Wednesday, May 11, 2005


I spent a couple of days in Harris. It's a squitty little island with bad roads and impoverished crofting townships. At least, the east side is. The west side is something of an improvement, as this photo shows. In fact it's more than an improvement - it's absurdly beautiful - creamy pink beaches, noble mountains, formidable views, sweet-flowered machair grass, even the sheep are cool and relaxed. So: why are the people on the shite side of the island? They were kicked off the west coast in the 19th century, to make way for the sheep. And that's why the sheep look so happy. Posted by Hello

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