BA3As the pile of job applications keeps growing and as my annual Winter cold takes an ever stronger grip on my sinuses, I thought I’d take a minute or two to round up some things I’ve been enjoying recently. There surely is no soul on this earth who enjoys filling in job applications with or without a cold.

It’s just a few days ’til the launch of Celtic Connections in Glasgow. It’s always a feast of interesting, challenging and inspiring music and with some of the best horo-gheallaidh you could ask for in the Festival Club. I can’t wait!

BA2I recently read The Silent Weaver by Roger Hutchinson and was reminded of the beautiful and enigmatic works of Angus MacPhee. Some of these are on display in Kildonan Museum in South Uist; I’ve spent a lot of time entirely transfixed by them. The Silent Weaver does justice to the man and his work as well as setting it within the wider context of mental health care in the 20th century.

A winter walk to see in the New Year. We took a trip north, enjoying the snow, trees and frosty landscapes of the uplands around Blair Atholl. I love Perthshire at this time of year. Photos in this post from that walk.BABA4

Yesterday heralded the old new year (interesting article by Angus Peter Campbell in the link) so with that I wish you all bliadhna mhath ùr.

6 thoughts on “Distractions

  1. Enjoyed today’s ‘post’.  Hope cold improves quickly – seems to be everywhere and recurs quite quickly too.  I now have a cough!  M

  2. You’ve given me a number of things I’m going to have to look up. Since I’m on the wrong side of the pond, I can’t come to the festival, but maybe I can find some of them on You Tube. I looked up Angus Mac Phee and I found the story quite interesting. Now I’ll be looking for the “Silent Weaver.” The museum site will keep me occupied for a bit! I’m going to be happily occupied with all this for some time now. Thank you and be well.

    • Hi Pat,

      Thanks for your comment. I recommend having a browse of the festival website – so much variety and a great place to find something new to listen to. I hope you enjoy the Silent Weaver when you find a copy, it really is a great read.


  3. Hi Anna,

    Lovely post, Perthshire looks stunning. Happy new year to you too!
    I hope you have a lot of fun at Celtic Connections! Did you hear about Dick Gaughan’s boycott?

    Good luck job hunting, and get well soon!


    • Hi Nisse, thanks for your kind comment. I did hear about Dick Gaughan; a shame though I understand his reasons. I’ve seen him play a few times and he’s always good. Recommended if you get the chance.


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