Jonathan: 1990-er Jahren: Damals neulich in Unterfranken umgesiedelt, in Raum Verkehrsplanung beruflich beschäftigt, und zur Sozialversicherungeinzahlungen verpflichtet. Heute denke ich an, in der Rente zu treten, und die fast vergessente Einzhalungen anzudenken. In letzten Tagen hab’ Ich mehrere ämtliche Briefe geschrieben muβen: nach zwanzig Jahren ist das Schrieben siemlich schwierig geworden!!
Jonathan: Little by little I’m letting go of my life as a civil engineer. Today it’s the turn of my computer rucksack. To be quite honest I haven’t finished with it quite yet, but with what’s left to do I can certainly manage without. I bought this one when I acquired my first widescreen (2400×1680 I seem to recall) notebook about 2005. The previous rucksack – back in the mid 90s, was considered something of a novelty, as was the whole idea of a peripatetic independent fully self-sufficient freelance civil engineer with his entire design office on his back and able to design anything, anywhere, anytime. This rucksack has been places, seen things, and carried a lot of stuff, got soaked walking to Barra airport, lumped on and off ferries, left on a train with over £8k in used notes (and recovered intact!). squeezed into the cabin lockers of everything from a Twin Otter to an Airbus 320. It’s been to Dublin for Luas lines B1 and C2, Manchester and Liverpool for MerseyTram, Edinburgh for the tram project there. Leeds for the upgrade of the A1 to motoroway, Gateshead for widening the A1 Gateshead-Newcastle bypass to dual 3-lane (now under construction), lived in Welwyn Garden City whilst I did anything from from unblocking road drainage to upgrading major roundabouts and roads ; been to Newcastle under Lyme for commercial developments ; Glasgow for the M80-Kirkintilloch link road ; Glasglow and Chesterfield for upgrade of the A46 Widmerpool to Newark to dual carriageway ; Colchester for access roads to a new port ; Belfast for the Newry Bypass ; Cumbernauld for a major new residential suburb ; Barra for a wind turbine development ; North Uist and Harris for site surveys, commercial developments, house renovations, major house builds … and even to Madeira for dealing with island-wide infrastructure repairs after massive flooding. And that’s just this second rucksack! Well, it certainly doesn’t owe me anything! So, Goodbye, and thanks for all your help! Hope you didn’t mind the home-bound trips with dirty washing!
This post, published August 2018, but back-dated to May 2015, looks back to the year that the Kilbride Cafe (next door to us), opened its doors. Our neighbour DJ and ourselves anticipated that our two businesses would prove highly complementary … but to get off to a good start, we decided to join forces and pay for a double-page spread, designed by Jonathan, published in The Heb, a glossy annual magazine distributed free of charge throughout the Outer Hebrides. It proved to be money well spent! That said, our location, overlooking a little bay with a white-sand beach and stunningly beautiful view across the Sound of Barra, and with the main arterial road through the islands passing right by, we’ve never felt the need to repeat advertising of this kind. In fact, we ourselves don’t spend anything on promoting the Hebridean Woolshed – we already get all the business we can handle, just with our own website and Google’s My Business free applications.