On the Road – Barra

I’ve been gadding about all over the place this last wee while, whilst also trying to edit and record podcasts when I can.

I edited the majority of podcast 2 whilst stuck in the middle of a long traffic queue at Loch Awe last week, following a road closure while an accident was investigated.  Thankfully the injured party survived and after 3 1/2 hours the road reopened.

This week’s podcast has mostly been worked on whilst I’ve been on the way to Barra.

It’s been a stinky day today, some of the boats have been off, and I had to chance getting through a flood at the mouth of the Bellart.  I managed to catch the 11 to Oban, to make the afternoon ferry to Barra.

I’m still refining my editing process.  Each space seems to require different treatment in the edit, which takes a while.
Anyway, after 2 1/2 hours of work on the podcast I had to close my eyes as the boat was going through some really choppy seas.
Needless to say I ended up with quite a degree of sea sickness.
This was fine though, as the pod of dolphins that accompanied us for part of the journey made up for it.

I’m hoping to spend the return journey to Oban editing the rest of the episode, but I’m going to have to see how I feel if the boat starts to roll like it did on the way here.

I’m here in Barra to work with the school and community on the Made By The Sea project, originally created by Shona Thomson.  We’re looking at archive film from here, and finding ways to observe the world to make an archive of today for the years to come.  The final films from the projects will be shown in the Screen Machine later in the year.  It’s a great project, and I’m delighted to be involved with it here on Barra, at home in Mull and in one of my favourite places, Ullapool.

And so to bed.

Even though the room’s swaying, just like the boat.




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