Friday, 9 January 2009

Calluinn night 2009

This year's group of local kids, carrying on the old tradition:

Calluinn night 2009

Several parents chaperoned them between the houses. This year they didn't get here until nearly 9pm, so it's going to be a long evening.

Pictures from last year, and further information.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

The reindeer and the stone circle

Another coincidence.

I was looking for an icon of a reindeer to incorporate into this website. A few searches on Flickr turned up the perfect one, combining the animal with the RSS logo (on the end of its nose). And the picture is under the Creative Commons licence, so it was installed:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="354" caption="Icon by Dr Cole Henley"]Icon by Dr Cole Henley[/caption]

The coincidence part? The creator of the reindeer icon used to be an archaeologist, and his PhD was on the Neolithic of the Outer Hebrides. And so several years ago, he spent some time here on Berneray doing, well, whatever archaeologists do. While here, he took some pictures, of which this is one of many he has put onto Flickr:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Picture by Dr Cole Henley"]Picture by Dr Cole Henley[/caption]

The picture shows Norman on his croft on Sunhill. He is standing in front of one of the stones in the circle that can be seen from much of the eastern side of the island.

The picture was taken on November 1st 2001, the field trip being postponed from that summer due to foot and mouth. The largest size version of the picture is of particular interest as it shows much of Backhill and some of Church Road in detail.

Surprisingly, perhaps, very little has changed between then and now. There's a wind turbine, and a few residents have different cars, but that's about it (unless am missing anything?). My house is just out of shot a few to the left of the picture.

Wonder what the odds of that are, that the person who designed the reindeer icon I use has previously visited Berneray.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

A new look for a new year

This is my fifth New Year as a resident of Berneray and the Outer Hebrides.

It's January 1st, and as I was getting a bit fed up of my cluttered website and blog, I've changed the theme. It's now the Nice Wee Sites theme, running on an installation of Wordpress 2.7.

The adverts for Berneray calendars et al have gone, as the clutter was getting a bit daft. These items are still for sale (I get back a few pounds for each one which goes towards the costs of hosting the Berneray website), and can be viewed and purchased on the Isle of Berneray e-shop on Cafepress.

I've been blogging now for 3 years and 2 months, though of late this has diminished somewhat due to work divergence, and also returning to Twitter (microblogging). Various bits of software pump out irrelevant statistics, and they show that during that time I've:

  • Written 512 blog entries.

  • ... comprising of 119,386 words.

  • Gotten 957 (approved) comments back.

  • ... and over 70,000 spam comments, most automatically generated.

Heck, that is a lot of words; in fact it's about a book and a half in size.

On the picture front, my Flickr account now has 1,235 pictures in it. Considering the variable speed at which I write, and the fact that the vast majority (easily 90%+) of pictures I take I delete without putting on line, it's suddenly easy to see how the last few years have flown past.