A hop, Skip and a Killinallan

The farm has been ‘bubbling over’ with guests and visitors this week. What a welcome back to Persabus. Autumn happens to be one of my favourite times of year on the island. The colours are so incredibly rich and vibrant. The sky could not possibly get any bluer, and those huge, white billowing clouds, dancing [...]

An Italian Happy Farmer

The blog came to a halt whilst on social media the Happy Farmer was a hot topic of conversation as he posed in his green woolly socks tucked into brogues, a perfect pairing, or so it would seem until you add the shorts! We have taken time out. A ‘cheeky wee break’. A much-needed holiday [...]

Taste Islay and Jura

It has been a week of climbing hills, giggling dogs, sunshine and smiles washed down with delicious produce from the Taste Islay and Jura food festival. If you passed the pottery yesterday and it was closed it was because I was AWOL in Bowmore Square enjoying the celebrations and feast of flavours that the Taste [...]

Happy Farmer Stories

The Happy Farmer has a skip in his step. We have such lovely guests staying with us on the farm just now. They love the Happy Farmer’s stories. He does seem to have his own unique way with words. I did smile listening to him sharing the story of Bramble, our collie Labrador cross, and [...]

Island Hopping…Islay to Macau.

With torrential rain and wild gales ferries and planes were cancelled as stormy weather arrived last week. Guests were stranded on and off the island and the farmhouse kitchen became a haven as Archie Bread and a few of the other drivers took refuge, much to the Happy Farmer’s delight. Youngest and I headed out [...]

Islay Magic

With its beautiful sunrises and sunsets, turquoise seas and huge sandy beaches Islay has a certain kind of magic. The charming hospitality of the island community, the fishing villages nestled by the shoreline, the peat smoke rising from the whitewashed cottages, and whisky flowing through the stills of the island’s distilleries. With an abundance of [...]

Sowing Wild Oats

With the sun splitting the skies it appears the Happy Farmer has been out and about sowing his wild oats. I was more than a little concerned. However, before you splutter on your porridge, do realise my apprehension came from the fact that parts of his barley field were looking ever so slightly on the [...]

The Jura Chronicles

The Isle of Jura is an incredibly special place. A beautiful wilderness of stunning scenery. It has a close-knit community, and just one single track road, which twists and winds, revealing spectacular views of unspoilt loveliness, as a bounty of wildlife greet you on your way. It is where I met the Happy Farmer, and [...]

Doughball the Persabus Cat

When the ferryman arrived at the summer party with two of his home baked quiches, bursting with fresh lobster from his catch of the day, it encapsulated island living at its very best. It left a delicious lingering taste of fine seafood imprinted on our taste buds which, with a crowd of friends home for [...]