These wonderful highland cows are often peering at us over the wall, or are a pair of horns width from the window in our neighbouring holiday cottage, as they relieve an itch or two on the fence post or farmers plough. As I write this I expect that calves too will soon be appearing judging by the sounds emitting from the barn over the last few nights!
For some reason last night, sleep was not my friend. With light filtering through the bedroom curtains just after 5am, I decided on a whim, that a trip to Machrie Stone Circles was in order. Effie, our Airedale, confused at the lack of morning routine, stayed on her bed despite the lead being removed from it's peg. I'm glad I went and so was Effie.
Wonderful Images of the Past available to buy
We are following our friends @OldPostcards on Twitter, and when they posted one of these evocative cards of Arran I thought what a lovely feature they would make on our blog. So, with their permission here are a few of the ones they have on offer and you can see more here.
Click on any image to open the lightbox and enjoy them in all their glory.
Postcards of other areas are available (and searchable) on their main site www.oldpostcardsetc.co.uk
Unique viewpoint adds drama to the location
Spot the difference!
Drive to Lochranza on the north west side of Arran, and shortly before arriving you will pass through the village of Catacol. Here you will find the photogenic properties known as the 'Twelve Apostles'. Built originally to house those people evicted from surrounding countryside during the 'clearances', when much of the interior of the island was set aside for deer.
Look closely and you will see that each of the upper first floor windows is a different shape to it's neighbours. The theory was, that these former farmers would turn their hand to fishing, The differing shapes would allow the woman of the house to signal her man by placing a candle in the window while he was out fishing in the Firth of Clyde. Sadly, but understandably, most of the dispossessed moved away to other parts of the island in protest against their eviction.
A fine National Trust property in Scotland
Jacqueline and Geoff moved to the beautiful Isle of Arran in 2012, and have been visiting since 1998.