It’s always a little disconcerting to voyage away from the one place I like to think of as the best  in the world, because I then risk an encounter with a place that might actually be a little better, which will then make me feel less smug and I like to feel smug.

Loch an Eilean, picture postcard perfect.

The last eight days spent under the eaves of the Cairngorms have been a little unsettling in this respect. So darn beautiful, so varied and so well set up for visitors. There’s a bumper number of activities to enjoy and terrains to explore. We paddled in kayaks and tried not to disturb the nesting Osprey overhead, swam in rivers, scaled Cairngorm, painted pottery and watched wolves and a polar bear at the wildlife park. In the mornings I jogged in the pine scented paths of the larch woods and spied red squirrel and deer en route.

Woodland paths/ joggers paradise.

Lismore doesn’t have woods of any considerable size. This morning I tried to take a new running route and after the sixth farm gate, dew soaked trainers, a cow plat splat on my knee and a U-turn  encounter with a very ugly bull I admitted that the East and its little red riding hood woods and inexhaustible activities has a certain competitive edge.

I know there’s more to be said on this topic but after all that Eastern exertion I’m just too darn shattered to think.

Night night.

 

 

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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

6 replies on “East v West

  1. I have often felt as you do. It is your inexhaustible ability to see and experience the beauty of everywhere that is such a great thing. it will always happen and praise be that it does. Loved your descriptions. Feel as though I have been there. I bet you didn’t meet 172 people you wanted to live with. xx

  2. I thought so Sarah – I was really just saying what we all feel……I wanted to move to Kerrera after our recent walk as the scenery is more dramatic and it has proper hills and seas. I am anywhere’s when I am away. Lake Iseo in Italy in September, the smallest quietest lake. if you never see me again you will understand. Pxx

    1. Mogwaii Design Mogwaii Studio Isle of Lismore Oban, Argyll PA34 5UL Tel: 44(0)1631 760 040 http://www.mogwaiidesign.com http://www.facebook.com/MogwaiiDesign http://www.mogwaii.wordpress.com

      No…I’m not going to remove the apostrophe Pauline. You have no idea how comforting it is for me to know that you too have imperfections. and on a more discursive note – I get this thing where I feel like I’m betraying Lismore by thinking anywhere else is lovelier. It’s weird. It’s almost as though the island is like a sibling or mother and that I have a powerful allegiance to her. When I really enjoy being anywhere else I feel like an Italian boy quietly admitting to himself that his mother’s Bolognese might not actually be the best in the world. Know what I mean?

      xx Sarah

    1. No…I’m not going to remove the apostrophe Pauline. You have no idea how comforting it is for me to know that you too have imperfections.
      and on a more discursive note – I get this thing where I feel like I’m betraying Lismore by thinking anywhere else is lovelier. It’s wierd. It’s almost as though the island is like a sibling or mother and that I have a powerful allegiance to her. When I really enjoy being anywhere else I feel like an Italian boy quietly admitting to himself that his mother’s bolognese might not actually be the best in the world. Know what I mean?

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