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    5 September

    4.30
    1.75 map
    33p lunch
    34p tea
    2.30
    Caught ride (South Dell) w/ Newspaper delivery man from Swainbost to roundabout Stornoway. Then a Lochs man driving to Cameron Terrace, Leurbost. Then Contractor doing road work, from Stornoway. Then a White and MacKay Scotch sales rep to Outer Islands. He speaks a little Gaelic, from Glen Shiel originally. Gave me a key chain and a little Scotch bottle sample. He said Rodel Hotel kicks everyone out at 10:00, open for locals from 10:40. Left me at Leverburgh, no luck, picked me up again and brought me back to Tarbert for ferry. Gales blowing yesterday, last night and today. Heavy rain last night, intermittent showers, some heavy today. Got soaked in Leverburgh, then sun came out and wind dried mostly before I left. Cast off Tarbert 6:17. [I have a note about a picture of the last bit of spindrift off the bow of the "Hebrides" with Skye in the background (Vaternish) and Gale winds, but the camera had failed.] Uig very nice. Twilight 9:00. Raining, not yet pulled out. Only Gaelic on board. 2 girls from Benbecula and old couple that just sat down next to me. Got to Lochmaddy after 11:00. Other Gaelic speakers my own age on board.

    [I remember those crossings. The first was fine. The second was rough and in the dark, and I have to say I wasn't comfortable. It wasn't seasickness, I had just never been bounced around in the dark like that before. I really did enjoy being underway. Well except that one time. The hostel must have stayed open late due to the ferry arrival because I have the charge written down. Usually they closed before then.]
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    6 September

    2.30 hostel

    https://postimg.cc/vDL4GfMT
    North Uist, Harris background (morning)

    Benbecula Sept 12 Monday Irish/Scotish Evening 1.25 (Mairi Ni'Ghrada) [this was from a poster advertising an evening of music. I recognized Mairi Ni'Ghrada's name as I had a recording of her playing uillean pipes]

    https://postimg.cc/mzBmJ7BM
    2 Taigh Geal near Sollas, N. Uist (Malaclete, Ceann a'Bhaigh)

    Stone house rounded corners, fences large stones filled with smaller [stones in between] https://postimg.cc/mtjB5S43 [my rough drawing of very large stones with smaller ones filling in between as how they made their fences]

    Loch Maddy (ferry nearby? right)
    Very windy. Walked to Ceann a'Bhaigh, heavy shower, caught a rise back to Loch Nam Madadh with psycho doctor ----- Maclean. Told me a great deal. He was from N. Uist. Wife is a relation of Dido in Ness [I had heard of Dido when I was in Ness]. Puttered around afternoon. Evening just beautiful, very windy. Read 2 books. Hostel very nice. Warden N. Uist native.

    [In spite of the notes I made I don't remember much of Loch Maddy. I do remember going into a shop to buy food. The produce (apples come to mind) was not all that great, which I completely understood due to how difficult is was to get out there.]
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    Random Memories 1

    Anna once told me that Gaelic speakers from other places made fun of Leodhasachs because they..have..to stop..and..take.a..breath.. between.. every..word. (And if you read that with just the slightest Scandinavian accent you will get a pretty good sense of what she sounded like.)

    Not first time in boat - Murchadh in Croir had a house by East Loch Roag. He had a small rubber row boat. Once A was over working off a rock. I was in the boat with a board or something. One end was on shore with A, while the other was on the boat with me. I was rowing to keep station in the low chop so the the end A was working would stay in place. I must have done pretty well, because An told me later the Murdo said to him "That's not the first time he was in a boat."

    Little Bernera - Rowing Murchadh's boat over to Little Bernera. It was a gorgeous late afternoon, with sun and blue sky. There was a small cemetery there, and the walls of an old chapel. The ground was mostly sand. So very quiet except for the breeze.
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    Gaelic phone book of Lewis

    Some of you may have heard of the Lewis phone book put together by the people there. It is (or was) divided up into towns. It covered from Ness to Shader. It had the phone number and address then the English name of the person and their Gaelic nickname. Here are the cover and a couple pages from the one they were using when I was there. (I suspect most of these people are long passed away. I also suspect the phone numbers are all different and maybe only cell numbers now. If anyone thinks differently I will remove the pages.)

    Cover of the Lewis phone book
    https://postimg.cc/NyVY5Rby

    Page of numbers from Eoropie
    https://postimg.cc/nXht23Pj

    Page of numbers from North Dell
    https://postimg.cc/gLWCZsh0
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