1 Dec 2007

If you have good taste...


If you have good taste, then log on to www.localfood.co.uk, our local food link for Skye producers. It's a group that has been delivering fresh local food throughout the island and on to the surrounding mainland for the last eight years.

We run a 'Taste of Local Food Awards' so that you will know where to go for some superb quality local produce when you visit this beautiful island. Last week our food link group featured on BBC Landward, a weekly magazine programme devoted to all things rural. Watch it now!

4 Nov 2007

The nights are fair drawing in

Clocks changed a week ago and though lighter in the mornings - a real boost when getting up at 6am - it's getting dark in the evenings again. Travelling to and from Inverness in the dark is not a lot of fun because of the large number of deer at the roadside. Used to be they would only come down in the snow, but lack of culling has helped the population to soar.

Pass a beautiful antlered stag on its knees, after being hit by a too-fast travelling pick up and white van - tail to tail - racing each other on the straight wide road from Garve to Achnasheen . Fortunate or unfortunate... you decide.






23 Oct 2007

What a busy week

Left for Inverness at 7am, team meeting, pick up some work for the week ahead, shop before coming home, back late, unload car, pour glass of wine, check emails, reply to new enquiry for Skye Fudge, start this blog, working from home tomorrow, Skye's Local Food Awards on Thursday, Mairi's wedding on Friday and an open day at the Ben Aketil windfarm on Saturday.

Needless to say, reading the papers with lots of hot-buttered toast, scrambled eggs and a large mug of tea is my priority for Sunday!

22 Oct 2007

All for Mairi's wedding

Mairi gets married on Friday and the busy press office will no doubt be a quieter place than usual, because we're all going. She has chosen Isle of Skye Fudge for her wedding favours, and very honoured I was to be asked.

Mairi hails from Stornoway and Keith from Orkney, so there should be plenty of good music, excellent craic and maybe a wee strip-the-willow or two, all for Mairi's wedding!

15 Oct 2007

The rain in Spain fell...lots

Five days of beautiful sunshine, white sandy coves, turquoise sea, searching out church spires (to find the old village centres), tapas bars and sheltered harbours. Two days of torrential rain, with 24 hours of thunder and lightning, added a touch of excitement which soon turned to anxiety, as we slowly negotiated our way back through the flooded streets to Pension Fornat.

Rivers of mud washed away bridges, damaged houses and two people lost their lives thanks to over-developed hillsides, deforestation and the removal of terraced landscapes. It made us realise how the rain back home, it all its many forms - drizzly, misty, stoating or pelting - has gouged its own familiar path from the mountains down to the sea.


5 Oct 2007

We're off to sunny Spain

Well, the rain got to us in the end, so we are off to sunny Spain for a week. I know - it means our carbon footprint has taken a turn for the worse - but we recycle everything that we can at Isle of Skye Fudge Company and have a cracking compost heap on the go from our household waste.

Have left my trusty colleagues in charge of the show, so if you are desparate for the great taste of Skye Fudge send us an email or, if on Skye, call at Vanilla Skye, Dunvegan Castle restaurant or Eilean Donan Castle shop and munch away to your heart's content!

23 Sep 2007

Here comes the rain again...


The rain is battering on the window, but there is a beautiful rainbow on the loch. Run to get the camera before it fades and just catch it as the clouds rush by and the arc of the rainbow shrinks to a coloured band above the sea.

It's been a wet September and I need some sun. Only good thing is, it's made everyone cold and hungry for comfort food, so the Skye Fudge kitchen has been busy keeping all its customers happy.

14 Sep 2007

Let the wind blow

There are three turbines aligning Ben Aketil, and they look quite beautiful. I never thought I'd say that, but they really do. The developers have offered our local community an opportunity to own a stake in renewable energy from the site through a co-operative called Isle of Skye Renewables.

Everyone benefits when the local community is given a stake in its future. In this case, it is a future that needs our urgent attention. Energy is something that my generation has tended to take for granted. We switch on a light, we turn on the television, but it’s not so long ago that our grandparents considered these simple tasks a luxury. By getting more of our energy from renewable sources, we will be granting our children a more sustainable future.

9 Sep 2007

The sea is sparkling

From the window of the Skye Fudge kitchen, the sea is sparkling. Need to take a walk down to the shore to enjoy the last hours of the day. Through the gate, my legs brushing against the damp rushes, the dog so excited that he's nearly knocking me over as he zig-zags down the hill to the rocky shore.

And at last, peace and quiet, bar the distant cries of the gulls. The very bearable lightness of being - the simple pleasure of feeling the last warmth of the sun on my face, eyes closed, listening to the gentle trickling rhythm of the incoming tide.

Bossy Boots


The Skye Fudge kitchen is quiet today but, throughout July and August, it's usually a hive of activity with lots of comings and goings.

I have the help of four amazing friends; Chirsty, Leona, Barbara and Sheila who cook, stir, pour, pack, stick labels on everything and generally keep me sane. One of them bought me a Jamie Oliver 'Bossy Boots' mug.
Hmmm....they're still amazing though.

3 Sep 2007

I love the day job too

I work in a busy press and public relations team, which is probably the best job that I could ever have hoped for. I'm just not sure why it took me so long to get there, but that's life.

My day? I write press releases, commission photographs, answer media enquiries and encourage journalists to visit the Highlands and Islands. You might think there's not much to do here, but there's a lot going on if you know where to look...

2 Sep 2007

Connected

Might live on an island, but it's certainly not isolated thanks to Skype. Had a three-way chat for first time in 20 years with old pals, Maureen and Pam, in Paisley and Melbourne.

Fudging it this morning, so didn't have long to talk. The sun is out, the breeze smells of the sea and the washing is dancing on the line. Need to go cut twelve trays of yummy scrummy
Isle of Skye Fudge before they set too hard.

1 Sep 2007

Fudging it for starters

I make a delicious kind of Scottish fudge, called tablet, on the stunning Isle of Skye. The island is situated off the west coast of Scotland, and I've lived here for over 30 years.

Isle of Skye Fudge Company started up five years ago when I was working on local food projects and saw a gap in the market. What started as a part time business has grown way beyond my original intention to 'just supply the chocolate shop'.