No where, but here. 1997.

Chipping off the old block
Tick tock, what rot,
Laid to rest, now he’s gone.
Gone to stray away.
Stay away.
Flip out again. Go crazy. Stuck on flowers
Reflect the glare.
Gasp for air.

A butterfly existence.
A fragile broken hair hits the breeze.
Teetering on the edge of time.
No where, but here.
I miss the running, but feel
like I’ve finished the race.
Arrived at a place.
Elastic emotions twang and snap
Every moment comes back to
Individuality is unfathomable.
We are all alone.


‘IMPOSSIBLE MISSIONARIES’ The band that almost was…..notes. 3 Luibs Cottages, Kilmartin, Scotland. 1997.

All original tracks, invented in our living room. Keyboards, bass and flute. Lots of ‘button pushing’ and bored bass and flute player ‘cushion butting’! Pages of ‘notes’?!? I can now think of easier ways!

JAH FISH (Amoeba reggae styleee!) 32 beat sections

B flat minor – C sharp, F sharp. sliding semi-tones key changes.

Everything in….fade into it.
Flute solo/freeform stuff.
Sustained section. Guitar chord + legato flute
‘Peer Gynt’ section
Legato solo – wandering.
Twinki bits.
Key Change E flat minor.
Key change back doen. WAH solo.
Musical Preist! into
Key Change

JAMES BROWNIZE. (sychro-riff stylee)

A B flat D-B / E F sharp G A /D B A G-E

twang – beginning.
synchro-riff ….. faster and faster.

B flat > E


B C sharp D E flat E      (Bass: E E flat D C sharp D E flat E)


D G B flat C  (x8) // D G B flat C // (last time) C sharp D C sharp C (x4)
D-F-G ‘ A G F G ‘ F D C D // G B flat G E flat C D E flat E ‘ F A F D B flat C C sharp D E flat G E flat C ‘  A C  F  E flat D // B falt G D ‘ B flat  G C sharp ‘ B flat G C // G B flat G ‘ G B flat F sharp ‘ G B flat F

JAG (Flamenco/Morrocan!)

B minor : B-B b-b B-B b-b B-B b-b C // B-B b-b B-B b-b B-B b-b A
change  G B ‘  G  B flat A   D.C ://


A-A ‘ B-B ‘ A-A ‘ A ‘ E-F into  B etc. E-F

LITTLE CASCADE (Eas a Chaibeal )

F minor


Notes from ‘Wild Food’ by Roger Phillips. 1997.



To collect:
Bore into the tree approx. 18″ from the ground. (March sap rising) Insert plastic tubing running down to collecting bottle (sterilised) through tissuepaper bung. Cork up tree after with a good fitting wooden plug.

To make the wine:

4 1/2 litres (8pts) sap
200g (1/2lb) chopped raisins
1kg (21/4lb) white suger
Juice of 2 lemons
general purpose yeast

Boil sap soon after collection. Add sugar. Simmer 10 mins. Place raisins in a plastic bucket. Pour on liquid and add lemon. Start yeast in glass. When mixture reaches blood temperature, add yeast.
Leave for 3 days.
Strain into 1 gallon (4.5lt) jar and air-lock.
Leave in a warm room until fermentation ceases.
Filter to remove sediment.
Bottle and cork. (if, at bottling, wine is dry, add sugar syrup)
Lasts 6 months and longer!

Morels grow in sandy soil, over lying chalk. March-May.


100 nettle stalks. (young nettles)
12 lts (2.5 gallons) water
1.5kg (3lbs) sugar
50g/2oz cream of tartar
15g (0.5oz) yeast

Boil nettles in water for 15 mins. Strain. Add sugar and cream of tartar. Heat and disslove. Cool until tepid. Add yeast. Cover with muslin. Leave for 24 hours. Remove scum and decant, leaving sediment undisturbed. Bottle, cork and tie down.
Don’t forget WILD GARLIC leaves in salads.

PRIMROSES – (never heard this before!) can be painted with beaten egg white + little rose water….while growing!! Sprinkle with castor sugar and, 3hrs later, cut. Dry by fire for 3 days. Will last approx. 6- weeks. Blame, Borage and Sage are also good alternatives.


2 lts (3.5 pts) gorse flowers
1kg (2.2lbs) sugar
2 lemons
2 oranges
4.5 lt (1 gallon) water
general purpose yeast

Fresh, full flowers (gardening gloves!)
Start yeast. Put flowers, sugar and some water in a pot. Simmer flowers for 15 mins. Disslove sugar. Pour into bucket, add juice of lemon and orange + thinly peeled rind. Allow to cool to blood temperature. Add yeast. Cover with muslin.
After 3 days strain into a fermentation jar and airlock. Rack off into a clean jar and make it up with cold, boiled water.
Leave until clear. Bottle.


1 handful bog myrtle leaves
4.5 lts (1 gallon) water
450g (1lb) honey
1 lemon
general purpose yeast

Boil bog myrtle leaves for 15-20 mins in water. Add honey, juice of lemon. Disslove.
Activate yeast. Cool to blood temperature. Add yeast.
Leave, uncovered, for 4-5 days.
Strain and bottle in screw top bottles.
Drink within 1 week.
Check they do not get too fizzy. If no fizz add 1 tsp of sugar to each bottle. leave a further week.”

(2017 – I have another recipe now for Bog Myrtle Beer. We make it every year, sometimes twice! It lasts forever and only gets stronger, becoming almost like a wine. Visiting friends call it the ‘truth serum’! Keeps the midges off you too in summer when you sweat it!)



Relevant bits from ‘Earth Medicine’ by Kenneth Meadows. 1997.

Copied out into diary from ‘Earth Medicine’ by Kenneth Meadows.


Birthdates: 23 November- 21 December

Earth Influence: Long Nights Time

Wind: West wind

Totem: Grizzly bear

Direction: North West

Elements: Fire with Earth

Elemental clan: Hawk Fire Clan

Function: changing things

Birth animal and totem: Owl

Plant totem: Mistletoe

Mineral totem: Obsidian

Polarity totem: Deer

Affinity colour: Gold

Musical vibration: C sharp

Personality: warm hearted, adventurous, independant

Feelings: warm

Intention: objectivity

Nature: sincere

Positive traits: versatile, adaptable,scrupulous

Negative traits: restless, tactless, boisterous

Sex drive: adventurous

Compatabilities: Falcons and Salmon

Conscious aim: understanding

Sub conscious desire: dertermination

Life Path: Elevation

I ching trigram: Ken. The still mountain. Need for singleness of purpose.

Must cultivate: concentration,optimism, enthusiasm.

Must avoid: over indulgence,exaggeration,greed

Spritual alchemy: when Yin and Yang in balance


Long Nights Time – thoughtful people, capable of seeking things out from the minds of     others. Questioning ‘direction’ – getting a clear sighting of goals.
West Wind – able to cope with change and renewal.
North West – KARMArepeated lessons until they are learnt. Imparting knowledge. Need for firm friendships and close relationships.
OWL – totem of mind, wisdom, sacred science, proud, observant. Drawn to esoteric subjects, ‘secrets’ with caution. Practical reality. Need to vanish if things become too involved (in these times in danger of being misunderstood, hurting themselves.)
OWL EXPRESSION – warm-hearted, jovial, fun-loving, independant outlook, adventurous temprement. Love of the great outdoors. Freedom from confinment and limitation. Freedom of mind and expression, freedom to go where they please, think what they like, say what they feel. Alert minds mean they develop more interests than they can cope with, becoming master of none. Enjoy lengthy conversations and arguments. Enjoy talking about things that interest them, less enthusiastic about other peoples’ interests. Explosive expressions if touched on a raw spot. Boldness and frankness – sometimes seen as insensivity/rudeness. Bitterly sarcastic when hurt. Run away from responsibility. Often this rebounds on them. Corageous. Pioneers/Explorers/Visionaries.
OWL HEALTH – danger spots are waistline, liver, hips and thighs. Excess weight and nervous exhaustion.

MISTLETOE. – medicine for cholera, convulsions, hysteria. Fertility/conception. Magical air. Clinging tendencies. Renewal.

OBSIDIAN – power to sharpen outer and inner vision. Foresight. ‘Apache tears’ – protection from grave sorrow. Balance emotions. Protection from emotional trauma. Powerful meditation tool.

GOLD – higher octave of orange. Love, compassion, realisation. Inspiring and comforting.


BEST MONTHS – 21st March – 19th April/ 22nd July – 21st August/23rd November-21st December.

Deer people make good friends, mentors. (21st – 20th June). Most compatible with Falcon (21st March – 19th April) and Salmon (22nd July – 21st August)

Projects to be getting along with. 3 Luibs Cottages, Kilmartin, Scotland. 1997.

Bender poles: for bender in the garden. (tarpaulin, burner, palettes)

Palettes: ring friend and make a time to use the van. How many palettes? Cottage and   Dunans.
Floor and ladder to the loft: look in Harcross for suitable flooring?? Rope ladder? Old  slim wooden ladder? Second hand shop in Ardrishaig.

Futon: from Braevallich.

Garden: digging veg. patch over. cut out dead seed heads etc.

Music: with S. and D. practise flute riffs.

Work: look for the necessary part-time employment.

L.E.T.S. scheme. cafe project?

Craft ideas: think practical. printing? leather? knitting? wood/bone?, find ways to use all the gathered stuff!!!). finish patchwork fleece.