Today the website update provided a link to the up coming Artefacts Online Collection preview page.
The area, still a work in progress, will provide an online resource for anyone wanting to look at the objects in the collection and find out more details of the history of the item.
The gift page has now been updated to SHOP and includes links to the Red Bubble site where you can buy the latest lighthouse items, cushions, bedding, clothes and cards and many more items.
These are all unique items, each image captured by me while travelling around the lighthouses or designed and drawn by me.
I hope you enjoy the latest updates.
Keep Following The Lights
A little update to the shop front on the website today.
Did you know that there are Red Bubble Discounts available for gifts? The new Shop page has a preview of some of the items available through the RED BUBBLE page, or click the direct link below to browse the items.
Delighted with my new experimental cupcakes ready for future exhibitions. You will have to take my word for it at the moment, they are delicious! Who would have thought a lighthouse could taste so good!
I am delighted to be able to share with you the images of NLV Pole Star at Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd while under construction and before launch in 1999/2000.
At the time the vessel was known as Yard Number 709. It was completed on 15 September 2000.
Recently the Captain Eric Smith retired from the Northern Lighthouse Board service and I was delighted to meet with him on several visits to the vessel while at the base in Oban. I would like to thank Eric for his friendship and for sharing his knowledge and his service experiences with me during the visits.
Thank you to Stuart Cameron who has kindly granted use of these images for the Following The Lights website.
Visit the NLV Tender Vessel Pole Star page to see the images.
Oban Times retirement of Captain Eric Smith March 2021 click the link below.
It is nice during the pandemic to look back at my visits to Fingal Edinburgh. Today a little revamp of the page along with some new unseen photographs from the opening day onboard Fingal Edinburgh! Hope you enjoy the treat waiting to be explored on the Fingal Edinburgh page on the website.
It has been a year since we had an update to the logo.
This week, taking inspiration from the lighthouse artwork created during the pandemic along with the words used regularly for exhibitions, putting both together to create the new simple look logo. Together, the website and social media channels update creates a overall consistency and a more uniform look. I hope you agree.
Today is the 210th anniversary of the Bell Rock lighthouse. You can celebrate at home by visiting the anniversary page and reading the fascinating book An account of the Bell Rock by the author and lighthouse engineer Robert Stevenson written in 1824.
A recent update to the website includes a short video created to promote the history and operation of Chicken Rock Lighthouse Isle of Man. Subscribe to the YouTube channel. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin to keep up to date with news and images.
I am delighted to be given another great opportunity to feature some lovely photographs taken by a former Northern Lighthouse Board keeper while on duty at the treacherous Bell Rock Lighthouse in 1982. This provides a snapshot into life inside the rock station, with a glimpse of the working life of the lighthouse keepers who could be in the lighthouse for up to six weeks at a time at the Inchcape reef. I hope you enjoy the photographs provide to me by Malc Anderson.
Thank you Malc.
I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to feature some lovely family holiday photographs from 1965 to Killantringan Lighthouse. This provides a snapshot into another perspective of the working life of the Lighthouse Keepers. I hope you enjoy the photographs provide to me by Robert McLuckie.
Thank you Robert.
I am delighted to showcase some wonderful images on the website of two former Northern Lighthouse Board Tender Vessels. Sent to me from Robert McLuckie a keen photographer of ships and vessels around Scotland. The images all taken by Robert in 1985 first show the NLV Fingal in various locations in Oban Bay and at the stores depot.
Pharos is shown at the Leith/Granton Harbour where the former NLB stores are located. Robert informed me at the time he was fortunate to be invited to have a tour of Pharos. I hope you enjoy these images in the collection as much as I do. Thank you Robert for sharing the images and your memories. To see the images click the button below.
(If you or anyone you know would like any lighthouse or light-vessel images shared on this website along with any stories please contact me).
The Jigsaw Page has been updated. Now renamed Puzzle Page!
Why not try the new Scottish Lighthouse theme word search! Download and print this on paper or use the online digital version great for using on the ipad includes sound effects! Great fun, how quick can you complete it?
If a Jigsaw is more your kind of puzzle try the new Digital Buchan Ness Lighthouse Jigsaw! Can you beat the highest score? Go on, another great one for drag and drop on the ipad!
An update of the Following The Lights YouTube Channel features a 15 minute tour of the east coast of Scotland village of St Abbs Head and the lighthouse.
Stay home, stay safe, have a virtual holiday and boat trip watching this video.
View the video here
Using my time during the current Coronavirus lock down, I decided to put it to good use.
Designing and drawing a new batch of limited edition greetings cards.
All hand drawn here in Scotland. The intention is to have these printed and given to various places to sell at a later stage to raise funds. These have been created not for profit but to support the local communities that Following The Lights continues to do.
If you want to know more about these cards or have requests please contact me using the social media links. Thank you.
In meantime, stay safe, stay home.
North Carr Lightship lighting up the sky once more to say thanks to all keyworkers.
Read the story here
I have been asked on numerous occasions, "where can I buy your beautiful lighthouse cushion covers"! I seen them on display at a lighthouse. (St Abbs Head Cottages) or I seen them at the Northern Lighthouse Board training room.
Now is your opportunity to purchase one, I have added a link to the website for anyone interested in buying a cushion cover.
During February 2020, I was delighted to be invited to visited the former keepers cottages at Langness on the Isle of Man.
During the visit storm Cira was whipping up and added to the atmosphere of this dramatic location. I could for a moment, imagine what it must have been like for the keepers living and working here in some of the worst winter weather!
I put together a 31 page e-book of photographs from my visit, I hope you enjoy looking at them and get a feel for this, beautiful accommodation.
The cottages are now used as holiday accommodation and are available for rent.
I would like to thank the owner and manager for their kindness during my visit and allowing me the opportunity to visit.
An update to the webpage Lighthouses, Keepers and Vessels now includes an e-flip book.
You can enjoy some of the old black and white photographs, zoom in or have full screen to enjoy some of the details.
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