Art tour day

A warm sunny day broke loose this morning encouraging an exploration of the flora and fauna in the yard of our VRBO. Insects were much more active with the increased temperature. As part of my ongoing journey to appreciate all that is around me and look for beauty in the oft reviled or ignored a few pictures follow. I force myself to forgive the impulse to swat for a moment and instead look for beauty in the fine details.

This was a most interesting finding. I don’t have an explanation but suspect some insect secreted the mass of bubbles (eggs?) for a specific reason. Those entomologists among us feel free!!

After a leisurely breakfast we headed out on a studio tour day to explore some of the artisans on the Isle of Skye. Our first stop was a fascinating tannery called SkyeSkyns. Started 40+ years ago it remains true to the traditions and equipment from former generations. Grace, our guide was knowledgeable and forthcoming with all kinds of information and demonstrations of the equipment used in the tanning process.

This paddle machine used to soften the hides after salting was still in use. I would have bet a lot of money that the corrosion encrusted motor would not move or at least start a fire if turned on. So much for my knowledge of old equipment. It worked fine.

A shop displaying a large selection of finished products turned out to have a shipping program for people who wish to travel with carrry-on luggage only. No I’m not explaining that any more!

A lovely tea house set up in a yurt accompanied the tannery. This stop turned out to offer the best scone I have had so far in Scotland. Complete with espresso coffee and clotted cream I was in heaven.

After leaving the tannery we came upon some of the famous Highland cattle (Scottish Gaelic: Bò Ghàidhealach; Scots: Hielan coo). They were happy to pose for some portraits.

A short jaunt away I was fascinated by three chickens clucking and following along behind a fellow. He said they were hungry and knew he was going to feed them.

Our last stop was to wander through a pottery studio and workspace.

We leave tomorrow for Glasgow and start our way back home.

A big thank you to all who followed along on this journey.

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  1. Nola Leighton June 20, 2023 at 6:38 am #

    Goodness Trent! I only received this blog today! I see it’s nearly a month old but just as gorgeous as the others you sent from Scotland. I thoroughly enjoyed it despite it being what might be called “old news!” You’re amazing. The ‘’buggy’ world cannot escape your camera lens. So beautiful.

  2. Kelly Koski May 28, 2023 at 7:41 am #

    Trent, I am completely guessing .. the beautiful bubbles and the larger droplet( that reminds me of blown glass) …. might be caused by a Spittlebug. In other words… ahem,first flies and now? You’ve got me admiring pictures of….spit!!

  3. Don May 26, 2023 at 6:11 am #

    Thank you, Trent and family, for taking me along on your tour. Equally pleasurable to Trent’s commentary and photos was the observation of joyful companionship. Travel well and safely home.

  4. Leona May 25, 2023 at 3:27 pm #

    Those photos of the oft-reviled are true gifts to your followers. Thank you.

  5. Earl May 25, 2023 at 2:34 pm #

    Insects, tannery, heilan coos and pottery: that was a great day of photos.

    Thanks to letting me tag along. I too had a interesting trip.


  6. Kelly Koski May 25, 2023 at 2:27 pm #

    All right, Trent Watts….we are going to have to have a wee chat. I’ll be honest,here. I. don’t. like. flies .at .all.
    I have seen some fishing lures- I think they’re called,flies?
    Honestly,those fishing flies are kinda nice, I guess… but as I’m not keen on fishing….
    HOW – exactly,…HOW…the blazes have you managed to get me not just looking at pictures of flies but actually,admiring a
    fly ??.(..that first fly photo you took) and then, gasping out loud and saying to myself, “Ooh,that blue is gorgeous!”
    Gobsmacked,I am!!

  7. Ken Luthi May 25, 2023 at 2:06 pm #

    Looks like you had a fantastic vacation and I really enjoyed looking at all the beautiful pictures.It made a lovely mini vacation for me Thanks a lot

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