St Valery Memories 2018 is 44 page publication with research on Prisoners of War captured in the 51St Division, at St Valery-en-Caux in 1940. It includes diary accounts by the Prisoners of War from the Isle of Lewis, during their 4 years in captivity. Continue reading “Prisoners of War”
Working on the Arora, Dementia Friendly Community project today and the workshop theme was loosely tweed, blether about boats and cows. Also, the residents in both the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris care homes were in superb voice. Continue reading “Cultural Workshop – Tweed, Boats & Cows”
Laraich Gaelic Placenames of lochs, rivers, streams, glens, bays, Achmore grazings
If you were brought up on a croft, in the Hebrides in the 1960s and 70s, the moorland was very much part of your extended landscape. Continue reading “Laraich Gaelic Placenames”
The Psalmboat project is centred on Loch Erisort, Lochs, Isle of Lewis.
In 2008 a chance remark by Don Alasdair Smith Keose made to visual/ audio artist and community animateur Deirdre ni Mhathuna from Edinburgh, sparked off Psalmboat, a Lochs multi-arts project. Continue reading “Psalmboat project Loch Erisort Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017”
Blowing on the Embers by Magaidh Smith in the Isle of Lewis
The Oidhche Challain custom of circling, in a sunwise direction, the fire in each home on the evening prior to 12th of January, the Old New Year’s Day, no longer happens regularly in the Isle of Lewis. Continue reading “Blowing on the Embers of The Old New Year”
I am working on the Dementia Friendly Community Project this month.
Working on this project I am the privileged recipient of all kinds of personal stories and cultural treasures, which spill out instantly between the handshake and island Gaelic burr. Continue reading “Gaelic -The language of the Hearth”
Pipe Major Peter Roderick Macleod, Aird Uig / Behind the Conundrum
At each piping recital, accordion or melodeon evening on the island of Lewis. At least a couple of the following tunes are played and recognised as being from the Lewis piping tradition. Continue reading “Pipe Major Peter Macleod Tunes”
Blowing on the Embers
The Oidhche Challain custom of circling, in a sunwise direction, the fire in each home, on the evening prior to 12th of January, the Old New Year’s Day, no longer happens regularly in the Isle of Lewis. Continue reading “Happy New Year 12th January”
Balaich na Whalers is a 16 page publication compiled by Magaidh. It contains stories and pictures contributed by Lewismen who worked in the whale hunting industry in South Georgia in the 1950s and early 60s. Continue reading “Lewis men at the Whaling in South Georgia-new publication”
For centuries, a creel was used in the Isle of Lewis to carry earth, seaweed and manure to meagre plots of earth, hard earned in barren places. The creel was also used to carry, peats, fish and sometimes even babies and young children during long journeys. Continue reading “Traditional craft willow Creels- Article”