This gentle narrative exists in another time, another place, another world. To most readers it may as well be another planet. Few of us can imagine living without a lavatory, without a secure roof over our heads, without vehicular access to our home indeed most people would now think such privation to be incompatible with civilization. Far less can we imagine raising a young family in such conditions while somehow managing to scrape a living from the sea and a desolate landscape. Yet this is what Eric and Ruth MacLeod chose to do in 1976; to abandon their comfortable home and jobs for Eric s remote grandparental croft on the wild seaboard of the North West Highlands. There was no clear plan, no exit strategy, no safety net of any kind, just a ruined cottage and the irresistible draw of wildness and solitude gift-wrapped in the almost palpable sense of belonging crofting folk possess for their ancestral land. And there was adventure aplenty. In clear, uncluttered writing this is a tale of honest, back-breaking toil in one of the most challenging mountain seascapes of the Highlands; of naivety and disappointment, of storm, disaster and of triumph, yet throughout all of this shines an uplifting and vividly refreshing portrait of personal resourcefulness, unfailing optimism and generosity of spirit. --John Lister-Kaye, author of Song of the Rolling Earth
About the Author
Eric MacLeod was born in Dingwall in the Highlands. His early post graduate career was in Accountancy in London, but he made a life change at the age of thirty to become a crofter and self-employed in a variety of ways. Since leaving the croft he has worked as a Business Adviser across the Highlands. He has returned to the area of his birth with his wife Ruth of 37 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren.