The Sleat

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      1. It’s a form of land tenure which is used by only a tiny fraction of the population today. Owning a croft is not the same as owning a regular home because the use of the land is still regulated by the Crofting Acts. If you buy a croft, legally you won’t become a crofter, you’ll become the landlord of a vacant croft. This means you have certain responsibilities.

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  1. A bathroom, toilet, or a loo? 🙂

    I need to take a whiz
    And must go find a loo
    When suddenly,
    I came across a bathroom or two

    I need not take a bath
    But I really must go
    Point me to the toilet
    Before I overflow!

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      1. Poet? Highly improbable! But I am fascinated by the many different terms we use for a washroom, bathroom, whatever…as we travelled through various parts of the world, I have always been fascinated by toilets and the many ways to flush them…including a mere hole in the ground (according to my wife) in which one was to balance over (Moscow train station).

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      2. Cultural aspects and changes. Fascinating as you say. Holes in the ground…we have them in India too. A long time they were considered hygienic and excellent for the purpose of getting the bowels going 😉

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  2. Such fascinating history and so fun to learn about new places and words such as “croft”, “Sleat”, “loo” and “Knoydart”. I am always discovering something new with your blogpost and enjoy the challenge of it immensely! Beautiful photos of the landscape – reminds me of the slanted hills near Crater Lake in Oregon. – Neek

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  3. The forecasting stone is hilarious. Who needs a weather person to keep us posted when we’ve got a hanging stone? The image of the sun dappled woods filled with overall silence and an occasional bird sat really well with me. I’m so enchanted by nature and wide open spaces.

    It’s strange to think in all this peace that tragedy does happen. You statement about the ever present pursuit of happiness really struck a chord. Someone was enjoying the same beauty one moment and gone the next. I can see why you were shaken. Life and death happens everywhere. We’ve got to make the most of the life part. Sleat looks like a beautiful place to go about that.

    1. Life is such a constant effort at balancing it all out. The pursuit of happiness is a great thing but it is also okay to pause once in a while and take in our surroundings. But it does reinforce that entire carpe diem line of reasoning.

      You said it – nature is everything and more. 🙂 xx

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  4. Love the forecasting stone.
    Now those places are all very well in the summer. Winter is much bleaker.
    I spent several weeks on an island of the coast of Brittany in November…
    (Army “exercise”). Veeeery bleak. Sometimes you don’t know where the rain stops and the sea starts.
    Thank you for the trip.
    Brian

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  5. A landscape to encourage reflection indeed. Interestingly, there has just been a piece on the news about increased tourist numbers having an environmental impact on the island. Sadly, the suggested solution was to increase infrastructure, rather than limit numbers. But I digress. There is something about this monumental landscape which inclines to melancholy…

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    1. Increasing tourist numbers on Skye… I am surprised given its remoteness. Someday I want to get to the Outer Hebrides isles. Oh I wonder when that will happen! But the sound of increasing infrastructure irks me. The charm of these isles is their remoteness and the fact that they are left quite alone except for a clutch of travellers!

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  6. You actually do more to fuel my interest in visiting Britain than the official tourism marketing office ever accomplished. I admit, the good weather you always seem to catch certainly helps in that. Loved the forecasting stone by the way!

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  7. Thanks for making me travel again to such a beautiful country. My favorite was the castle overtaken by nature – so pretty! The forecasting stone… ?

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    1. This is thankfully the last of the Skye series and I am sure everyone must be thinking, At Last… she has been banging on forever about Skye 😛 Thank you for the sweet words! That ivy clad facade does get me too. xx

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      1. I enjoyed Skye and hope you are back just to read more stories about it 😉 Any sneak peek of the upcoming city?

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      2. I do not usually, you are right. But I decided to write on Skye in a series. Some random post maybe next, my love. I have not thought about it. I usually get up and go with the flow 😉

        Do you usually have a whole lot of posts in the wings waiting to be released day by day?

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      3. I also do it like you although I blog always on Tuesdays. But I normally write about what interests me in that moment. You too, don’t you?

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    1. That is strange! I wished you a wonderful birthday and said that gifts fall way behind feelings.

      All the best for your book and the pitches to the various networks. I was also a bit curious about if that is you smiling at us… 🙂

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      1. Well it does not have the infrastructure for coping with the high numbers. If you are on Skye you would see why. There are just handful of cottages and crofts in every village on that isle along with a few castles crumbling away.

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