Flock of Hebridean Sheep

Those Tartan Sheep

Behind the scenes it has been a crazy couple of weeks of online training Zoom meetings and a pile of admin as we get everything ready, making sure we are ‘hot to trot’. Preparing for the time when we can safely begin to welcome you all back to stay with us on the farm at [...]

The Happy Farmer’s Commute

The sun has been rising earlier in the mornings and spring is well and truly here, as those beautiful yellow daffodils are out in bloom lining the single-track road to Persabus. It is an exciting time on the farm with the birth of new calves and the fields filled with heavily pregnant sheep. The Happy [...]

Winter on Islay

We woke up to a hard frost A peppering of snow on the Paps and brilliant sunshine. Days like these. It is good for the soul, especially in these strange times. Running through hard frosty fields, dogs in tow, and the Hebridean sheep do not blink an eye as we pass. They are used to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bruichladdich Paparazzi

There is a bite to the wind, but the beautiful blue skies and billowing clouds continue as spring blossoms away on the island. The sound of birdsong filling the air, with the early morning dawn chorus, waking me from my slumbers ever so early. The mellow, throaty bleating of the sheep calling to their offspring. [...]

Lockdown at the Sheep Fank

With the lockdown continuing I was abruptly pulled out of my self-imposed happy ‘farming retirement’ at the weekend. Years ago, I had sensibly managed to ease my way out, as quickly as humanly possible, from most tasks that had any inkling of being associated with the word ‘farming’. Lambing duties and feeding pet lambs their [...]

Changing Times

We are living in uncertain times. Our tiny island community has so far remained free from the virus that is sweeping the globe, but our thoughts have been with all of those affected and the devastating effects it is having on so many lives. At Persabus thankfully the animals are oblivious to the goings on [...]

Leap Year Celebrations

We have two leap year ‘babies’ in the family. So, this year we celebrated a fifth birthday and a twentieth birthday. Now if you do your maths a twentieth birthday is a ‘big’ one, so the services of the Happy Potter were called upon to ‘sail the good ship Persabus’, as we made our way [...]