The Quern-Dust Calendar

From 1986 to 2008 Raghnall MacilleDhuibh (Ronnie Black) contributed an article every fortnight to the West Highland Free Press on various subjects relating to Gaelic tradition. The first number was called “Signs in the Sky” and numbers 2 to 12 “Weather watching in Gaelic tradition and folklore”. From number 13 to late 1990 it was called “Seasons”, and then “The Quern-Dust Calendar”. They are reproduced here for your enjoyment.

Click on the number to see the article.

The earlier articles were done on a typewriter so they are here as jpegs, just as they appeared in the newspaper. Articles from June 1994 onwards were written on a computer so they are shown as submitted to the newspaper, but saved here as pdfs.

We are grateful to the editor of the West Highland Free Press for permission to reproduce these articles. Copyright remains with the author.

8 August 1986

Signs in the sky

22 August 1986

Clouds, mist and rain

5 September 1986

The sky as an “ever-moving map”

19 September 1986

When it really was an ill wind . . .

3 October 1986

The “bare” winds blow the coldest

17 October 1986

The sea and the mountains

7 November 1986

“Here is the Feather Forecast”

21 November 1986

Wind-bags and weather-bugs

5 December 1986

Bats, cats and big toes . . .

26 December 1986

Raising the wind

9 January 1987

The signs of the times . . .

23 January 1987

North wind, cold and flaying

13 February 1987

“A lean cow coming home . . .”

27 February 1987

Sgrìob liath an earraich: the grey track of spring

13 March 1987

Naming the winds of spring

27 March 1987

It's Biters, Sweepers and Whistlers

10 April 1987

An gearran agus an damhag: the cutter and the oxer

24 April 1987

Last of the gusty zoomorphs?

8 May 1987

“Between two Beltanes”

22 May 1987

“Be ready to move at the term . . .”

5 June 1987

“Patron saint of the Highlands”

19 June 1987

Fire, water and the St John con

3 July 1987

The star of the shieling

24 July 1987

Yellow month, dog-days and bordertime

31 July 1987

Hands off the ancient Lammas!

14 August 1987

St Maolrubha 1: “Good Ma’ Ruibhe!”

28 August 1987

St Maolrubha: who was he?

11 September 1987

Féill Ròid of the Roaring

25 September 1987

The day of the quern-dust . . .

9 October 1987

The harvest maiden

23 October 1987

The old wife and the crippled goat

6 November 1987

Eleven days to Martinmas

20 November 1987

Old style, new style

4 December 1987

Cha robh Nollaig Mhór gun fheòil

18 December 1987

Boil-Cinn na Nollaig

1 January 1988

Beating the skin

15 January 1988

Blackberries in February

29 January 1988

Old things uncoiling in the earth

12 February 1988

Shrovetide secrets from Rome

26 February 1988

Month of multicoloured weather

11 March 1988

When every waterfall is pregnant

25 March 1988

The year of the yellow snow

8 April 1988

The three days of the hogs

22 April 1988

The storm of the Borrowing Days

6 May 1988

The national food of the Highlands

20 May 1988

May: first month of summer

3 June 1988

Lochaber’s midsummer saint

17 June 1988

The Spanish Princess

1 July 1988

Songs of the summer

15 July 1988

Following the peat

29 July 1988

Female saints or female sinners?

12 August 1988

Great Marymas of the Clergy

26 August 1988

Summer toil, harvest gold

9 September 1988

When cattle passed for gold

23 September 1988

He imposed a law on the clans

7 October 1988

The honest Highland cowboys

21 October 1988

Hallowe’en: window on the future

4 November 1988

The black badlands of November

18 November 1988

The bend in the river

2 December 1988

Bare month of colds and coughs

16 December 1988

Strife with strokes unlimited

30 December 1988

Kicking up a shinty

13 January 1989

“I spent last night very quiet”

27 January 1989

Who was Ivor’s daughter?

10 February 1989

The great fair of St Brigid

24 February 1989

Hunger’s a good cook

10 March 1989

All hands to the shore

24 March 1989

When the sun dances

7 April 1989

Ploughing a lonely furrow

21 April 1989

What a man sows . . .

5 May 1989

At the seaweed-face

19 May 1989

The day of the herring

2 June 1989

Kelp: the castle’s reward

16 June 1989

“On another planet”: the herring-girls

30 June 1989

St Peter’s: a great day for crowdie

14 July 1989

St Martin’s forty days of rain

28 July 1989

The songs of summer

11 August 1989

St Angus and his stones

25 August 1989

The last of Maolrubha’s brood

8 September 1989

The ritual of the guga hunt on “Gannet Skerry”

22 September 1989

The travels of Barra’s crop saint

6 October 1989

Coan: Skye bridge’s patron saint?

20 October 1989

The night of the smearing-pot

3 November 1989

Muttering darkly and taking stock

17 November 1989

The songs of winter

1 December 1989

Andrew: Scotland’s spurious saint

15 December 1989

Geigean, the king of winter

29 December 1989

The Gaick Disaster – Part 1

12 January 1990

The Gaick Disaster – Part 2

26 January 1990

By God and St Nàile?

9 February 1990

The patron saint of yuppies?

23 February 1990

Card, spin and wind . . . wind, spin and card

9 March 1990

The saintfullest week of the year

23 March 1990

The week of the hag

6 April 1990

Songs of spring translated

20 April 1990

Saints of Eigg and elsewhere

4 May 1990

All the fun of the fair

18 May 1990

May – Golden Joytime of St Mary

1 June 1990

The stern herdsman of Iona

15 June 1990

Calum’s Fair, Colin’s Fair

29 June 1990

The sound of the wilderness

13 July 1990

Shielings: in the bothy of fun

27 July 1990

The isle of the nine virgins

10 August 1990

When was the shieling season?

24 August 1990

What were shielings made of?

7 September 1990

The old fairs of Skye

21 September 1990

Cailleach an Dùdain, key to the year?

5 October 1990

By the light of the Michaelmas moon

19 October 1990

The dance of The Thorny Croft

2 November 1990

Hallowe’en: prognostication and chaos

16 November 1990

The inbetweenness of Hallowe’en

30 November 1990

All the days of the week

14 December 1990

Reading the bone – 1

28 December 1990

Reading the bone – 2

11 January 1991

Epiphany and Handsel Monday

25 January 1991

Monday, the key of the week

8 February 1991

The four that came over

22 February 1991

The crisis time of the year

8 March 1991

A look at one man’s March

22 March 1991

Monday, Tuesday, Monday, Tuesday . . .

5 April 1991

We die every day . . .

19 April 1991

Unlucky Wednesday

3 May 1991

Bubbling to the surface

17 May 1991

What did you leave behind you?

31 May 1991

Lucky Thursday – but not always

14 June 1991

Turning thatch into potatoes

28 June 1991

“I can theek wi’ any wan thing”

12 July 1991

The earth mother and the cailleach

26 July 1991

The first of August

9 August 1991

The glorious lamp of the poor

23 August 1991

On the first night of the moon

6 September 1991

Runrig – dream and reality

20 September 1991

The moon and the tides

4 October 1991

The moon, the weather – and MacNeil

18 October 1991

Bringer of the new month

1 November 1991

When the dead come to life

15 November 1991

The month around Hallowe’en

29 November 1991

The month-names of Coligny

13 December 1991

Lucky months and borrowed days

27 December 1991

Sweet influences on the year

10 January 1992

When was the New Year?

24 January 1992

Bridging the spring gap

7 February 1992

Brigid, mother of spring

21 February 1992

The sighs and the laughter of spring

6 March 1992

On snakes and MacIvers

20 March 1992

Patrick of the special powers

3 April 1992

Life and hope after St Patrick’s

17 April 1992

Black Humphy of the Hill

1 May 1992

Humpty the cosmic egg

15 May 1992

Saturday’s my darling

29 May 1992

The trouble with Carmina

12 June 1992

St Ternan: of cows and gods

26 June 1992

Sixty-six, Humph of the Sticks?

10 July 1992

Missing presumed killed

24 July 1992

The old “Sunday Sixties”

7 August 1992

Sunday sayings, Sabbath sayings

21 August 1992

Sunday: the Law and the Poem

4 September 1992

Sunday wood and Sunday water

18 September 1992

A thousand years of Sundays

2 October 1992

Sunday rules: ‘Men’ and cows

16 October 1992

Bearing the Sabbath burden

30 October 1992

Putting screwnails in it!

13 November 1992

Classic Sabbath frighteners

27 November 1992

All the unlucky days

11 December 1992

Fast-day, wash-day and no-work-day

25 December 1992

Whose week is it anyway?

8 January 1993

The three fast-days

22 January 1993

Watch out for fairies on Friday

5 February 1993

Journey to the land of no lungs

19 February 1993

Old Seanchan and all his shenanigans

5 March 1993

The Tribe of the Horse Goddess

19 March 1993

A treasure that will never waste

2 April 1993

The magnificent charm of the Màm

16 April 1993

Never use iron or count on Friday

30 April 1993

In search of May-Day wells

14 May 1993

From the cradle to the grave

28 May 1993

From amorous sports to playthings

11 June 1993

In search of the finding

25 June 1993

What were the signs?

9 July 1993

The blessed Sunday plant

23 July 1993

The hard way to heaven

6 August 1993

The harvest-god and his fair

20 August 1993

At the end of a month of autumn

3 September 1993

A Tuesday feast’s for reaping

17 September 1993

The trinity of Tuesdays

1 October 1993

King of the three Fridays

15 October 1993

Friday’s the night for the beauty contest

29 October 1993

‘What does your flock really believe?’

12 November 1993

Winter for basketwork

26 November 1993

God’s books or the Devil’s?

10 December 1993

Highland leather, Highland shoes

24 December 1993

Enter dark strangers, bearing gifts

7 January 1994

A Challainn, buail an craiceann!

21 January 1994

Let us in, let us in!

4 February 1994

Blackberries in wolftime

18 February 1994

The snow and the slipper

4 March 1994

The night when water turns to wine

18 March 1994

March winds and Spanish galleons

1 April 1994

Sating the river goddess

15 April 1994

The siege engines of Gloucester

29 April 1994

Fires of Beltane

13 May 1994

The Princess of Lismore

27 May 1994

The Thursday Fast Day

10 June 1994

The Thursday saint and John Smith

24 June 1994

The Carmina and the stars

8 July 1994

How the forests were burned

22 July 1994

The story of the three knots

5 August 1994

Aimsirean, singularities and Buchan’s Spells

19 August 1994

Images for making rain

2 September 1994

Marymas: markets, first fruits and a prophecy

16 September 1994

Spotted hankies and strong praying

30 September 1994

The Seeing Detective

14 October 1994

Listening in to the future

28 October 1994

The gift of prophecy: big toes and holy fools

11 November 1994

The patron saint of Western Europe

25 November 1994

We’ll a’ get up at the first toot

9 December 1994

Who was the son of the earl of the white banners?

23 December 1994

Under the sacred mistletoe

6 January 1995

In search of our oldest fairs

20 January 1995

The Celtic Olympics

3 February 1995

On quarterdays and communions

17 February 1995

Écu, almighty father of great markets

3 March 1995

The strange story of Sunday markets

17 March 1995

Wood-sense and raven-black

31 March 1995

Warband on point, dollars down . . .

14 April 1995

So the Gaelic for chess is . . .

28 April 1995

Bells, clogs and whistles

12 May 1995

Landlords who called themselves saints

26 May 1995

The fast food of the Gael of old

9 June 1995

Pigeon that pops in and out of church

23 June 1995

St John of the Sea

7 July 1995

Manannan, the god of Man

21 July 1995

The Bush of John the Baptist

4 August 1995

Samuel Johnson, LLD, ethnologist extraordinary

18 August 1995

Crying the Peace of the Fair

1 September 1995

Joining the dots: the kissing-game

15 September 1995

Like tulips planted in dung

29 September 1995

A dinner date at Castle Dounie

13 October 1995

Where the bridge leaps

27 October 1995

The loch that never freezes

10 November 1995

Unfinished underwater business

24 November 1995

The Féill Éiteachain at Ardgay

8 December 1995

The little Lourdes of the Islands

22 December 1995

A Gaelic carol analysed

5 January 1996

God of the Moon, God of the Sun

19 January 1996

Domhnall Ruadh’s year in verse

2 February 1996

A book about Brigid and bears

16 February 1996

Candle Day in February

1 March 1996

The eclectic tradition-bearer

15 March 1996

From seanchas to shoes

29 March 1996

Who are the MacLeans?

12 April 1996

All the way from baking to weaving

26 April 1996

Trees noble and servile

10 May 1996

Trees sacred and crossed

24 May 1996

Macpherson’s creative reconstructions

7 June 1996

The Chief Relic of the Western World

21 June 1996

The Highland welfare state

5 July 1996

The prophecies of Calum Cille

19 July 1996

Columba’s prophecies: a cynical view

2 August 1996

Power, faith and second sight

16 August 1996

The Law of Kilmachellaig (1)

30 August 1996

The Law of Kilmachellaig (2)

13 September 1996

Welcome, new moon of harvest

27 September 1996

From the harvest moon to the Milky Way

11 October 1996

The many names of October

25 October 1996

The earliest Highland inns

8 November 1996

The three King’s Houses

22 November 1996

Inns – the case for and against

6 December 1996

Innkeepers: the dog’s drooping snout?

20 December 1996

The spirit of carthannas

3 January 1997

The Dunkeld Bridge Toll Riots of 119868

17 January 1997

The eruption of Laki

31 January 1997

The causes of famine

14 February 1997

The fixed points of time

28 February 1997

The threshing, the storm and the standard

14 March 1997

When it was no sin to plunder

28 March 1997

Down to the Year of the Black Spring

11 April 1997

The Year of the White Peas

25 April 1997

Three decades of disaster

9 May 1997

The road to apocalypse

23 May 1997

The Bunbury Incident

6 June 1997

The coming of the tattie-root

20 June 1997

The Year of the Black Ugliness

4 July 1997

Friday the thirteenth

18 July 1997

Why don’t we walk under a ladder

1 August 1997

“Your brains the next time!”

15 August 1997

Why do we salute a person who sneezes?

29 August 1997

A sinister sort of stick

12 September 1997

The last of the named years

26 September 1997

The Uig Flood of 119877

10 October 1997

The Uig Flood as judgement?

24 October 1997

The Tara of Scotland

7 November 1997

The search for common ground

21 November 1997

The Black Knife with the Bent Handle (1)

5 December 1997

The Black Knife with the Bent Handle (2)

19 December 1997

The Rhymer Reconstructed

2 January 1998

The Rhymer’s Travels

16 January 1998

The messiah of the Gael

30 January 1998

How did Thomas become the messiah?

13 February 1998

A century of coded messages

27 February 1998

The search for the Sandy Ford

13 March 1998

What frightened the Port Glasgow women?

27 March 1998

Gladsmuir that glads us all

10 April 1998

Thomas’s prophecies (1)

24 April 1998

Thomas’s prophecies (2)

8 May 1998

Arthur, Merlin – and Thomas

22 May 1998

The Once and Future King Thomas?

5 June 1998

Back to the future: two views of 2000

19 June 1998

The sacred duty of the Gael

3 July 1998

The identity business is booming

17 July 1998

Fleeing the moss-troopers

31 July 1998

“See how they run, how long will they run?”

14 August 1998

Just as Peden prophesied

28 August 1998

The Fixer with Friends in High Places?

11 September 1998

“That woman with the pirnie plaid”

25 September 1998

The death and resurrection of Alexander Peden

9 October 1998

On the sneck of the door

23 October 1998

“Shame upon the mothers of Lochcarron”

6 November 1998

The song that killed a man

20 November 1998

To respond to all the thiggers

4 December 1998

Thigging and sorning

18 December 1998

The wool that I collected

1 January 1999

Cadging all the way there

15 January 1999

The daddy of all couch potatoes

29 January 1999

“Butcher-meat – or else”

12 February 1999

A double dose of blue moons

26 February 1999

Kisses and cuddles all round

12 March 1999

The biggest animal in the world?

26 March 1999

Nessie: water-horse, Cìrean Cròin and loch spirit

9 April 1999

In the name of the unholy spirit

23 April 1999

Otherworld messengers of death

7 May 1999

The Big Beast of Loch Awe

21 May 1999

Kelpie the Lowland water-horse

4 June 1999

What does a water-horse look like?

18 June 1999

The beast that changes shape

2 July 1999

Water-Horse and Children

16 July 1999

Water-Horse and Farmer

30 July 1999

The glittering bridle

13 August 1999

“I am cold, I am cold”

27 August 1999

The water-horse’s bridle

10 September 1999

Willox the Wizard

24 September 1999

“Bàrdachd nam Beann”

8 October 1999

How Donnie gave his heart to Mammon

22 October 1999

Sir Donald, Laird-of-the-Pinnacles

5 November 1999

The twentieth-century Tìr nan Òg

19 November 1999

MacCallum’s heart and Lamont’s conscience

3 December 1999

All my favourite Knock-and-bull stories

17 December 1999

Christmas shopping, old style

30 December 1999

What was life like in AD 1000?

14 January 2000

The beginnings of time

28 January 2000

“Gregorius Calendarifex”

11 February 2000

“The 3rd of September the 14th is nam’d”

25 February 2000

“Whose Calendar but the cursed Campbells’!”

10 March 2000

The day of the battle of the cocks

24 March 2000

The noblest day that’s coming or past by

7 April 2000

All the moveable feasts

21 April 2000

The Month of the Rising Sun

5 May 2000

Robin the Hood and his merry men

19 May 2000

The Lady of Lawers (1))

2 June 2000

The Lady of Lawers (2)

16 June 2000

The Lady of Lawers (3)

30 June 2000

July – and it’s time for Colin’s Fair

14 July 2000

Longfellow, Wordsworth and Dòmhnall Aonghais Bhàin

28 July 2000

“Bha, Tha agus Hallaig”

11 August 2000

Deer’s feet and ceilidh-houses

25 August 2000

There’s a new fad in MacLean lands

8 September 2000

Communion forever unbroken?

22 September 2000

‘Moladh Chabar Féidh’ (1)

6 October 2000

‘Moladh Chabar Féidh’ (2)

20 October 2000

‘Moladh Chabar Féidh’ (3)

3 November 2000

‘Moladh Chabar Féidh’ (4)

17 November 2000

‘Moladh Chabar Féidh’ (5)

1 December 2000

‘Moladh Chabar Féidh’ (6)

15 December 2000

Dressing up at Christmas

29 December 2000

The Twelve Days of Christmas

12 January 2001

The silent goddess Tà

26 January 2001

The minister who loved superstitions

9 February 2001

My little quern-dust Valentine

23 February 2001

Pity the Shrovetide cock

9 March 2001

When each waterfall is pregnant

23 March 2001

Mothers’ Day and cailleachs fried in butter

6 April 2001

The trees of Easter Week

20 April 2001

The flowers of death

4 May 2001

Breath, Bible, key, sieve and shears

18 May 2001

A month not to marry in?

1 June 2001

Whigs and tories

15 June 2001

Crossing the Barvas River

29 June 2001

Keep the cat turning!

13 July 2001

The summons by water

27 July 2001

The wrapping in the hide

10 August 2001

The Mull Men’s Ford revisited

24 August 2001

Make way for Seaforth’s rent!

7 September 2001

Fuddy Andy Duddy

21 September 2001

The cat in the Allt Grànd

5 October 2001

Making fun of Walter’s folk

19 October 2001

Murdoch Matheson, spin doctor

2 November 2001

The Robin Hood of the North

16 November 2001

The bin Laden of the Gael?

30 November 2001

Her Heart’s Youthful Prize

14 December 2001

The remarkable Father Rigg

28 December 2001

Where religion meets superstition

11 January 2002

Weather, weddings and social control

25 January 2002

As daft as old Sam Coleridge?

08 February 2002

The bubbling and steaming of a huge talent

22 February 2002

Talk of the devil

8 March 2002

What does the devil look like?

22 March 2002

The two Easter beetles

5 April 2002

Why the duck is blessed

19 April 2002

The little man of the Highlands

3 May 2002

The eagle of Loch Tréig

17 May 2002

Barebones and Smasher

31 May 2002

In search of a mythical owl

14 June 2002

A game of Chinese whispers

28 June 2002

Who is Queen Mab?

12 July 2002

The king of Connacht and his pillow-talk

26 July 2002

The women behind King Lear

9 August 2002

Housekeeping, childcare and murder

23 August 2002

Drink, dreams and gardyloo

6 September 2002

Codes for violent abuse?

20 September 2002

The woman who ran with the deer

4 October 2002

Victims of the powers of darkness

18 October 2002

How the fairies got into the Bible

1 November 2002

Changelings or child abuse?

15 November 2002

Kidnapping women (1)

29 November 2002

Kidnapping women (2)

13 December 2002

From Rory Mor’s cup to the fairy flag

27 December 2002

The reason of the cow’s hide

10 January 2003

Sniffing the sacred dewlap

24 January 2003

Bramble berries in the wolftime

7 February 2003

A smell of honied apples

21 February 2003

The Ghost of Coilig Ravine

7 March 2003

The underbelly of history

21 March 2003

Now you see him, now you don’t

4 April 2003

Robert Mac Iain Ghiorr from Mull

18 April 2003

The pursuit through the kyles

2 May 2003

Praise, dispraise and social control

16 May 2003

The Dean Swift of the Highlands?

30 May 2003

The hairs of your head are numbered

13 June 2003

The knotted black silk handkerchief

27 June 2003

Stick us a’ in Aberlady

11 July 2003

John Mackenzie and “the enterprise”

25 July 2003

Charlie’s Year (1)

8 August 2003

Charlie’s Year (2)

22 August 2003

Charlie’s Year (3)

5 September 2003

Charlie’s Year (4)

19 September 2003

Charlie’s Year (5)

3 October 2003

Charlie’s Year (6)

17 October 2003

Charlie’s Year (7)

31 October 2003

Charlie’s Year (8)

November 2003

Charlie’s Year (9)

28 November 2003

Charlie’s Year (10)

12 December 2003

Charlie’s Year (11)

26 December 2003

Charlie’s Year (12)

9 January 2004

Charlie’s Year (13): The Road to Derby

23 January 2004

Charlie’s Year (14): The Turning Point

6 February 2004

Charlie’s Year (15): What if . . . ?

20 February 2004

Charlie’s Year (16): The Long Road Home

5 March 2004

Charlie’s Year (17): The low road to Falkirk

19 March 2004

Charlie’s Year (18): The Battle of Falkirk

2 April 2004

Charlie’s Year (19): The Road to Culloden

16 April 2004

Charlie’s Year (20): his little kingdom

30 April 2004

Charlie’s Year (21): Hungry Culloden Moor

14 May 2004

Charlie’s Year (22): Mackenzie goes out of control

28 May 2004

Charlie’s Year (23): Strike not the weak

11 June 2004

Charlie’s Year (24): The Prince’s escape

25 June 2004

Charlie’s Year (25): Look around you

9 July 2004

Charlie’s Year (26): The Prince in Lewis

23 July 2004

Charlie’s Year (27): to Harris, Uist – and St Kilda?

6 August 2004

Charlie’s Year (28): Corodale

20 August 2004

Charlie’s Year (29): Enter Flora

3 September 2004

Charlie’s Year (30): Betty and Flora

17 September 2004

Charlie’s Year (31): Carmichael’s cloth

1 October 2004

Charlie’s Year (32): Doing the dishes

15 October 2004

Charlie’s Year (33): My friends are my enemies

29 October 2004

Charlie’s Year (34): Ring of fire

12 November 2004

Charlie’s Year (35): cruadal

26 November 2004

Charlie’s Year (36): The Seven Men of Glenmoriston

10 December 2004

Charlie’s Year (37): east into Badenoch

24 December 2004

Charlie’s Year (38): The Prince sails away

7 January 2005

The whistling trick

4 February 2005

The Italian Connection

18 February 2005

Captain Forrest and the witches

4 March 2005

The double stigma

18 March 2005

Talk of witches and revolution

1 April 2005

The dangers of being poor

15 April 2005

Nicneven: the witch at the crossroads

29 April 2005

The “finding” and Father Allan

13 May 2005

The signs and Father Allan

27 May 2005

Dream signs

10 June 2005

The unlikeable Irish statesman

24 June 2005

The nine kinds of love

8 July 2005

The seven wonders of Scotland

22 July 2005

The bells of Perth

5 August 2005

Seven years and a snooze

19 August 2005

The King of the Cats

2 September 2005

How the Mackintoshes got a roasting

16 September 2005

The cats of Skye

30 September 2005

The Gaelic Whittington (1)

14 October 2005

The Gaelic Whittington (2)

28 October 2005

The curse of Neist (1)

11 November 2005

The curse of Neist (2)

25 November 2005

When waulking is murdering

9 December 2005

Waulking-boards and broomsticks

23 December 2005

The two Captain Forresters

6 January 2006

When the animals speak

20 January 2006

The external soul

3 February 2006

Dargo the mighty

17 February 2006

The Battle of the Birds (1)

3 March 2006

The Battle of the Birds (2)

17 March 2006

Seeing through the cheese

31 March 2006

Minding your P’s and Q’s

14 April 2006

A new old custom: Sowans Friday

28 April 2006

The girl, the hoodie and the comb

12 May 2006

Mermaids, monsters – and little girls

26 May 2006

The brewery of eggshells

9 June 2006

Abandonment

23 June 2006

MacMhuirich and the beast

7 July 2006

Vowing on the swan

21 July 2006

The cave of gold

4 August 2006

Murchadh, Mionachag and the berries

18 August 2006

The Water of Life

1 September 2006

The Green Isle of the Great Deep

15 September 2006

Ròcabarraigh revisited

29 September 2006

The real Green Island

13 October 2006

The search for Brazil (1)

27 October 2006

The search for Brazil (2)

10 November 2006

The search for Brazil (3)

24 November 2006

Why are penguins so called? (1)

8 December 2006

Why are penguins so called? (2)

22 December 2006

Why are penguins so called? (3)

5 January 2007

The Three Soldiers

19 January 2007

The Cabbage Donkey

2 February 2007

The harpless harper

16th February 2007

The cow that ate the piper

2 March 2007

A pig’s dinner at Corry

15 March 2007

The House of the Steep Climb

29 March 2007

The Patagonian giants

13 April 2007

The chattering books of Raasay

26 April 2007

The treasure of Port Elizabeth

11 May 2007

A day to be avoided

25 May 2007

Clans, regiments and a force for good

8 June 2007

The religion of the yellow stick

22 June 2007

The Isle of Mist

6 July 2007

Casting the heart

July 2007

The clothing blessing

3 August 2007

Reading the road-signs

17 August 2007

Standing stones: tall tales?

31 August 2007

The last Norsemen in the Isles?

14 September 2007

Standing stones and Norsemen

28 September 2007

The MacAskills of Rubha an Dùnain

12 October 2007

The Dun Hill

26 October 2007

The MacLures of Skye

23 November 2007

The Tale of the White Pet

7 December 2007

The rich brother’s poor mother-in-law

21 December 2007

The Gaelic Christmas

4 January 2008

Happy New Year?

18 January 2008

More mother-in-law trouble

1 February 2007

The King who Wished to Marry his Daughter

15 February 2008

Naming and shaming

29 February 2008

The year of leaping

14 March 2008

All the colours of the rainbow

28 March 2008

What colour is the sea?

11 April 2008

The Bulls’ Stone

25 April 2008

The epitome of a colour

9 May 2008

The feminine principle