'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menorminiscing; As It Was

There was an email from the father. It contained a vid-clip from the tubular channel. An entertaining clip, at that. The wee place mentioned is Achriesgill (you'll find it on this map link); it's a long way up the Bonny Land.

Whilst the entertainment value is there for any to enjoy, I did wonder why it had been sent. A chat with the dear ol' dad on the telephone brought out the little nugget that "that's where I went on the bus with my father to visit my granny."

Don't recall ever hearing about my great granny on his side. My mother's family is a full picture (more or less) to us, but the father's...? It turns out that when my GG married she had to leave her father's croft on the Isle of Skye to go to hubby's, just a wee bit North of Achriesgill 'but not as far as Kinlochbervie'. The now very fascinating bus trip was made in a year that would have been not much earlier than this film was made; but, I am reassured, it was not this post bus in which he travelled, but a 'proper' coach. However, the lifestyle shown here is pretty much what he remembers.

...and is pretty much how it remains! Even the roads are much the same. Crofting declined quite badly for some time, but has had something of a revival up in those regions (something with which our blogpal Bertie and his Gail are familiar).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this wee glimpse of the Scottish Highlands all the more for knowing how close is the connection!


  1. YaYa your Dad's email and video must have made you eager to see just what was what being it was all new to you. I'd love to see this film in technicolor with all those beautiful hills. Some hearty pups in the film too as well as boys. Those were the days when folks really 'worked with their hands' and could basically do anything.
    Hugs HiC

  2. Far from the Madding Crowd
    Served their land well

    Great little clip.

  3. Interesting the things that bring up memories of untold stories!

  4. WE loved the video. Beautiful countrysides.

  5. If only we still had buses in the NW Highlands!
    (I'll view the film in full this evening).
    Cheers! Gail.

  6. that was super touching to see the video... and there are so much stories behind every story and every peep ... thanks so much for sharing...

  7. Hello, wonderful video. I love the countryside. The roads look narrow and curvy, they must be fun to drive there. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week ahead!

  8. It's amazing how different family keeps records such as letter and photos. I have hardly anything from my mom side.
    Coffee is on

  9. So very interesting. The part of Texas where I grew up was deep, rich soil with no rocks. No stone walls to mark boundaries, fence rows usually with trees marked the divisions. I can go back to the farm area where we lived and still see a few of the trees standing. Very interesting movie. namaste, Janice xx

  10. That is amazing. Those stone walls seem so familiar!!!
    We had big rains (100+ mm) over the last few days. And a tree down. sigh.


Inquiry and debate are encouraged.
For personal contact, please use the email box on the Wild YAM/Contact page.