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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 …

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 …

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 …

Rescue From The Rocks

  We had abandoned ship after running aground on Robbers Rock but our rescue came quickly from the people at Crispie Bay. The weight of ourselves plus our baggage meant that the dingy was slow in the water. It was difficult to row because I hadn’t managed to sit down straight and then once everything was in …

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. …

On the Road with Tolkien and C S Lewis.

Map West of Middle Earth -Tolkien Third Age. My last travel post was The Beautiful Glen Croe on the road traveling westward towards Lochgilphead. The point on our journey where everything seems to change. One  time when we travelled along this road we came down into the valley and everything changed from green to white. We were listening to …

The Beautiful Glen Croe

The beautiful Glen Croe the point where everything changes … I have made this journey so many times over the years yet it still holds an element of excitement for me. I wrote this post a couple of years ago in January after the West Coast had faced some particularly violent storms. Shemaron was in Campbeltown …
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