Talisker Storm

Talisker, a perfect whisky for a cool autumn evening or a cold winter night, or, as it turns out, a chill May evening in Victoria. We were first introduced to Talisker at the 2014 Victoria Highland Games by our friend from Clan Campbell. It was a bit brisk for May and we needed a bit of warmth as we waited for the Torchlight Ceremony to begin. And thus a love affair with Talisker began. Continue reading

Tony MacAulay’s Paperboy: Brilliant!

I’m very fortunate. I grew up in a home with parents that encouraged us nightly to not only watch the news, local, national and international, but to discuss these issues over the dinner table. Mom and Dad believed it was important for us to try to understand issues, whether it was discussing Canadian politics, the Vietnam War or the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But, that being said, as a Canadian growing up in the 60’s and 70’s on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, there’s absolutely no way I could ever have a full understanding of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. And I never will, never could, because I was raised in peace and security where the scariest thing that happened in my life was the FLQ crisis in Quebec. We didn’t have soldiers patrolling the streets, bombs a threat or gunfire a regular occurrence.

Tony MacAulay’s poignant memoir Paperboy gives insight into the Belfast reality through great storytelling and humour. Continue reading

The Dalmore

If you enjoy visiting whisky distilleries Dalmore is a must. You have to book in advance for your tour. I had booked our tour while still in Canada taking into account that we would traveling from Ullapool to Dalmore after taking the ferry back to the mainland from the Isle of Lewis. We arrived at the ferry landing in Stornoway and wondered why no other vehicles were in line. Turns out we’d arrived an hour early and our ferry didn’t leave until 7 am, not 6 am. Oops! Continue reading

Ian Hamilton and the Stone of Destiny

We first learned of the story of the Stone of Destiny when we were in Scotland 2 years ago and our cottage on the Isle of Lewis had a few Scottish movies. We watched it and fell in love with the story. There were portions of the movie that seemed like comic relief until I read the book and learned that that was the reality of their experience. Ian Hamilton’s memoir of these fateful events is well crafted and provides insight into Scotland of the 1950s. The story, as well as inspiring feelings of pride, provides historical context, has humour and passion. This is one of the many books that we carry with us as a display item at our clan tent. Continue reading