Ceud Mìle Fàilte

Photography Nature Technology Food
Movies Music Politics

and life in the Highlands.


Thank you for dropping-by, I hope you enjoy your visit. The main content is to be found in the blog where I discuss everything and anything but topics including photography, nature, technology, food, movies, music and politics make regular appearances.

I commonly write reviews of movies (or films, if you prefer). Some movie reviews are short, others will be discussed in more detail. The scope covered will be mainly mainstream English language movies from the 1930s until the present day.

About me

My name is Iain MacDonald and I live in the Highlands of Scotland (although I have lived elsewhere in the past). I am a big fan of Free & Open Source Software which I use both professionally and at home.

Computing and technology tend to infuse themselves into my other interests, as once you learn some skills in one area it is convenient to use them to solve problems in other spheres.

When not tinkering with computers, I am likely to be found repairing things because living in the countryside you learn to be resourceful.

Of course, man doesn't live by SSH tunnels and kerosene vapour burners alone so food, as a subject, makes regular appearances too. Did I mention I used to work in hospitality?

Latest Life articles

My most recent ramblings.

  • Feeling sheepish

    I went for a walk along a forestry style track, yesterday. Ahead of me was a ewe, with two lambs. The ewe felt nervous about my approach, and started to trot away from me. The lambs were, of course, following her closely. However, the sheep didn't trot away uphill or ... [Read more...]

  • Regatta Hydrafort Matt Jacket

    I needed to buy a waterproof jacket for use when working. I also have a Gore-Tex jacket from Craghoppers, which is excellent, but I didn't want to ruin that jacket by using it for working every day. I have a few other Regatta products which are well made, so, for ... [Read more...]

  • Highland Life and the Coronavirus

    It is quite extraordinary, I've never experienced anything like it. We are now a couple of weeks away from Easter, which is normally the time when the summer tourist season starts. The roads would see increased traffic, and the tourist hotspots would start to be busy. Not this year. [Read more...]

  • New Manual Coffee Grinder

    I was without my vintage wooden Zassenhaus, so I rushed out and bought a new manual coffee grinder. The one I got is from Maison & White, and it is amazingly good. It is adjustable from very fine to coarse. Grinding is done with ceramic burrs, and the rest of ... [Read more...]

  • Push or Pull?

    A couple of days ago I saw these two boats coming up the canal towards us, as we were doing the daily dog walk. It was clear from a distance that the two boats were very close together, and I assumed the first boat was towing the second. [Read more...]

Click here to view the whole Life section.

My latest Mastodon posts

Mastodon is a microblogging app that is part of the decentralised web known as The Fediverse. See this article for more details.

Fitheach (@fitheach@mstdn.io)

Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:50:29 +0000

Things are changing fast. I had to sit at a junction for 2 minutes waiting for traffic to pass, before I could join the main road. That hasn't happened for months.

Many shops are opening on Friday, but there is a mandatory requirement to wear a facemask before you enter.

2020 is unlike any year I've ever experienced.

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 19:39:28 +0000

"The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
The Charlie Daniels' Band


Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:41:41 +0000

I'm selling myself short. I also:

* roasted
* made a two week supply of
* made Sunday lunch
* cleaned the bathroom
* put three loads in the washing machine

Now, where's that dram?

Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:08:54 +0000

No apologies for another Julie Fowlis track, particularly as this is one of my favourites. As a bonus, she is singing the praises (sic) of Clan Donald (Chlann Dòmhnaill). So, what is not to like? 😃

Special request by @mpjgregoire@mastodon.club for more Gaelic music.

Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:01:40 +0000

"Smeòrach Chlann Dòmhnaill"
Julie Fowlis


Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:52:54 +0000

It has been mostly dreich again, with torrential rain just when I don't expect it. Consequently, I've been catching up with some wee projects inside, while listening to lots of music. I have also been entertained by baby Great Tits, baby Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and Red Squirrels, on the peanut feeder. Lots of coffee (maybe too much) has been consumed. Currently considering a Caol Ila.

The day could have been worse.