Jonathan: The Big Garden Blog is about our lives here in the Outer Hebrides, our experiences, and our feelings – all of which vary enormously from day to day, even hour to hour. It covers almost all aspects of our lives, from the morning routine to the life-changing news, from shit-shovelling to shoe-shopping, from musing on the past to discovering new music. The subjects and mood are dictated by the seasons, the weather and the circumstances, and the tone can fluctuate from the prosaic to the poetic, the pragmatic to the principled, and from dogamatic certainty to down-right silliness. It’s our life, all of a jumble and struggling to find a sense of itself, not a finely tailored take on life, honed to please a particular target readership. You, dear reader, might not like all you find here! (No really, one or two have told us so! And, anyway, we’re not sure we like it all ourselves – or even, at times, any of it at all!) Truth be told, at times, we go right off the idea of blogging at all, and resolve to give it up. In fact we’ve done just that – several times! If you don’t like a particular page we’ve written, we hope you’ll call by another time and see whether there’s something that you do find interesting or enjoyable – or both. You never know, it might even turn out to be the very thing you previously rejected! Before you go, we need to tell you this: Everything on this blog site is written by just me, Jonathan. Stories credited to Denise are ghost-written for her, with her knowledge, and cover topics and events specific to Denise or from her own perspective. Denise is a person of fewer words than me, with clearer focus, more prosaic rather than poetic … and, more to the point, she’s too busy with other things to write them herself! In writing posts for Denise, I attempt to give them her voice, but – apparently – is not very successful in doing so!
Jonathan: In using Facebook I try to use as much original material as I can, rather than rely on sharing – which has it’s place, but … well that’s another subject. I have shared some items, but looking again at a recent share I’m seeing things that raise my suspicions – whether it is genuine. Some videos seem on the face of it to be from real life, but look closely and carefully and there’s things that don;t make sense. Has the whole thing been staged just to get likes, shares and viewers – to try and go viral and thereby attract income from advertisers? I’ve decided to work back through my timeline and delete some of the shares that on closer inspection don’t really convince me, or in any event don’t say something really original or relevant. Perhaps we should all question a bit more before we share?
Jonathan: A new page has been added, exclusively for sales of Hebridean Hogget Lamb.
Jonathan: The page ‘Ram for Sale’ has now been changed to Hebridean Sheep, with details of sheep (currently just rams) for sale and wanted. See Hebridean Sheep
Jonathan: I’ve been experimenting with technology that allows me to use social media more efficiently (though sometimes I hear an internal voice grumbling that the most efficient thing I could do is dispense with it entirely. What’s that Denise? You mean it was you all along?). One of the outcomes of that is that I’ve got a daemon (a computer term now fallen out of vogue, otherwise I wouldn’t use it) that is rummaging around in the archives of this blog and feeding out little nuggets to other platforms (oops, sorry!) – that is to facebook, blogger and such like. (Yes I know, I need to fine tune the frequency and other settings). I was working on it until late last night, then forgot about it this morning. Denise had an appointment at the medical centre, and whilst I was waiting in the car I browsed through the huge collection of ‘on-board’ music, and I came across an album I’ve not listened to for a two-three years – Five Days in July by the Canadian band Blue Rodeo. I recommend Five Days in May and Bad Timing (though ask me another time and …). Anyway, back home, I checked in at my desk and remembered to see what that daemon had been up to – whether it had been working at all. Well indeed it had. And what had it just published a digest of? My blog from August 2010 entitled “Blue Rodeo”: I’d been listening for the first time to Five Days in July. Here it is. [Thanks again to Tia Nagi!]