The Haunted Kiln

The blog has taken a bit of a back seat  We have been ‘cooking with gas’ in the pottery. Our Halloween ghosts and ghouls in the form of our ‘pottery takeaway’ painting boxes have literally been flying off the shelves. The first two days saw us sell out of stock completely. Thankfully we were able to [...]

The Rule Breakers

Our regular guests turned up at Persabus this week They arrived as a large group. With the rules changing around keeping everyone safe and helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19, two households are no longer allowed to stay together or mix indoors in self-catering accommodation in Scotland. The Happy Farmer knew at once that [...]

The Expedition

Going on an expedition for me is always a case of taking along the ‘kitchen sink’ and anything else I can fit in too!  So with the sunshine bursting through the windows of the farmhouse on Sunday morning, when eldest suggested we take a hike out to the north of Islay and make the most [...]

Old Lizzie

We have a new star on the farm Well not quite ‘new’…quite old in fact. Quite old, unique, and more than a bit of a relic. New life has been breathed into the very soul of ‘Old Lizze’, fondly named by my late father in law. Old Lizzie arrived at Persabus way back in the [...]

Farm Diversification at its Best

On the cusp of the changing seasons the island’s summer frock is gradually being cast aside as the landscape is emerging swathed in the golden hues of barley ripening, and the pinks and purples of wild heather clad hillsides in full bloom, as the colours of autumn take hold. It has been a weekend of [...]

Mermaid Living

Summer has arrived   with a huge dynamic burst of heady heat.   Cerulean blue skies reaching far and wide, and the island has been bathed in the most soothing golden sunshine. With temperatures soaring it has been a time for outdoor living.  Finding a quiet corner to just be, to sit and write, has proved a [...]

Island Life

To reach the top took my breath away The salty damp sea mist encompassing us from either side, and the energy of the sharp breeze hitting us as we clambered up to the exposed summit of Sgarbh Breac. Cooling our overheated bodies dramatically, after the exertion of a steep climb up those final craggy peaks. [...]

The Hunting Season

With the hunting season upon us Hamishina, our beautiful tabby cat, packed her suitcases and took herself off on holiday, a hunting holiday. She checked herself into the various cat-friendly ‘hunting lodges’ around the farm, without even so much as a 'goodbye'. Anyone who has visited the pottery will have seen the Persabus ‘lost cat’ [...]

Off With Her Head

Sometimes, don’t you just want to hide away? Emerging from the depths of ‘lockdown’ has been a reawakening. From all the ‘behind the scenes’ preparations, from the risk assessments followed by the deep cleans. From the de-cluttering, to the planning and the implementing. The restructuring and looking at ways of moving steadily forwards into the [...]

And the Hair was Cut

‘Strike a pose’ The Persabus welcoming committee have been out in force Ever since the lockdown restrictions were eased you would think those Highland cows had received some sort of inside knowledge. Telepathic waves between Scot Gov and those Highland ladies. They can be seen posing away, just behind the hill gate, putting on their [...]