Posted: Wednesday, 04 January 2006
Without wishing to upset anyone - and I do find your accounts very interesting - the island looks very bleak and uninviting.I don't think I've seen a single tree on any of your photos! I'm sure the locals would be more welcoming than the scenery though!
Patricia from Cumbria
Patricia, there are actually trees in Lewis. It's a question of taste, I like the wild open spaces, which is why trees do not feature in my pics so far. But it's a valid point, and I'll devote a few lines to trees in the island.
Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway
Locals are very lovely Patricia. Back of Beyond's 'Photos at Last' blog has pictures of some quite sociable looking trees. (Hope this is in time to prevent a hoard of snapping bloggers causing chaos on the Laxdale Bypass as they rush to the Castle grounds with their digital cameras to find an appealing copse.)
Annie B from Lone Sheiling 17
Fank-goers travelling from Stornoway to South Dell will be able to view a winsome windbreak of evergreens to the left of the road by Agnes's bungalow in Galson.
Teresa Forhugging from Ballantrushal Arboretum
We lived for almost 20 years on the Isle of Lewis and the problem I found was not the island but the locals - The island is fantastic and we miss it very much however we never felt welcome. We tried our very best to get involved and the comments were either "you incomers always try and butt in to local issues" to "why dont you say your piece when it affects you" We felt we could never win. In another blog there is mention about the cost of products to the island - this was another problem we found buy local and get the 50% added, as incomers could afford it or buy off the internet and get told " you incomers dont support the local businesses" Since moving I have not heard the word incomer or stranger or felt unwelcome, the oposite is true. We are made to feel very welcome. No wonder people still leave the island. We would have been on Lewis for life if we had been made welcome. My comment is forget the trees, thats not the problem - support the people who want to live amongst you and perhaps dont push the bible quite so hard. Unless of course you just want the island to yourselves and the few trees.
arnold from lancashire
I dont want this to become a slagging match, but I was an incomer to Lewis over thirty years ago. I have never been made to feel the same way as Arnold - I have been welcomed and this is now my home - nowhere else is. It is not easy for everyone to adapt but it is certainly possible with the right minded approach. Nobody ever calls me an incomer or a stranger - and there are others like me in my own community who have also fully integrated - and they are all different. I for one cannot imagine myself anywhere else.
nonamegiven from Lewis