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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 …

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 …

Oak Lea Ring Net

This photo is of the Tarbert ring net boat Oak Lea. She was my introduction to the plight of ring net boats. Chris (my husband) and I took this picture whilst on holiday near Kyle Lochalsh on the west coast of  Scotland before we became involved with Shemaron. Although she was in such a state …

Unknown Wreck

  Running ribbons of rust and gold, Lilting waves on failing larch, Planks scoured clean of tar and okum, Open now to hold and foc’sle. Etched with barnacles, Below your waterline has fallen foul, Settled on the silted shore, Sifting currents not considered, Your bilges burning in the dark. And sacrifice no longer needed to …

Rescued From Robbers Rock

An epic weekend of effort resulted in Shemaron being rescued from Robbers Rock. The next thing I remember is the rib Fly Away appearing out of the dark with all crew onboard. The moon had disappeared, the darkness had grown deeper, and a jabble had come up on the water. The rib was bouncing onto …

The Kindness Of Human Nature

The kindness of human nature is sometimes truly amazing. Kindness is a virtue that is precious in these times of world unease and for those who have been on the receiving end of it, it is a humbling experience. After unintentionally beaching the old fishing boat Shemaron on top of a rock in Loch Fyne …

An Old Ring Net Fishing Boat

It was such an exciting time, nine years ago at the beginning of what has become the Shemaron ring net fishing boat project. The long hours spent driving to Kintyre where we kept our boat were exciting. Driving so many miles was challenging however the scenery was breathtaking. Consequently the long hours on the road were continually engaging. …

Looking Back February 2013

I love that I have kept such detailed notes! It makes looking back and remembering so much easier. There were many times during the Shemaron ‘project’ when we felt the need to make the journey to Scotland in order to check on our boat. During the  storms of February 2013 we stayed on a farm not far …
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