Song for July: “Gold From Wine”

July was a bit of a rough month. It’s not something I’ve really discussed here, but I’ve got bipolar II disorder. I’m pretty prone to massive shifts in my mood, my ability to accomplish anything at all, and my outlook on life in general. Summer is often a bad time for me. This seems entirely…

Summer Flu Excuses

This morning at 5am I coughed myself awake, and groped blindly at my side for my ever-present companion of the past two weeks. No, it wasn’t Al – it was a roll of toilet paper. As soon as I had it in my hand I realised the horrible truth. I was down to the last…

In a Cabin in Coulter

First, a video I made. Please bear in mind that I had to heat water for my camp shower on the stove, and I filmed this while I waited for it to get warm enough. Thus the toque and general air of unwashed-ness. These trips I’m taking seem to surprise me with their loveliness every…

Song for June: “Call the Council”

This month I was very keen to write a piano-based song. Thing is, I don’t really play the piano. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me! So I hope you like it. As well as these photos from Perth. I could try to say more, but my level of over-tiredness has reached hallucinatory…

Barra & Eriskay: In Brief

I’ve written a little bit concerning my trip to Uist. But the time has come to tell you how, not content with just naming their livestock after me, my hosts Jeff and Katherine set out to make me EVEN HAPPIER. The weather had been unrelentingly grim, so when the forecast showed a day of blue…

Perth. It Was Perfect.

No complaints whatsoever can be made about my recent trip to Perth. The train ride was short, there was a park for me to recline in as I waited for check-in time, and then I arrived to find this: A cosy little corner of bliss, waiting patiently for me. I was immediately in love. I…

Song for May: Goodwill

To begin with, here’s the song for May. And it’s not even one I wrote while I was on South Uist: this project is now going well enough that I’m writing loads of songs, and was spoilt for choice this month! So there you have it. And now, we return to the scene I last…

South Uist or Bust

At 10 o’clock on the night before my trip, I decided to fix a problem with my bike. My pal Trevor had pointed out that my inner tubes were mis-aligned, and suggested I deflate and rotate them to avoid an untimely flat tire. So, feeling dead proud of myself for being so proactive and well-prepared,…

Last Bits of Eigg

I’m just back from a wonderful and slightly mad time on the Isle of South Uist, and keen to start posting photos and stories about it! Since I’ve got some editing to do I thought I’d post the last bits from last month’s overly-photographed trip to┬áLaig Caravan on Eigg in the meantime. If you haven’t…

Song for April: “The Other Side of Morning”

The first night I spent in the caravan on Eigg was pretty magical. I watched from my window as the sun died over the beach, while photographers flocked like vultures to the remains of the day. I was cosied up with a blanket and my guitar, but the sunset was so beautiful that I couldn’t…

Eigg: It’s Crackin!

Listen I’m very sorry about the title but there was no way to avoid it. Not to mention that it’s entirely true! April marks my 4th Scottish Ramble of the year and I freely admit to it having been my favourite so far. I took an unprecedented number of photos, so I’ll be posting about…

Song for March: “Still Got Time Left”

You’d think that giving myself a whole month to get a song recorded would be PLENTY of time. I started off on a good foot, too – the song was written in the first week of March, but then… then I proceeded to sit on my arse for the next 3 weeks, distracted by other…