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It's been a very quiet summer and the weather hasn't been the best. Travel-wise we had a short trip up to Arisaig in April but it was pretty cold. Went to Ullapool for about 10 days in May and had a very good time. First two days were very hot (we had a night travelling up at Invernahavon, a lovely wee campsite). Thereafter the weather was okay but we only had maybe three afternoons with some good light. By chance met a picture framer who used to work at Bourne.

In August had a week at Sunnyside Croft campsite near Arisaig. Rained every day bar one but would clear every afternoon, even if briefly. We saw a lot of rain, probably the wettest week I've ever had on the west coast. But from my point of view got some excellent light effects – better than clear blue skies!

I am now nearly finished painting for my Scottish Gallery show in February – has gone well and very pleased with the paintings. Paintings being photographed next month and remaining frames and gilding to be done over the following months, but everything well on target.

I have included a photo of dead stoat found roadside. They sometimes bounce along the dyke just at the window of our conservatory. One came along just when a pheasant was nearby with her two remaining chicks .... didn't see the chicks again.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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I really enjoyed the Neil Macdonald exhibiion at the Open Eye gallery. A lovely take on very Scottish subject matter, combined with excellent draughtsmanship and quite a painterly technique, all provide for a very refreshing show – as can be seen from this novel depiction of the Bass Rock.