Ow!! My hands are hurting, my stomach muscles feel as though I’ve been abducted by Jane Fonda, my legs ache and my face feels as raw  as a zested lemon, but I’m happy. We have achieved seven straining posts, a river diversion and the removal of about 200 metres of old barbed wire and rotten stobs from the aged dyke.

Yorick proudly tests the firmness of a straining post.
Yorick proudly tests the firmness of a straining post.

For those of you who have fairly recently stumbled upon my blog let me keep you in the loop. Yorick and I bought Ballimackillichan croft last April. We have everything to do: build barns, acquire sheep and possibly a cow or two, build a house and two studios, excavate a pond… the list goes on. But first of all we have to re fence the boundary between us and Simon and Nicky. The existing one is very tumble down, much to the delight of Simon’s sheep who have ventured through it to grass paradise and refuse to return.

The day started early for me. Off I skipped like snow white’s dwarf, spade on shoulder, whistling while I went. The sky was wide and pale blue and the morning sun lit Morvern vivid rust. I tested the ground with a pinch bar, feeling and listening for the clink of stones which may hinder the dig. First attempt…stone, second attempt….stone, third attempt…roots (and big ones at that), fourth attempt…hmm, no stones. So I started to dig and dig and dig and scrape and scoop and dig and scrape and swear and scoop and sweat and swear and stab, scuffle , stab, scoop. You get the picture? and by the end of my stint I had achieved 6.5 feet of strainer holes.

Bob and Dot, our knights in shining armour turned up to help, we ate tuna mayonnaise sandwiches and drank coffee in flasks and all in all had a thoroughly industrious but beautiful day. I had no idea there was so much pleasure to be had from the firmness of a well stuck post (what… what did I say?)

Bob and Dot our heroes.
Bob and Dot our heroes.
Tom and Yorick on their favourite toy.
Tom and Yorick on their favourite toy.
Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

4 replies on “Go on…fence me in.

  1. Tho am still in mourning for the separated Hamish am impressed with your ability to spend a day sticking staubs and building boundaries on your beautiful croft. Yet with Hamish grief still uppermost in my heart I am wondering how many darling field mice are now homeless.

  2. Hello! I found your blog via ETST! Have to tell you that I LOVE your handmade items – they are just too cute! If you don’t mind, I am going to add you to my blog roll.

    Looks like you and Yorick have your hands full of projects! I am sure that whatever you end up doing will be fabulous.

    I look forward to catching up on your posts. Scotland is gorgeous.

    Becky in California

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