, living without good coffee, we can't afford to have it delivered on subscription like we did in our past life, living without being able to buy craft supplies (it all has to come mail order if you can find the right places who will in fact deliver to the Highlands & Islands).
There I will stop, my life is a bit like being on holiday but not a brilliant holiday and with no sight of it ending yet.
Perhaps I will return and give an update on life trying to run a holiday cottage and the 90% of dreadful guests we have had so far in the short space of running it for 4 months. The lovely guests have been incredibly lovely.
Hope it's a great year for everyone.