Sunday, 5 June 2022


My apologies for the long silence on this blog.
However, I am now returning and intend to do so for the future as I just know Richard 
would be delighted to know of it's continuation....

Life has been hectic for the past few weeks.
According to his wishes Richard was cremated earlier this month and 
instead of one of the more traditional Services I organised 
that family and close friends got together up at Summer Cottage last Tuesday 31st May.
Images of Richard throughout the years here on Skye and photographs 
from his very early years until more recently were dotted about the cottage 
whilst his favourite music - including his beloved 'Dire Straits' - were 
audible in the background throughout.
It was wonderful!  I related many of my own memories of our 26 years
together and gradually many others were also shared whilst we sat 
enjoying the warmth of the atmosphere plus the tea and home baking!
He would have loved it - and somehow I do feel that he did!

Afterwards his ashes were taken down to Roskhill Barn where 
some were sprinkled underneath the wee oak tree that he planted 
on our allotment ten years ago.  This was also his desired wish.............
whilst the remainder will be poured into the River Roskhill from where 
they will drift into the sea around this beautiful island that he loved so much.

Above Richard and dearest Basil relaxing in our lounge back in 2010
following a long afternoon walk in Dunvegan Woods!
The other two above were also taken that same year - the top one
in our garden and the other whilst on a walk over near Neist Point 
on a fabulous summer's day!! 

Monday, 9 May 2022

It is with great sadness and regret 
that I have to announce the passing of my wonderful Richard,
- greatest friend, companion and husband 
for the past 26 years!

It was with him that I shared much laughter, happiness,
life in both Kent and then living the dream up here on the magical Isle of Skye
for the past 13 years where we operated both a successful B&B 
and our holiday cottage business.
We loved each other, the work and the times we shared together.

Thank you Richard SO much for all the dreams we were able to fulfill.
You will be greatly missed.....

Richard on his birthday in 2011 !!
The grin says it all :)
(18.3.1951 - 8.5.2022)


Sunday, 17 April 2022

Still Here!

I am going through quite a journey. 

There are not many absolute certainties in life, though one of them is that life will one day end. It hits hard when one learns that the end is suddenly going to be rather sooner that one might have expected.

Since my last post here, around two weeks ago, I have undergone numerous tests and procedures, and I am roughly half way through a course of intensive radiotherapy.  The aim of the therapy is to shrink the tumour that is blocking my throat. Progress is slow, and I am still unable to swallow. I am receiving nutrition, fluids and most mediation via pumps through a tube directly into my stomach. None of this is pleasant, so I will dwell on it no further.

The hospital I am in is Raigmore, Inverness. It was largely built about 50 years ago, and with some 450 beds, the hospital is the largest in the Highlands. In spite of media stories about the dire state of the NHS, I can only say that the quality of care that I am receiving is of the highest standard. I have my own private room, with my own loo, shower and lights. There is even a nice view to distant forests and mountains out of the window. I certainly feel confident that if anything is going to give me a longer go at this life, then the staff and facilities at this hospital are going to do it with me.

It is something of an understatement to say that my presence here is a life changing experience. In such a short space of time, my world has been turned inside out and upside down, and I have to come to terms with nothing ever being the same again. My cancer is incurable. My eventual demise is inevitable, but what is happening now is hopefully buying me some extra weeks, maybe months. Plans that Sue and I were forming to slow-down the cottage bookings and eventually close down our holiday business, have been brought forward. Sadly for many of our visitors, we have had to cancel bookings, though hopefully most will be able to rebook elsewhere fairly readily.

I understand that in my absence from Roskhill, the Potting Shed greenhouse is now complete. I look forward to seeing that as soon as I can! While I am here, my wonderful wife, Sue, and Cupar of course, are staying at our little Strathpeffer cottage, which is just 20 miles from here - what a good thing we bought that when we did! Sue is being magnificently supported by her sister, Helen, who has selflessly put her life on hold and has pledged to stay in Scotland with Sue 'as long as she is needed' - which is a further reassurance for me.

So, for today, and every day henceforth, my number 1 aim will be to remain determined and positive for the future. I will report back again as and when there is something to report!

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Thank you!

 It is so lovely to receive your kind and generous comments following on from my last post. They are all so unexpected and very much appreciated.