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 [...]
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 [...]

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 [...]
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 Time

One of Islay’s treasures is its spectacular coastline. The rugged cliffs, where dramatic waterfalls froth and bubble to the seas below. The colourful pebbles worn smooth by the tidal currents. The natural arches and caves in rock faces and then the vast expanses of sand and dunes where seals lull happily on banks and rocks. [...]

Hot Weather on Toast

Last week when I woke to overcast skies the Happy Farmer informed me that the sun was just running a bit behind schedule. It appeared to have faced a bit of a delay and made room for a few heavy showers to keep the thirsty plants watered and more importantly the island’s whisky source flowing. [...]

A Dip in the Ocean

The Happy Farmer is being kept on his toes. He has ‘lady’ issues. One of his Highland girls is procrastinating about her ‘calving duties’. On hot days she can be found dipping her hooves in the very boggy ditch to cool off. With her extra heavy gait, there is every chance she may struggle to [...]