With an academic background in planning I had a brief Civil Service career as a social researcher in the Housing Development Directorate in London. Disenchanted we opted for the challenges of making a living in Wester Ross. We started a walking holiday business and then got a croft.The croft business included a self catering unit, planting trees, growing various crops on land, mussel rafts, Galloway cattle and selling beef. We set up a syndicate and bought 110ha of forest then set up a sawmill to generate local employment and make use of local resources. Sadly after twenty years of cutting wood Dundonnell Timber had to close. We now have less forest but generate electricity from a small (47kW) hydro scheme. Happy to live in Dundonnell and be part of the wider Ullapool Community. I have been involved in Lochbroom Woodfuels, Dundonnell Area Community Events ( DACE), Badluarach and Durnamuck Community Woodland and the Gairloch Writers group. My enthusiasm for wool and crottle led to membership of the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Currently I am breeding sheep with fancy fleeces and spinning colourful dyed fibre on both an Alan Bush bicycle wheel and a tiny purple plastic Electric Eel wheel.