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For The Love Of An Old Boat

Blog: Travel Northwestward. After years absorbed behind a desk, the practical challenge the Shemaron project calls forth is refreshing, while the opportunity it presents for writing has provided a channel for true escapism. I find road trips through Northumberland and the Borders then on to the side of the dynamic and charismatic Shemaron to be continually engaging. This is a blog account of times and travels through the watery colours of Turner's Northumberland and the rhyming ballads of Sir Walter Scott's borderlands, to quite literally, a world of watercolor on the seasoned deck of an old wooden fishing boat on the West Coast of Scotland.

Fiona Malkin

Blog: Travel North Westward

Selkie Tales The Origin

A little while ago I came across a lovely retelling of the selkie folktale. The Selkie by Mara Freeman is one of the many selkie tales that are so deeply entrenched in Orcadian folklore. They have spread in various forms down the western shores of Scotland Ireland and Wales. The Song Of The Seals The lovely descriptive …

Newcastle Christmas

I have a fascination with trying to look at things in their historical and geographic perspective. Newcastle is my hometown and there is always something special about coming home. Especially for a Newcastle Christmas when history, families, and shopping mingle together. “True the free fresh moors, the fairy nooks and anglers haunts, the waterfalls and sparkling …

River Tyne Coming Home

I missed our December drive back to Newcastle and the River Tyne. Plans to go up and check on Shemaron this weekend were thwarted because of snowy weather. We made arrangements for someone to check in on her, light the stove and give her a little tender care. I missed the feeling of returning home. The …

Running In The Sun

Have you ever begun your day expecting one thing and ended up finding something quite different? This happened to me 4 years ago when I went to find the old Weatherhead boatyard in Cockenzie. I wasn’t sure exactly what I expected, probably to indulge an interest in ex-industrial areas with the added bonus that Shemaron …

Mythology – The Blue Men of the Hebrides

Mythology is not the first thing that springs to mind when discussing boat renovation. In certain situations, however, even today the old stories can seem very real.   Shemaron Project The Shemaron project is primarily concerned with the renovation of the ex ring net fishing boat Shemaron. In the early days of the renovation (before …

Laverda #Classic Bike

I first rode pillion during the late 1970s on the back of my boyfriend’s CZ 250 then GT 380. Riding pillion on a Laverda Mirage reminded me of those times. Since then we have married and as husband and wife have continued to enjoy many happy biking hours. Over the years we have owned a series of …

Traveling By Sea: Carradale

  Traveling by sea has been one of the most exciting things I have done. I have had the opportunity to travel widely on the old herring boat, Shemaron. My husband and I have had many adventures with her. In this blog post, I look back on a trip in 2015. We left Campbeltown for …

Getting Ready: Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival

I wonder what this year’s Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival will bring. Sunshine rain or showers. Whichever it is always a treat watching the boats arriving safely onto the pontoons. Shemaron arrived in Tarbert for the Festival in 2015, and she is still there! That year stormy weather dominated the FestivaL After soaking up the historic …

Loch Riddon, Tighnabruiach Scotland

Our plan was to anchor off St Ninian’s Bay on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. As we approached the wind changed direction. A swell rolled into the Bay from the southwest. If we had chosen to stay this would have meant an uncomfortable night at anchor. We decided not to stop and continued north …

Edlingham Castle Northumberland

There can be few more picturesque spots for a picnic than Edlingham Castle in Northumberland. In fact, a picture of the view of the Castle from Corby Crag, above Alnwick was used as a promotional backdrop to The Hobbit. Sitting quietly in a narrow green valley that lies between the moors about five miles south west …
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