New Directions – 29

Sassenach visit August 20136

Arran – The Sleeping Warrior


The past two weeks have had their own momentum and it feels good to be settled again after the upheaval. I was in hospital for five days for routine treatments and have taken the last few days to recuperate and find my centre again.

Meanwhile my family turned gender issues on their head as my sister who is a minister married my brother and his partner Paul in Seattle where gay marriage is now legal. They have been together for 29 years, longer than any of the rest of us were married.

The younger generation was represented by my son Chris and Louisa, my younger son Simon and my niece Caitlin and the resident Schnauzers, B.J. and Casper.  The rest of us were there in spirit and could view the ceremony on YouTube, dog barks and all.

I’m so proud to belong to such a family where despite all the ups and downs things can be spoken about openly and geographical distance is no barrier, though I do so wish I could have been there in person.

At the end of the day love and human ties are the most important. Our local minister Angus quoted Desmond Tutu in the church magazine with regards to the rows that are going on in the church in Scotland at the moment. He said “There are much more important problems in the world to address than who is sleeping with who.”

It was great getting out and about this past weekend thanks to my friend Jeff from Leeds who came for a visit with his pal Brian and brought the car over on the ferry. They had never been to a Highland Games before – so we can excuse them for not having a go at tossing the caber and throwing the hammer. The atmosphere was Arran at its best with pipe bands from off the island joining our local crew to provide the background music.

We drove round most of the island, sampled local food including venison and Arran Ice Cream and had the best ever fish and chips at the Douglas Hotel. There were some funny moments of miscommunication, for example when the waiter explained that the fish was pollock. It sounded to the English ear as though it had a “b” at the beginning. Luckily I could do a quick translation!!

I’m just about to start the third month of my friend’s course Meditation through Writing, thoroughly enjoying the Illustrated Journal that is coming together as I work through the material. I’m also working with Headspace which I think is well worth a look. They offer TAKE TEN – ten minutes daily of guided meditation free to introduce the concept. I’m carrying on with the programme  and working with TAKE FIFTEEN. With all that’s going on around, it’s  a great experience to just let things go for 15 minutes a day and simply breathe.

And finally, I heard from Bloomsbury Publishers today that the first draft of my book PRACTICAL WEAVING looks great. I’m like a kid with Christmas presents labelled “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 25TH”, I just can’t WAIT to see it!


To read about my textile and artistic work see:

The Arran Knitting Company

Rainbow Textiles

Blogs I love:

Scottish Island Mum

(Details on Scottish Island Mum website about Meditation through Writing)

Miracle Design

Angela Elliott-Walker

Nordic House

Simple Abundance

Illustrated Journaling

Useful Website:



About lynngrayross

A mother and grandmother with over 40 years of experience in textile arts. Author of "Handweaving: the Basics" published by Bloomsbury UK. Available to purchase from

One response to “New Directions – 29

  1. Lovely to have so many positive things happening and looking forward to!

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