'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone



Friday, September 30, 2016

Candlemas Bay by Ruth Moore

This book was originally published in 1950 and reprinted by Blackberry Books in the 1990's. 308 pages

The Ellis family was a well known and respected family in Candlemas Bay, ME for many generations. Nathaniel Ellis settled it when he was just 19. Grampie, Jebron Ellis, is the last of the old line. His son, Guy, is an alcoholic. Guy's son Jeb is made from the old mould and wants to learn everything he can about his ancestors and their livelihood -fishing. Guy does nothing to help him. Grampie takes him under his wing.

Highly in debt, and owing Grampie a large debt for a loan to get a new modern fishing boat, Guy moved his family of 8 in with Grampie and Guy's three sisters. Tensions are high with sister Candy who thinks she rules the roost. Could there be a bit of insanity going on with her?
A tragedy happens and everyones lives are forever changed.

I loved, loved, loved this one of Ruth Moore's books. I couldn't put it down. I read it in two days. Ms. Moore is a master at communicating a place and a people, their thoughts, their talk, their geography. She takes you there to feel the spray of the ocean and feel the damp of the fog and smell the food cooking in the kitchen. This is the third of her books I've read, you can read the other two reviews here. I have 4 more of her books on the shelf to read and I'm hoping I can find the rest someday!

This is a nice write up on Ruth Moore if your interested.

Peggy Ann

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Drown the Wind by Margaret Page Hood

from book jacket...
Andy Bruce was the most hated resident of craggy, windswept Fox Island off the coast of Maine. A tough, vigorous bantam of Yankee shrewdness, he had stepped on the toes of most of his neighbors as he clawed his way to control of the island's property and wealth.

When Andy's body was found one frosty dawn - his skull smashed in by a marlin spike - Gil Donan faced his most baffling case and an almost limitless array of prime suspects:
-Old Bill Pickford, who was about to be destroyed by Andy's latest political coup.
-Bill's wife, Emma, who had tried to temper Andy's ambition and passions by throwing herself on his mercy.
-Letty Peaslee, a pale, delicate beauty whose destiny was under Andy Bruce's sinister control.
-Letty's finance, Jimmie, a handsome, rebellious young man who knew the secret of a sensational real-estate deal Andy was plotting to work out with a Hollywood movie star.

These and a host of other suspects - all of them stubborn, proud, and craftily evasive - force Sheriff Donan to draw upon all his ingenuity and skill to unravel his toughest case.

With keen understanding of Maine islanders and their ways and an infallible ear for their sprightly talk, Margaret Page Hood has created her finest story of murder and suspense. Drown the Wind is the most exciting Gil Donan mystery of all - a splendidly plotted book, rich in characterization, memorable in atmosphere and mood, and sparkling with salty wit.


By the end of the first chapter your rooting for someone, anyone, to murder hateful, egotistical Andy Bruce! Then the fun of finding out who finally had enough and did begins! Another great mystery by Margaret Page Hood! Sadly this is the last Gil Donan book. There's one other mystery set on Fox Island, but it doesn't feature Donan.

I loved all of her books, her sense of place and characterizations are spot on and I devour these little mysteries set in a place I adore. If you haven't read them, try to get your hands on a copy and you'll be hooked too!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Plockton, Home of Hamish MacBeth

Plockton is the town where the BBC TV series Hamish MacBeth was filmed, along with Kyle of Lochalsh which I mentioned where the bridge to Skye was in a previous post.  Robert Carlyle played Hamish. It ran for 3 seasons. Did you see it? It was pretty decent.

It's a lovely town, even has palm trees! This is probably one of my top fav places I've been to in Scotland. We ate dinner at The Plockton Inn and it was THE best hamburger I've ever eaten. No shopping here, just a wee tiny corner gift shop and it is the building that was used in the show for the grocery/sundry shop where everyone always convened. We went up to Plockton after spending the day on Skye.

You can watch the whole TV series on Youtube!

Couple shots on the way to Plockton...




Cows were roaming everywhere in this village. Grazing right next to someones back door. Not sure I'd like that, have to watch where you stepped when you hung your laundry out to dry!












The store used in the TV Series

Fuchsia grows like crazy here in Scotland. At home in the States I only ever see it in hanging pots!




Sherlock Holmes is alive and well and living in Plockton!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Driving through the Highlands

The Highlands are amazing! The epic vistas are breathtaking. Most of these I took from the car window on our way to Dornie. You just have to be there and see them for yourself to get the magnitude of their beauty. Click on them to enlarge.












We had to pull off the road for two of these incredibly long, huge wind blades to pass.
They are the blades on the wind turbines dotting Scotland







Saturday, September 24, 2016

Isle of Skye

We dipped into the Isle of Skye one day. Made it as far as Portree. What an experience! The weather was amazing. I have read many times in my Scottish books about smirr. I finally experienced it! It's a fine rain, drizzle.  Along with midges! Nasty little bugs! The rain moved in and out, you could see it coming. Very fine, but soaking, then the sun would pop out and the upside to this was rainbows!





Portree harbour

 This Scania truck thought he could make it but think again! You can see below how tight it was. He's backing out now after thinking better of it. Check out the fella in the back of the truck on the left watching! A little crowd had gathered to watch.

Portree
Smirr moving in!









Rainbow in the background here too! Enlarge it



Picked up my snazzy hat at a charity shop on Skye. Jack and I are twins now!

This shot is of the bridge to Skye from Kyle of Lochalsh


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