Denise: Just finished reading My Àntonia by Willa Cather. First published in 1918, and now in Virago Modern Classics, which tells you quite a bit about the critics view of it. Personally, I thought it was dull and directionless. However, the subject matter of this blog is the next book, which I picked up as soon as I’d finished My Àntonia, and will in fact provide bed-time reading tonight. Seaweed in The Kitchen, by Fiona Bird. It’s the first book I’ll have read that’s got a dedication to me! And Jonathan! Oh yes, and a few hundred other folk, too: it’s dedicated to the staff and patients of South Uist Medical Practice, where Fiona’s husband Stephen is doctor (and he’s written one of the chapters). Like Fiona’s previous book, The Forager’s Kitchen, it’s very thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and expertly written and produced, and so is destined to be considered as ‘authoratative’. Which perhaps suggests somewhat dry reading matter, but like seaweed itself I assure you that’s not the case. The first half or so of the book is general reading about seaweed, and then follows recipes. I suspect we’ll be spending a bit more time than usual across the road, on the beach, especially at low tide!
Jonathan and Denise: An outrageously special offer for anyone wanting to stay at one of our two holiday cottages for the first time. A stay of up to 7 nights that includes the 5th November for just £240 (Carrick, Eriskay – normally £480pw) or £160 (Eight Askernish – normally £320pw). Yes, that’s right! A full week for less than the price of a three-night break! This offer is limited to new customers, up to two persons and one dog. To book, phone 01878 700828. Don’t delay! At a price like that, it’ll be a 5th November to really remember. Just make sure it’s you!
Jonathan: A couple of days ago I discovered that one of our key internet domains, carrickeriskay.scot was incorrectly configured, pointing to new website for Carrick that I’d started to build but had to leave unfinished to do other higher-priority work. It must have been like that for months! Thankfully the old domain and website – originally built December 2009 before tablets and smartphones – was still working, though despite regular tweaks and updates is no longer really fit for purpose. Well, better late than far too late: I’ve spent most of the last two days completing the build of the new Carrick Eriskay website, re-cycling some content from the old website and authoriing new. So now it’s done, the new website is at http://carrickeriskay.scot , the old is now just a redirect to the same site. As ever, the most challenging and time-consuming aspect of website design is images. I really need to spend time out and about with a camera, and I mean un-pressured time to explore unfamilar viewpoints, different angles, and above all inconvenient times of day, like sunrise and sunset.