Mull & Iona


Historical & Archaeology Walks 29th November

Our Dervaig walk on 29th November was the last for this year and was blessed with cloudless skies. 11 members met at the Kilmore car park to view two sets of prehistoric (Bronze Age) standing stone alignments and possible burial cairn, before walking on to visit another alignment setting and possible round-houses within the forest. There is no walk at the end of December but our next outing should be Friday 31st January 2020, probably from Tobermory.

Geology Thursday 7th November.

The group met to discuss the types of geological faults and their significance.
Local and world wide faults were investigated and an insight into how they affect the countryside as we see it.

Philosophy Monday 4th November.

The group discussed Ignorance and Innocence, discovering that they are closely interconnected, but with many subtle differences. As usual a lively discussion ensued.

Art & Craft Group Monday 21st October.

Felicity demonstrated some Mono Printing techniques and Shirley demonstrated printing with Gelli Pads. Printing on Tissue paper gives interesting results and could probably be used in Decoupage.

  Brigit Koopson  on You Tube is an interesting bod to watch re. Gelli printing.

This is a link to an interesting technique -

“Not the Equinox Bash”,

On Thursday 17th October we had our “Not the Equinox Bash” at which we shared each other’s food and Alan Schofield gave a talk on the representation of food and drink in art and divided up the examples he used into four categories:
Religious, particularly banquets where important events happened; Mystical, where allegorical or symbolic subjects are portrayed; Realism where the skill and techniques of the artist are shown to their fullest, particularly in 'still life' painting, and Moral examples where artists admonish the viewer through scenes of gluttony and excess. Two examples with discussion are below. ( Double clip for enlargement)

Mosaic Unswept floor

1, Mosaic: 'unswept floor', Hadrian's villa, Tivoli. Minor Pictura, reality conveyed through illusion, but also offerings left for the shades of the dead which may inhabit the house.

Market Scene
2. Pieter Aertsen, Market Scene, 1569. The problem of interpretation - is this just realism, the artist painting produce to show his skill or are there deeper meanings? His earlier works are similar in scale but include Biblical scenes. However, some academics see this picture as a celebration of Fecundity.

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Walking Group

On Tuesday 1st October we walked in sunshine along the Kengharair track, and on Tuesday 17th September we walked the Salen loop. It was a good day for taking wildlife pictures, particularly butterflys.

Geology Thursday 3rd October

On Thursday 3nd October the Geology group braved the elements on the coast between Craignure and Torosay. Besides investigating the Craignure Anticline we discovered this rather spectacular ammonite trace.

Creative Writing Group

Two pieces of collaborative work in which the Creative Writing Group have been involved:
With the HOPE kitchen in Oban: contributing to an anthology of poems called Rucksacks and Rebels, created by Sharon Wilkie Jones, to raise awareness of issues faced by people who are homeless.
With the Ross of Mull Poets and Tobermory Bakery: open poetry reading events at the Bakery.

Geology Thursday 1st August.

The geology group visited Easdale Island recently and besides investigating the slates and flooded quarries we found a partially eroded Isle of Mull compond dyke which we could stand inside for a photoshoot. Then off to the Puffer Bar for an afternoon libation.

Geology Thursday 4th July.

Eighteen of us were made welcome by the Lochaline Quartz Sand Mine Company who gave us a tour of the mine and surface plant. It is the only underground sand mine in Europe. Mining is carried out by a room and pillar system, you can work out the cell like structure on the map. The sandstone is drilled, blasted and carried by dump truck to the surface plant to be crushed and purified. The resulting silica sand is extremely pure and white and is used amongst other things in the production of top quality flint glass.
The mine was much more extensive than expected reaching approx. 2 miles horizontally underground; we however ventured just a few hundred yards and then turned off our torches. It was pitch black!
We enjoyed a light refreshment in the Lochaline Private Members Club before heading back to Mull.

Historical & Archaeology Walks

Our June History & Archaeology walk on ‘the hottest day of the year’ took five of us around the remains of the Knockroy clearance village in Tiroran Community Forest, past Tiroran House and Kilfinichen Bay to the ‘Pennyghael in the Past Museum’ at Balevulin - for very welcome refreshments.

Open Meeting 27th June Sutton Hoo.

Peter Leach gave us a very interesting talk on Sutton Hoo which is an Anglo Saxon Royal Burial ground in Suffolk. It was a fascinating insight into the processes of archaeology and the amazing artefacts discovered there including a full size ship.

Ukulele Wed. 29th May

A little note to say that 3 members of our Ukulele group met up this afternoon for an hour at Pennyghael . We went over the chords we have so far learnt and also practised strumming methods . We managed to play through a couple of our early tunes.

Geology Thursday 2nd May

On 2nd May the Geology group were fossil tree hunting on the Quinish peninsular. Besides the main fossil tree we also found five others, plus a lava tube, a lava bubble, compound dykes, a’a lava, pahoehoe lava and lots of paleosols.

Historical & Archaeology Walks

Our third walk on Friday 26th April took us to Ulva with 9 members, taking in Ulva House and its gardens, a prehistoric standing stone, remains of  a sheep fank and shepherd’s house, on the way to the ruins of the clearance village of Glen Ormaig - the David Livingston family home. From there we proceeded via the ruins of another clearance village at Cove, to Livingston Cave, where excavation has revealed Mesolithic occupation from at least 6,000 BC. Our return followed the coastal path via Ulva House again to the ferry


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