Sweet mince pies

December 2023 In a previous Christmas post, we shared the recipe we use to bake our German Stollen at this time of year. In this post, we’d like to share our recipe for delicious sweet mince pies. INGREDIENTS & METHOD Mincemeat (1kg = 36

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Connecting

November 2023 We’d like to introduce a very special girl who is one of our neighbours on the island of Great Bernera. Her name is Arwen, she’s 11 years old and earlier this year she wrote a beautiful song called Connecting. This summer, while

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From Lederhosen to kilt

October 2023 Earlier this month, a German TV team came out to Great Bernera to film our life on the island. They were curious to find out why we chose to move from a large town in Bavaria to a small island in the

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The Great Bernera Walk

One of the most beautiful walks on Great Bernera (and featured on the Visit Outer Hebrides website) is a circular route around the northern part of the island. As the map below shows, the walk starts in Breaclete (the ‘hub’ of the island community,

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Helen’s book tour

August 2023 This month, I went ‘on tour’ in the Scottish Highlands to promote my recently-published book, AudaciousNess. The photo above was taken at The Highland Weigh, an eco-friendly shop and café in the seaside town of Nairn on the Moray Firth. I also

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Clisham

The highest peak in the Outer Hebrides, at a height of 799m, is Clisham (Gaelic: An Cliseam), a cone-shaped outcrop of ancient Lewisian gneiss. [As a comparison, the highest mountain in the British Isles is Ben Nevis at 1344m.] It takes around 2–2½ hours

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