Person on beach

Enjoying Islay Time

There is something just mesmerizing when after a long, hot trek across a wild and rugged landscape, suddenly the vista unfolds. The steep climb, trudging through the heather and bog myrtle, a herd of deer spying on your every move. The heat of the day and as you climb over the hill and the view [...]
Flowers
Machir Bay

An Islay Summer

We have been swept up on the crest of a wave as July living carried us into the hurly burly dance of an island summertime and then led us on into August. Just as you thought that the mighty Persabus blog was slipping away off the face of my trusty laptop know that the words [...]

Islay’s Garden

It is a cat’s life on the farm at Persabus Our tigers roam the fields at this time of year. Enjoying a spot of hunting with all the fresh pickings that arrive as the grass begins to lengthen. The fields are a sea of yellow just now, with the brightness of the buttercups gleaming skywards [...]
Heather on the hillside

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 [...]
Islay Beach

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 [...]

Space and Time

It felt as if the world had stopped spinning when lockdown came A mad race to get everyone safely home and suddenly everything seemed to stop. We disappeared into a bubble of family life on the farm and got a chance to really step back and appreciate everything around us. From my very first trip [...]