15 May 2011

Isle of Skye Chocolate

Gosh, hard to believe over a year has gone by without updating my blog! So much has happened, mainly taking over local chocolate company, Vanilla Skye, and rebranding as Isle of Skye Chocolate at the end of 2009. It was a classic case of 'just because you know one business inside out, doesn't mean you will know another'. And, even with my background in local food, marketing and economic development, it was a big leap of faith and a steep learning curve.

S
o many things to consider...how to temper chocolate, devising new recipes with a local/Scottish theme, ingredients lists (for twelve yummy chocolates), design labels, build new website, work out shelf life and tasting (that was at least a bonus!). So, we decided on sea-salted caramel in rich milk chocolate (my personal favourite), Scottish honey & toasted oatmeal in a smooth silky white chocolate, raspberry & balsamic in intense 70% dark chocolate, and nine more sublime tasting chocolates to tempt the taste buds.

Now up and running, the website
www.chocolateskye.co.uk is taking online orders - hope to see you there to find out what else is in the box!

8 May 2011

Being part of better

First ever time on the campaign trail...knocking on doors, answering questions and sharing a passionate belief in a better future for Scotland. A wet and windy Portree left me drookit, followed by an enjoyable afternoon in Dunvegan leafleting with Cllr. Renwick and Dave Thompson MSP, then a hilly circuit of Kyle of Lochalsh (that showed me how unfit I was!), and finally, a sunny evening before election day on my own homeground of Harlosh, Feorlig, Balmeanach, Caroy and Ose.

Spent polling day as an observer going around the villlage hall voting stations, collapsing exhausted but exhilirated, into bed at midnight. Woken up at three, with a call from my sons and friend needing a taxi home. The only thing that saved them from a bollocking were the amazing, historic election results filtering through on the car radio, and changing the map of Scotland to a gorse bloomed landscape. Never in my wildest dreams did I dare to imagine such a turnaround, from minority government to overall majority, with a referendum firmly on the agenda at last. But in my heart, I should have known that all we needed was a voice, and the people have spoken.

WHEN THE PEOPLE SPEAK

Music & Lyrics by Dougie MacLean.

For too long we’ve heard them laughing at our dreams
Ridicule our reasons and blind ignoring what it means
For too long we have believed the walls they made
But now we see a shining light and we are not afraid.

When the people speak it’s not with corporate lies
It’s not with indecision, no, or academic bows and ties
When the people speak it thunders through these hills
It’s not a thing that’s mild and meek,
when the people speak.

There’s a fear that’s made to keep us in our place
Pacify our anger and justify our fool disgrace
There’s a fear made to destroy and to degrade
But now we see a shining light and we are not afraid.

Published by Limetree Arts and Music.