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Hello and welcome to What We Do In The Winter. WWDitW is a podcast series about the lives of the people of Mull, Iona, Ulva and Gometra. The aim of the project is to locate the people of our communities in a global context and to share tales of the islands in the past.  Each... Continue Reading →

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25 – Hugh MacPhail

In this episode I talk with Hugh MacPhail. Hugh talks about his life on the island of Ulva, the construction of the big house, farming, fishing, other people who lived on the island at the time. At one point he has a fantastic series of reminiscences about the puffers, the small coastal ships that brought... Continue Reading →

24 – Neil Munro

In this episode I talk with Neil Munro. Neil is our first participant to hail from Ulva. We recorded this episode in the study of Ulva house. Ulva, which is now, I’m delighted to say, a community owned island. The ground floor of Ulva house has a beautiful wooden floor, which you’ll hear throughout the... Continue Reading →

23 – Andrena Duffin

In this episode I talk with Andrena Duffin. Andrena has lived all over the world, but has never been more than 6 months without being back on Mull. 
When she was younger her family owned Erray farm, outside of Tobermory, which she talks about around 15 minutes into our chat. 
Her parents then moved over... Continue Reading →

22 – Gordon Buchanan

In this episode I talk with Gordon Buchanan of Tobermory. Born in Alexandria outside of Dumbarton, Gordon moved to Mull with his Mum, brothers and sister in the late 70’s. In our conversation we cover lots of anecdotes about growing up in Tob, building dens, raiding gardens for fruit, local characters of his youth, the... Continue Reading →

21 – James Westland

In this episode I talk with James Westland of Tobermory. 

Born in a castle near Stirling, James, or Seamus as we know him, grew up around Alloa before going to Uni in St Andrews and then headed off shore and came back to land where he studied Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in Skye. It... Continue Reading →

20 – Bill O’Neill

In this episode I talk with Bill O’Neill of Ceann Cuin, near Penmore outside of Dervaig.

 Born in Stirling within spitting distance of the castle, Bill grew up in the Raploch. He was a soldier in Cypress and Libya, and on returning to the UK lived and worked in Sheffield, Stirling and then Sheffield again,... Continue Reading →

19 – John MacDonald

In this episode I talk with John MacDonald. John grew up in Tobermory at Springbank. A haulier for the last 40 years and more, as you’ll hear John has a passion for the West Coast of Scotland, and Mull in particular. His interests stretch far and wide, and he knows so much about the people... Continue Reading →

18 – Catriona MacLeod

In this episode I talk with Catriona MacLeod
. Catriona, is a singer and cabaret artist who goes by the name of Cat Loud when on stage. Catriona is part of the famous MacLeod family in Tobermory. We talk a lot about growing up as part of a well known family, and her childhood in Tobermory.... Continue Reading →

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