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 [...]

Washing Creatively

We appear to be running a professional laundry service at Persabus and are ever so gently and quietly being ‘evicted’ from our 'space'. Our roles might have changed quite a bit over the past year, but the farmhouse continues to be a busy hub of creativity in these strange times. Washing baskets are constantly filled. [...]

The Return of the Happy Farmer

Everyone has been asking what I have done with the Happy Farmer? He has disappeared off the blog posts. Slid off the platform of social media. There have been no updates. No cheeky wee mentions. His last sighting was reportedly on ‘The Mighty Persabus Haggis Hunt’. Did he really in fact end up enjoying copious [...]

‘Staycation’ Islay

The storms died down The hedgerows were suddenly filled with the excited chirruping of birds. The sun came out and the daylight hours stretched on into the early evening. The tease of the spring to come as even the air feels fresher and everything just looks so much brighter. Islay is a place of spectacular [...]

The Draw of the Hebrides

The Hebrides have that certain ‘pull’ even when the full force of nature’s elements are raging across the landscape. As gales lash against the farmhouse, rattling the slates on the roof. Blizzards bringing powdery snowflakes that ‘sting the eyes’ as they swirl ferociously in the storms. It is both dramatic and spectacularly beautiful. Taking full [...]

When the Wind Gobbles You Up

We have been flying by the seat of our pants at Persabus quite literally. Living on the edge of the land. Winter storms have raged across the landscape. Wild seas lashing against the coastline. Ferries battling huge waves to keep our lifeline service running. Sometimes when you look out of the window on a grey [...]

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 [...]

The Persabus Department Store

Whoever thought it would take soooo long? These past few weeks when the Happy Farmer has enquired why I am running round like a headless chicken, in between spending hours googly eyed in front of a computer screen, my response has been ‘Well, I’m opening a department store!’ He simply smiles and hands me more [...]

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 [...]