We've just returned from an amazing week's holiday in Cornwall. Jen and I stayed at a place we’ve returned to again and again. Trelowarren is an old estate on the Lizard that rents out lovely cottages deep in a forest. Besides brilliant woodlands to walk away the stresses of work, they also have an excellent restaurant, pool, spa and tennis court. We always go out of season. Then we have the run of the place for walks and snuggling in front of the wood-burning stove while watching endless episodes of The West Wing or The Sopranos.
It's often said of the Hebrides that it's a great place to bring up children. The area has the highest number of graduates per head of population in the country.
But after finishing school many young people leave the islands for further education.
The lure of jobs and urban entertainment stops many returning, except for holidays.
This picture of Duncan Maynard was taken on Mangersta beach on the far west coast of Lewis in 1983.