Showing posts from April, 2013

Je Suis Prest ~ Et Vous?

The July Jamie and Claire Tour for Outlandish Spirits has room for two more adventurers!   What's the catch? You have to sign on by May 4th!  AND you have to be willing to share a big beautiful double/king bed in our different accommodation selections.  You can be husband & wife, partner & partner, friend & friend, daughter & mum.... oh you get the picture... ALL are welcome!  And here's a picture for you: Are you OUTLANDISH enough to join us? Go to:


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Daemonology - the library of

For novelists and fans of Diana Gabaldon, this post is about a very special library where some wonderful works for historical research are kept.  It's just across the fields from us and is called Innerpeffray.  It's the oldest and first free lending library in Scotland, set up in about 1680.  It's not a big place, nor is it hugely well known.  It lies on the end of a dead end track by the river, surrounded by farmed fields.  Quite unassuming really. The collection of books, however, is truly amazing for the historical novelist or researcher.  Most, if not all, are first editions, some from the 1500s.  There are several bibles from the dawn of the printing press; there is a philosophical treatise written by King James VI of Scotland who wasa keen student of the occult and indeed presided personally over some witch trials; there are other books from 1600s on Spectres and Demonology, essentially "witchfinder manuals"; there is the personal bible of James Graham, the …

Sporan Making

This Highland craft is one that Scot keeps up. Today, he finished a sporan (pics) for a groom that he will be marrying (and dressing) for a wedding at MacDonald of Sleat's castle in May. It's a leather-work craft performed with hand tools.

And here's some previous sporans that he made, just for the pretty pictures.

I was thinking that perhaps the sporans would make nice additions to the tours, for my guests I mean, to wear while they hike the hills.  My Outlandish Spirits could order them in advance (made to order) and he'd have them ready for the Grand Adventure.  He can't make too many so it would be on a first come first served basis.  They cost £65 (one colour) and £80 (harlequin colours) for the ones with the belt loop and £85 for the strapped one (for ladies).  If you'd like one, you can see more on his weddings website and order them on The order page.