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Vacation Mull and Iona - Scraps & Stitches
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Vacation Mull and Iona
On the way to the ferry which will take us over to Iona we came across this house for sale..You can just see the white house in the first photo.
Photo number two is the view it has down to the sea. Tempting would love to wake up to this view everyday but after spending some time on Mull don't think I could hack it, too isolated with only a small co-op or Spar to do your shopping. They are like a 7-11 in the USA. Want anything more have to get on a ferry to Oban.

Mull

Mull

This is Iona.

Iona

Iona

Iona

This photo was taken from Iona looking back over to Mull.

Iona
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chriselora55 From: chriselora55 Date: October 11th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful photos Janet. Glad you got dry weather.

Thank you for sharing.
justmej From: justmej Date: October 13th, 2011 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a beautiful place. We did have some dry weather,but for some reason when in Scotland even if it rains we love it..
snailbones From: snailbones Date: October 11th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


Isn't it gorgeous? I once went on a retreat to Iona for a fortnight, and came back with a smile that wouldn't quit!

Lovely piccies, thank you - you've brought back all sorts of great memories. That house looks awfully tempting... could I manage without Tesco Home Delivery though? *hg*

I hope you had a great time - all that fresh air is terribly bracing and good for you!

justmej From: justmej Date: October 13th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Iona, lucky you spending a long time there. Having done the trip this time self catering. I don't think I could live without the big supermarket close by. I love to cook Spar doesn't cut it really.

Rain or shine we love it out there. The day we chose to go to Iona was a shine day.
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 11th, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
My neck of the woods!

Did you try going to Staffa? It's worth the trip, as long as you're dressed for cold. I remember going there with two friends one very hot summer day, and there was a young lassie in T-shirt and shorts who looked at us as if we were mad - wrapped up in heavy coats as we were. Nobody else was really wrapped up, but nobody else was as dressed-for-heat as she was. We hadn't gone far when she - and everyone else - realised that we knew what we were doing. She was frozen!
justmej From: justmej Date: October 13th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
We didn't go to Staffa this time. Went last time to see the puffins. I will go again sometime in the spring they are wonderful little birds.

We were lucky with the weather most of the rain fell over night, but we don't let that stop us anyway.

bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 13th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the puffins are great wee birds! And if you're up this way, feel free to visit.
justmej From: justmej Date: October 14th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
For some reason I thought you were in Glasgow.. When I'm that way on next time. I will find out your address and stop buy. Would be nice if we could have another con one day so we could all get together again.
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 14th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, not Glasgow - I'm about thirty miles from Mull by crow. On a clear day I can see it - well, the tops of the hills - from the window in my spare bedroom (there's a tree in the way if I look out of my bedroom window). (This icon shows Crinan and Scarba from about two miles west of where I live)
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: October 11th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the Hebrides and have visited many of them, but they're terribly isolated, it's true and the winter are hellish.

Just...so beautiful. So peaceful.
justmej From: justmej Date: October 13th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
We love them as well.. If we were younger think we would really look into moving out there. We were told with the jet stream so close, they had to go to the main land for snow. ( not last winter as we all got it then)I would live in Stornaway, it even has tropical tree's growning.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: October 13th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
The first palm trees I ever saw were there :-) My dad always wanted to retire to Barra, their favourite island, but Mum wouldn't, much though she loved it. When I say 'hellish' it's not the cold, it's the darkness; in winter, it goes dark very early and stays that way, along with a LOT of rain and high winds and the isolation as the visitors trickle off can be intense. We were once the first visitors to Jura after a long winter and we were greeted with such a welcome that we were quite bewildered. We were told we were the first fresh faces people had seen in months and that was why.

justmej From: justmej Date: October 14th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
My dad always wanted to retire to Barra:)
Wow Barra is way out hubby said that was where he would like to be. I liked it as well but No I couldn't live there.

Stornaway would be good though.

On Mull they are trying to get at least 500 more people to live there full time. They have a population of 3000, they need more revenue, so want to up the head count some. Allot of new house building is going on right now.
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 14th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are palms all up the west coast... and we're at much the same latitude as Labrador.

When I was younger, I had dreams of moving to Wester Ross (I was never tempted by the Islands) but I came to realise that even if you visit in the winter as well as the summer and know what you're letting yourself in for, you really have to grow up in that remote an area to manage happily when you're retired. So I settled for moving to Argyll. Still the rural west coast but not as remote. Besides, one of my two best friends lives here. Going further north, I wouldn't have known anyone.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: October 16th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure my dad would've regretted it, even though he'd been going there for years in summer and autumn and got to know one local family very well.
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: October 17th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
A woman I worked with years ago went to teach in Orkney. We stayed in touch for a year or two, and she told me that the turnover of population was very high. People wanting 'away from the rat race' who had had a summer holiday in Orkney, sold up and moved there, and after one winter moved back to the UK mainland. One woman had realised that winter conditions would be different and rented a house instead of buying so that she could experience the entire year - I think she did end up staying - but most of them, who'd lived in big towns, just couldn't hack the island winter

I don't know if my acquaintance stayed on long term, but she'd lived in a small country town so had a reasonable idea of what to expect of a rural winter, at least.
therentgirls From: therentgirls Date: October 11th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
How very beautiful! Thank you for sharing the pictures.
justmej From: justmej Date: October 13th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It truly is one of the most beautiful places on this earth.
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