The boys lit by candles and lamps around our kitchen table. Power cuts and hellish weather in late October.
It was the first time that all three boys have been home for a couple of months, as Charlie and Hamish are now away at Uni, and Magnus is often away, cycling, training or visiting his girlfriend in Paisley. Luckily cycling, training and visiting his girlfriend are often the same thing, as she is another young Scotland star, on the track, rather than Magnus's MTB.
Charlie is now a relaxed and serious third year, thinking about his thesis and looking for "interesting" Masters courses. Hamish is having a ball as a fresher at Strathclyde Business School, enjoying his course and having his girlfriend living in the next block of flats.
One final point, this picture reminds me of the Procol Harem album cover "Every picture tells a story" - if you are under 45 ask your Mum, she might just remember it.
Ben Loyal seen from the Watchill - Coldbackie. Taken in October 2003 (I think, this version has lost its EXE data).
This photo popped up in the most unexpected place today. Almost surreal. I was interviewing for senior staff for a new Research Lab that we are setting up, and the candidates all had to give presentations.
A few slides into one of the early PowerPoint's, and I this picture appeared on the screen. I thought, hang on I took that, how does the candidate know its one one of mine. Then I asked
"Excuse Me - where did you get the photo of Ben Loyal?"
"Oh - I downloaded it from the web - Flickr I think"
"Mmmm - I took it you know......"
First question after he finished:-
"So what's your view's on Copyright and License agreements?"
This is the second Beatrice Windturbine, all tucked up for the winter.
According to the press reports in the P&J, they missed the weather window for installing the second machine. The real story is, allegedly , that they were all ready to load the turbine on to the barge when someone drove a crane into the assembly. Bits broke and needed fixed, the Rambiz had to move on to another job, and so they missed the weather window.
My source - a group of 12 year old Cromarty kids. They always seem to know better than a group of journalists. Looks like this tower is a feature of the Cromarty skyline for the next few months.