armchair explorer: atlas of remote islands …

‘Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will’, by Judith Schalansky, 2010 … Lovely, imaginative, original wee atlas … Discovered here & here … with links to great reviews there with pics and another there

“There is no more poetic book than an atlas,” Schalansky writes, and her book makes a magnificent case for the atlas to be recognised as literature, worthy of its original name – theatrum orbis terrarum, “the theatre of the world”.

… and, Nat Geo’s review … and, last but not least, one very lucky guy who actually has set foot on a good few of these faraway lands …!

Islands evocatively named Lonely, Deception, Possession, Rudolph, Christmas, Easter, Pagan, Robinson Crusoe, & many more exotic names that translate to Disappointment, Danger, Cloudy, & Passion, etc …

Dare to explore the far corners of the world without ever leaving the comfort of your chair …!

scotland dispatch: a good yarn …

Pringle of Scotland’s ‘Life Behind the Scenes’; witty, quirky short film by Glasgow based artist David Shrigley for the 195 year old esteemed Scottish wool brand … spotted via the archives of the lovely All Things Considered
While leading a nomadic life here in Scotland {temporarily}, this seemed a suitable follow-up to MacAusland’s beautiful blankets, and in particular, this week’s high profile ‘Wool Week’ campaign in Britain, sparked by the ever savvy bonnie Prince Charlie … so, Canada, … where’s our national wool campaign …?
Well, let’s start with the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Ltd, est. 1918, and dig a little … did you know we export 90% of our wool …? So it seems to be a rare commodity … we’re small fry, but we’ve got a niche product … though it’s a bit of a shame we can see, or enjoy, very little of it at home …!

scotland dispatch: woolly canadian becomes toast …

MacAusland’s Blanket, via Toast, UK

Lovely to see this beautiful traditional Canadian blanket front & centre at the fab British shop Toast …! MacAusland’s famed raw wool blankets {here, here & here, etc} have been coveted by Tinder since forever … Toast is renowned for featuring local British woolens, so quite something to see a Canadian heritage brand included in their usual Welsh mix … and no better place than the ever inspiring Toast to debut across the pond … very becoming indeed …!

breaking news: duty calls & notes from the field …

‘Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade’, via filmcritic.com

Greetings kind & patient folks!

Apologies for this terribly overdue update & delay in Tinder shop re-opening … Tinder has taken a back-seat/side-car and is experiencing an unexpected hiatus … vacation morphed into working holiday, as duty calls us to action {labouring as archaeologists, our ‘day jobs’} … we have been chasing the past here in foreign lands {Scotland}, quite literally, as well as hunting fresh goods for our wee shop, for when we return to moonlighting as shopkeepers …!

We very much appreciate your inquiries; we will endeavour to reply to each & everyone of you as soon as possible … though for some odd reason, there are a few folks who’s email addresses are bouncing us back … so please bear with us as we try to sort out this glitch, perhaps caused by our internet ‘rocket stick’ connection …

We’re very grateful for your patience & understanding; we will post our ‘Tinder re-opening date’ as soon we can be certain … at present, it is possible that Tinder could re-open in the next few weeks or so … however, this hiatus could extend a wee bit longer, though we certainly do expect to re-open in time for Christmas …!

We apologize for the delay in shipping out goods … and for those folks not in a rush, we will be shipping as soon as we touchdown in Canada …

For anyone who would like to be contacted by email, either for shop updates, and/or for shop orders, just shoot us a request to: hello@tinder.ca, and/or, contact@logmatic.ca …

We look forward to getting the goods out to you all as soon as possible …!

Many thanks once again for visiting Tinder & Logmatic Canada

Please stay tuned …

scottish holiday {iii}: the lodge {the ‘earl’s estate’}

Cruggleton Lodge, in the deep southwest of Scotland by the Irish sea {near ancient Whithorn, in Galloway}, set on a secluded, cliff-top organic dairy farm, with Belfast sink, Aga & wood-burning stove for wild & chilly Scottish nights by the sea … keep an eye out for the Wicker Man …!

scottish holiday {ii}: the highland croft {‘callakille’}

Callakille, a traditional highland croft in the remote northwest corner of Scotland known as ‘a Chomraich’, which means ‘the Sanctuary’ in Scottish Gaelic … dramatic, scenic wilderness of the coastal highlands with stunning views across to the Isle of Skye … wild & woolly rugs, snug feather duvets, a warm fire & whisky galore, for whale watching & stargazing with the ‘local heroes’