Colonsay at Night

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I think most peoples perception of the undoubted beauty of Colonsay is limited to daylight , but, as a semi-nocturnal person by way of profession, I have always enjoyed being outdoors during the hours of darkness.

I always soaked up the tranquility of a Colonsay night, with very little in the way of manmade disturbance, and through this I became interested in Astronomy. I don’t think any Mainlander can be anything other than gobsmacked at the ...

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Sober October & Mo-vember

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A couple of Colonsay’s residents recently took up the Sober October Challenge in which an individual is sponsored to stay off the booze for the whole of October to raise money for Macmillan Nurses. Quite a feat but one ably tackled by Donald MacAllister Jnr and Christopher Baker Jnr. In total they raised around £450.

Christopher even took up the next big challenge; Mo-vember (aka No-Shave November). So if you saw him around with some questionable ...

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Photo/Video of the Month

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Now the weather is perking up and although the sheep may still be drenched and a bit sad-looking we at Corncrake HQ know there are still beautiful photographic moments to be snapped and funny animals to be videoed – Please send your photos/videos to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk and if your photo/video is chosen, you will have the highest honour of having it displayed in the next edition of the Corncrake!

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Song of the Month

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Each month we will feature a song suggested by our readers. Please send your recommendations (or links to SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Youtube etc) to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk or comment below

This months selection is a beautiful combination of intelligent musicality and angelic vocals in the form of Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Jarosz plays an octave mandolin with a delicate touch, gently supported by Aoife’s guitar.

The video comes from a series called The Bluegrass Situation – ...

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Doctor in the Wildnerness

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It would be good to be fit and healthy for as long as possible, and any pointers in the right direction might be of value.  Many Colonsay folk will remember that the late Dr. Walter Yellowlees had some theories on the subject, and that he seemed to be living proof of their validity.  His book, Doctor in the Wilderness, is unfortunately no longer in print, but a copy was obtained online for £0.01 plus postage – a brilliant investment.  It ...

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The General Election

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Queen Elizabeth I kindly remarked “We have quite forgot the fart” to put at ease the courtier returning from some years in the wilderness.  Let us hope that the electorate can say as much, concerning the Moat, the Duck House, the Cash for Questions, the Iraq War, Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Banking Crisis.  After all, they all of them mean well and in every case could claim our mandate!  A big turnout will show that we have quite forgot.

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That Dress!

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An incredible story arose after the wedding.  Seemingly Grace’s mother had been wondering about a dress that she thought of wearing, so she sent a picture to Grace for an opinion.  Due to some optical illusion (apparently due to individual “settings” of the visual spectrum) Grace, her mother and everybody else who looked at the dress saw it as Blue and Black, whereas people looking at the picture were divided – many especially refined and sophisticated persons saw it as ...

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Cnoc an Ardrigh

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Readers might remember the Christmas competition, which aimed to identify a tiny holding on the 1808 Estate Map; purely by chance, it has now been noticed that the area in question has a proper name and is clearly shewn on the modern O.S. map – it is Cnoc an Ardrigh.  As many people will know, Symington Grieve had been told that this was some sort of “pleasure ground” associated with Dun Eibhinn and he took the name to mean “Hill ...

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Oban Times March 8th, 1879

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COLONSAY Ploughing Match:  Competitions for ploughing supremacy were commenced on this island twenty-four years ago, and, with the exception of a few years’ break, have been continued to this day.  The last was held on the 14th ult. , on Kiloran farm, tenanted by Mr. William Stroyan.  The morning opened wet and unpromising, but as the day advanced the weather cleared up, with a sharp east wind, which, however bracing to the nerves of the competitors, nearly killed the onlookers, ...

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Christmas Competition Result

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Our illustration is from David Wilson’s Colonsay Map of 1808. Good copies were available at the Post Office and Pantry and readers were challenged to locate and describe any trace of the building in the enclosure, which obviously lies somewhere between The Black Gate and Machrins Farm.

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The temporary editor launched an expedition so as to be able to judge the results; after much ...

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Christmas Competition

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Our illustration is from a later edition of David Wilson’s Colonsay Map of 1804; this particular edition includes the new Mill, so is probably dated about 1870, but the edition is not relevant.  We have reproduced a section between Scalasaig and Machrins, and it shows the new road passing An Garbh Cladaich, but does not yet show the one across the Monadh Thomach (which is, presumably, as yet undrained).

 

A “D” shaped enclosure is shewn to the south of the road ...

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A Recipe Shared

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Bob and Alison liked this so much they thought they would share it with Corncrake readers.  If you have a recipe you thinks deserves to be shared please email colonsayldohannah@gmail.com
SPRING  LUNCH  for two

 
This is what we had today, 27th May, making use of our new flush of homegrown  salad greens and herbs, and eaten in the garden of course, on such a gorgeous day!

 
Mussels and Chorizo in Garlic Butter
Salad with sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Home-baked ...

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