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 [...]

The Rule Breakers

Our regular guests turned up at Persabus this week They arrived as a large group. With the rules changing around keeping everyone safe and helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19, two households are no longer allowed to stay together or mix indoors in self-catering accommodation in Scotland. The Happy Farmer knew at once that [...]

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 [...]

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’ [...]

Visitors that Bite

The visitors to the farm this week came in their droves. At a time when we are all meant to be following social distance rules. A time when your own personal space is something to be closely guarded and valued. Our visitors this week took a shining to our very own Happy Farmer, they followed [...]

Curve Balls and Creativity

With everything in ‘lockdown’, the pace of life has changed and slowed. We are flowing on a completely different frequency here at Persabus as we continue forward into unknown territory. Usually April sees us flying at full speed ahead into a busy season. All the different areas of our lives suddenly becoming a tactical juggling [...]

The Happy Farmer Communicates

It has been a mixed bag this week. My head in a complete fuddle. Dry, clear, wild and windy days allowing for gardening projects, cleaning programmes, pottery sessions, interspersed with daily walks and runs. Then the hard slap in the face of reality when the national news creeps into the living room. Here the community [...]

Little Moments

Yesterday was a day for lacing up the hiking boots, packing a flask of tea and a picnic, and heading out across the hills to explore Islay’s north coast. With huge blousy blue skies, the hills and the sea were calling. Eldest, announced, rather last minute, that she was heading off on this epic hike [...]