As a follow up to my post ‘Spanish Festival on Canna’ I thought you’d like to see what the children were playing with today. Lego. Fergus named the wee Lego man ‘General Franco’: that’s him there with the black hat on and the evil looking tank thing in Ferg’s hand. The Lego girlie with no hair has been named Persephone by Savourna. Don’t ask me why - slightly worrying! I’m just glad that they’re both now safe in their plastic box (the Lego people, not the children)!
This unprompted conversation in our house the other day made us laugh at first, and then stop and think about the effect that our abridged life
on Canna had on Savourna although only wee at the time.
S: Why is there a Spanish festival in Limoux since it’s in France, not Spain?
Us: It’s because there are many many Spanish families living in the area.
S: Why are there so many Spanish people living here?
Us: Because of General Franco and the Spanish Civil War [there followed a lengthy but simplified explanation of the Spanish Civil War, dates, those involved, outcomes, description of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, the oppression and other reasons why many Spanish had to leave Spain between the 1930s and the 1970s and ultimately settled in this corner of France to escape the dictatorship].
S: Oh, so it was a bit like Canna then?
We were quite often harangued about the preservation of the moth habitat on Canna. I was reminded of this tonight as I spent an hour repairing the many holes in one of our hand-made wool blankets tonight…..holes made by the clothes moths in our first house on Canna: Caslum. As far as I know the clothes moth population in Caslum is happy and thriving. No idea about the rest of the Canna moths!
SCOTLAND’S leading conservation charity is reviewing its role as a major landowner and has already been told to give more control to local communities.
Hello again if anyone’s still reading this! I haven’t posted for ages…it’s been our busy season and I’ve had nothing much interesting to say about Canna or the aftermath. But today there is this article in the Herald which is interesting. Do read it. The NTS were dreadful landlords to us, dreadful. I’ve also had another NTS tenant contact me (not from Canna but from another NTS property far from Canna) having read my blog and all about our problems with the NTS, their staff and management, and their attitudes to tenants and to tell me that they’d been having horrendous problems with the management too. The problem with the NTS is that it moves at the pace of a glacier before global warming. There are some very entrenched people and ideas there and the snazzy shiny new board doesn’t seem to be able to make one jot of a difference, or doesn’t want to.
Where else but in France would you get a note home from school reminding parents to bring their own corkscrews to the end-of-term concert?
it’s going to be a good night!
There. Six weeks on the anti-fungal diet and it looks like it’s worked…just have to let the toe-nails grow out now and I should have nice healthy ones again, which I haven’t had for a very long time. Needless to say I’m back on the wine, chocolate, bread, fruit, etc already. One good side-effect of the anti-fungal diet….have lost 3kg!
Canna has a new family of residents and Duncan and I would like to wish them all the best. I hope it works for them as I wish it had for us. We would love to be there still living the life that we had planned, had successfully applied for and had begun. I hope that all the new residents (the café couple and the family with kids) manage to avoid the problems we had. Good luck.
And when is MacIssac’s going to be inhabited again? At the moment it’s a £250,000 white elephant and that’s not including the compensation the NTS probably had to make because they accidentally built it on someone else’s croft land!!
Bullies shouldn’t be punished. I don’t think it helps because usually the cause deep down, dates from childhood, is psychological, and the bully is unaware that (s)he is doing unacceptable things. Bullying is a psychological problem usually. I really don’t think this ‘punishment’ is going to help. Bullies should have treatment not punishment. They should be made aware of the harm they’re causing but in an employment situation it should be the employer who takes the responsibility for their actions.
What do you think?