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20th Century Archeology


I never tire of exploring the remains of the WWII radar station at Rodel – partly owing to my Grandfather’s recollections of his time stationed on the radar on the Great Orme in North Wales. There’s some great images on including this one of the interior of one of the air-raid shelters. It would be great to take some more of my own photos. Thanks to the recent inclement weather, the interior is currently under about 18 inches of water – so maybe next summer!

Tweed Weaving at Port Eisgein

We have always read Peter Kerr’s local social history blog with interest (“Wandering and Wondering” in English).

One of the most fascinating posts concerns the place of residence of Marion and Christine MacLeod – credited with being the first to market the cloth now known as Harris Tweed on the mainland. The plaque commemorating the sisters is along the road near Carminish. Making reference to an entry in the 1851 census, Peter highlights that the sisters were recorded as living in “Port Eisgein, Farm of Strond” – perhaps suggesting a location closer to Borrisdale. It’s very tempting to speculate that the commercial origins of Tweed in the islands lies close to our house – perhaps a good omen for the establishment of our weaving business!