Posted by: christinelaennec | May 11, 2015

Souvenir giveaway

Dear Readers,

I’ve so much enjoyed sharing my little trip to the Isle of Harris with you over the past few weeks.  Thank you for “coming along with me” by reading and commenting.  One of the joys of blogging is seeing something interesting and thinking, “Ooh I’d like to show them that!”

To thank you for your interest, I brought back something to give away to one lucky reader:

Cotton shopping bag, sold in aid of Isle of Harris Disabled Group.

Cotton shopping bag, sold in aid of Isle of Harris Disabled Group.

This is something you won’t find anywhere else in the world!  An Isle of Harris shopping bag, which I bought from the Harris Disabled Group charity shop in Tarbert.  It has photographs of the Harris coastline, St Clement’s Church at Rodel, and a sheep standing in a bus shelter.  There are also eagles – possibly silhouettes of the sea eagles which nest on Harris.  And it has English and Gaelic versions of the island’s name.  Both sides of the bag are printed with the design you see in the photo.  It has nice long handles for carrying it over your shoulder.

If you would like a chance to win this elegant and practical souvenir of the Isle of Harris, leave a comment here before 8 pm GMT on Monday, May 18th 2015.  I’m happy to send this anywhere at all.

Good luck!



  1. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed traveling along with you on this adventure! I believe my favorite day was the trip to the Callandish Visitors Centre. The thought of visiting with a friend while having a cozy lunch with the rain pelting down outside sounded lovely!

    Thanks for the opportunity to have a souvenir of your trip!

  2. I enjoyed traveling with you since my age and health means I’ll never get to all the places I’d like to visit.

  3. Love reading your posts and especially about your trips to Harris- truly a very special place:)

  4. I too have enjoyed traveling to this special part of the world via your wonderful blog. I so enjoyed the post you wrote about walking to the lighthouse. You have shown a glimpse of an area I hope to visit one day. My best to you. Hugs, Pat

  5. One of my favourite places to visit so enjoyed your strolls immensely.

  6. Hi Christine! Trying my luck with your give-away :))) xx

  7. I really enjoy reading your blog posts and would love to have a chance to win the lovely give-away!

  8. … been enjoying the sights while wearing my Harris tweed jackets to get in the mood, luckily I refrain from the whisky though I am tempted … keep up the writing … it gives ex-teachers a purpose and is the modern day version of speakers corner … if you do it well you have an audience otherwise they fade away … greeting from Switzerland the land of chocolates and cheese as opposed to milk and honey …

    • Thank you very much for the encouragement! I have always wanted to come to your country. Maybe someday!

  9. I really enjoy following your adventures whenever you post and fun to see where your travels take you.

  10. Thank you for sharing your trip to Harris, your many other adventures, and for a chance to win your lovely giveaway. ♥

  11. Oooh, I need a new tote bag for library books! Count me in!

  12. I didn’t need the bag but just wanted to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trip. I too love that part of the world. The last time we were in Rodel was on 9/11 but before we learned the news we had so enjoyed being in such a special place.

  13. Thank you for sharing photos of the Isle of Harris and life in Scotland in general! I enjoy being an armchair traveler to somewhere so different from my home in Southern California. I can’t imagine somewhere with that much rain…

  14. Thinking about Harris, your reportage and ever so happy that you’re offering such a lovely souvenir to your readers. Thanks for being so generous.

  15. I have been reading your blog for a long time, Christine, and enjoy it so much. It is very interesting to me to get a view of life in Scotland and environs through the eyes of an American. Do you feel somewhat like a native there now after so many years? Thank you for the blog and a chance to own the very neat Harris bag😘.

  16. Ooh everybody loves a giveaway, thank you 🙂
    Scotland has become home to me, and I very much enjoy learning about its places and history and culture from you, so thank you for that too!

  17. I have so enjoyed your travels and would love to see more of the islands. I do remember the folk in Paisley being very friendly the short time I lived there when single. Women folk always seemed to be concerned with were we looking after ourselves, as single girls and would give us bags of groceries and they themselves I’m sure hardly had two pennies to rub together, this would have been in the mid seventies. So I agree folk in that area are very friendly and share.

    I do like the bag, especially with the Gaelic on it.
    Thank you.

  18. I love your blog, I was born in Edinburgh and have been enjoying tracing my mum’s side of the family. I do like the bag, particularly the gaelic, I did try and find gaelic classes here but none are available. When I was in Scotland near Cabrach on a bitterly cold day, a farmer gave us a lift in his jeep, and he mainly spoke gaelic.
    I would love the bag from the Isle of Harris. I have managed to explore some of Scotland on different trips. Beautiful countryside.

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