r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea: May 2017


'An iar's an ear, an dachaigh as' fhéarr - cùl ri gaoith,'s aghaidh ri gréin.'

(to east and west the house that’s best, back to the wind, face to the sun)

between wild and not wild

We want people to find their own journey in this work, asking questions and coming up with their own answers. If nothing else we realised that, like any psychological or physical transition, these borders between wild and not wild for most people are all about a feeling. The very personal response is the most important thing. The stepping over an invisible threshold where the shoulders relax and you smell the pine in the air, catch a glimpse of a red squirrel, watch wood ants wrestling on sun warmed rock, step over the raptor torn remains of a Ptarmigan, and lie down in the heather and stare at the clouds for a while thinking about nothing in particular. Designating lines on the map are the necessary part of defending that moment for all of us. 
We would hope that our work can be another perspective on landscape that is not just another set of highland landscape postcards but includes humans in that picture and gets deeper into what it is to be in these wild places, their ecology, the changing impact of seasons and weather and the cultural history and their uncertain future.   - Goat

tick talks

Highlands GP ups tick awareness campaign
Lochaber 'Tick Talks'

nb: Transmission time is now considered to be 15 minutes (probably less) and not everyone develops a bulls-eye rash.

The Big Tick Project

The Big Tick Project is the largest ever veterinary study of ticks and tick-borne disease in the UK. Explore the site to learn more about the study, the growing problem of tick-borne disease in the UK and what you can do to protect your pets from ticks.

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

It's that time of year again, dear readers. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
Each year, more of us are being infected with one or more tick-borne diseases. For too many of us, diagnosis is still coming far too late, or not at all.  Lyme Disease UK's  Wake Up To Lyme campaign aims to raise awareness and prevent further Lyme infections this year. Will you join us in whatever way you can?
Watch this space over the coming weeks for more information about borreliosis (Lyme Disease) and other tick-borne diseases, and what you can do to help yourself and others in your community wherever you live.
In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of Chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease. This has resulted in needless suffering of many individuals who deteriorate and sometimes die for lack of timely application of treatment or denial of treatment beyond some arbitrary duration."

- Kenneth B. Liegner, M.D. in a letter to the Institute of Medicine published in "In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme Disease: Collected Writings & Associated Materials", Oct 2015.