This can, at best, be described as an irregular blog.  My blogging is, these days predominantly adhoc and is usually filed under Mhor Skye Musings.  These musings contain images around where I live on the Sleat Peninsular and also the rest of the Isle of Skye. I still occasionally blog about some of my event photography or Landscape/Wildlife when my travels generate a suitable tale to tell and I find time to recount it.

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Yellow Bell

Work has precluded being able to post for a few days but at last I have finished a small gallery of images taken focusing on the Yellow Bell flower, a small delicate flower which, when examined closely, has some lovely … Read More

Enjoying Your Sport

It is not by accident that rugby union has found an affinity with the military across the world.  Shared values in a sport that has physical confrontation blended with team responsibility but still encourages individual flair has ensured that rugby … Read More

Fastnet v Slownet

At 12:00BST today the multihulls, the greyhounds of modern day sailing, crossed the line for the start of the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race.  Last night the slightly slower Eda Frandsen rounded Ard Thurnish having left Mallaig for a week exploring the … Read More

Celtman Images

Congratulations to the 87 winners of a 2015 Celtman Blue shirt and the 70 winners of a 2015 Celtman White shirt.  A great day’s competition and one I again thoroughly enjoyed photographing.  All the images are now available under the … Read More

The Spirit of Ladysmith Lives On

When HMS Terrible and HMS Powerful landed their guns to help the besieged British Army at Ladysmith during the Boer War two modern day legacies were born. The first was Naval Field Gun which nurtured so many matelots with the … Read More

Former Player Takes Charge of Test Match

In May 2010, at the then Guinness Premiership Final, Saracens fly half Glen Jackson, bowed out of top flight rugby to become a referee.  On Saturday he takes charge of the test between England and Fiji at the same Twickenham … Read More

Welling Hat Trick Hits Harrington’s Hopes

RN winning CNRC match report below. Last night’s U23 match is available by clicking here. Also some interesting info from BFBS.  Includes interview with Ash before the final match and thoughts looking forward to April 2013.

80 Minutes From Glory as Centenary Closes

“The New Zealand team woke on Tuesday morning with their fate in their own hands.  Beat or draw against their historic rivals, Australia, and they would be the 2006 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup champions and the first team beside the … Read More

From Small Acorns Mighty Oak Trees Grow

Garrick and Boyce’s “Heart of Oak” is the official march of the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy so in the middle of the sixth Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup the oak theme is very … Read More

Humphrey Holds Nerve to Edge Kiwis

The Royal Navy beat the Royal New Zealand Navy 21-18 in a thrilling second match of the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup which keeps alive their ambition of retaining their title.

A Decade of Dedication

After ten years as Navy Rugby Referees’ Secretary Tim Bailey hands over the administrative whistle to Geoff Howells.  Geoff has a very hard act to follow.  Also in this blog US Portsmouth says farewell to Terry Le Manquais and images … Read More

Shelford-Stokes Shield Retained by Royal New Zealand Navy

The first match of the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup was a repeat of the 2009 opening fixture with the Royal Australian Navy taking on the Royal New Zealand Navy.  At stake was not only the first points in the … Read More

Commonwealth Cup’s Rich History – Part 3

BFBS Preview of 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup Before the Royal Navy squad set off to Australia, BFBS Sport’s reporter Julian Evans visited at their training base.  Julian Evans’s report from HMS Sultan featuring the dulcet tones of coach Mike … Read More

Commonwealth Cup’s Rich History – Part 2

Commonwealth Cup – all the information can be found on this page – CNRC Sydney 2012 With the Commonwealth Cup starting on Wednesday and the Royal Navy team in the air as this is written the sixth CNRC will soon … Read More

If You’re Good Enough, You’re Young Enough!?

A quiz for all Navy Rugby aficionados out there.   Who is the missing player from the following list:   Kev Bethwaite, Dave Sibson, Glenn Loughlin, Chris Alcock, Les Oman, Rich Perkins, Paul Livingstone, Bill Dunham, Cass Clay, Mike Leatherland, … Read More

Commonwealth Cup’s Rich History – Part 1

This is the first of three posts that looks back at some of the history of the Commonwealth Cup and hopefully will help Navy Rugby followers to understand that though the Royal Navy has always won the trophy, the tournaments … Read More

2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Club – Preview

With the Navy team leaving next week for the 2012 Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup (CNRC) being hosted by the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney it is an ideal opportunity to look at the current form of the three competing teams.

Samurai and Billy May Prepare for Kenyan Safari

As previously posted former Navy Coach, Billy May, was selected to be part of  Samurai’s coaching team in this weekend’s Safaricom 7’s.  Samurai will be looking to go one better than last year when they lost to Samoa in the … Read More

Gordon Herbert Waddell – Royal Marine, Navy Rugby, Scotland and British Lions Passes Away

Earlier this month witnessed the passing of a great man of rugby Gordon Waddell who sadly died on 13 August.  During his National Service he was a Royal Marine Commando and represented Devonport Services RFC.  He won a solitary cap … Read More

Evans Exiled and Navy Rugby’s Old Warriors

Gaz Evans Exiled by Exiles Navy hooker/number eight Gaz Evans made his debut for his new club London Welsh in the 40-31 defeat away to Premiership rivals Bath.  However Director of Rugby Lyn Jones felt Gaz needed some more game … Read More

Friday the Thirteenth Unlucky for Some?

I am not a superstitious person, so the luck / bad luck about travelling on Friday the thirteenth has never bothered me.  As I have written about in an earlier blog, last weekend I completed the RNRU 3 Peaks Challenge, … Read More

Joy and Sadness in the Rugby Family

First the joy with the news that the newly formed Afghanistan Rugby Federation celebrated its first XV-a-side competition game.  Then the sadness as in the same week I received the news that navy rugby stalwart and life member, Terry Le … Read More

On the Slopes of Blaven

Anyone who has visited the Isle of Skye or indeed viewed the island from the West Coast of Scotland will not have missed the serrated skyline of the Cuillin mountains, the most southerly of which is Blaven.  For anyone who … Read More

Surf Up and Sharks Out Hunting

The Navy Sharks produced by far their best performance of the 2012 Sevens season at the Newquay Surf Sevens .  With a squad bolstered by some of the star performers from the recent Navy Sevens the team made the main … Read More

Navy Sevens – Seahawk Complete Double

A long days drive from the Isle of Skye was rewarded by a day of very good sevens when Ivel Barbarians RFC hosted the 2012 Royal Navy Rugby Union Sevens Tournament.  HMS Seahawk beat 30 Cdo RM in a good … Read More

Speed Bonnie Boat……..

With the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995 (Tolls abolished in 2004) most journey’s do not involve a ferry crossing.  From where we are in Sleat it is quicker to use the Mallaig Armadale ferry but after a thirteen … Read More

Basking Sharks No More

Whilst not yet in the category of Tiger Sharks or Great Whites the Navy Sharks have certainly left behind their Wild Boar Sevens lethargy and produced some much improved performances at the West Country Sevens. A full gallery of images … Read More

Once a Marine always a…………

His place in Navy Rugby history is assured.  It is unlikely that any Servicemen will ever play in more Inter Service matches in the UK.  However last week Bob Armstrong clearly felt the need to add another paragraph to his … Read More

Navy 28 Army 12 – must be a good news story

The Rugby Club Marine Nationale achieved what neither the Royal Navy or indeed the US Navy could achieve when then beat their Army opponents in the French Inter Services yesterday.  Having already beaten the Gendarmes on Monday the RCMN now … Read More

Mother Nature – By Land, Sea and Air

The fledglings mentioned in the last blog have flown and the whole Sleat Peninsular is alive with bird song and the vibrancy of new life.  Bluebells cover vast swathes of the Sleat hillsides and in the Sound I have enjoyed … Read More

Scouting for Locations

Have spent a couple of days getting to grips with my new location and seeking out suitable photographic locations. So far I am only exploring sites on the Sleat Pennisular and already I feel a little like Charlie on his … Read More

Ten Years, Ten Titles, ‘Ten’ Targetted

The Women’s Inter Service Rugby Championship celebrated the culmination of its tenth year on 28th April and the Army should be congratulated on the continuation of their unbroken run. However the matches over the last few years have been far … Read More

Greg Goes

Former  Navy Rugby vice captain Greg Barden has announced his immediate retirement from rugby having stood down from captaining England Sevens.  Greg was a key member of the Navy’s winning Inter Service team of 2010 and has also been responsible … Read More

BFBS Preview, Navy Team and Proud Heritage Answer

Jon Knighton has done an excellent preview of the Army Navy match focusing on it being the final game for two great service players Mark Lee and Josh Drauniniu.  It is on BFBS tonight (Thursday 18:30 Sky Channel 231) or … Read More

Fourth Invitational XV

As the count down to the Army Navy day at Twickenham begins I have published Greg Barden’s Invitational XV.  Having only retired himself from XV-a-side rugby last season it naturally contains many players who will be on show on Saturday, … Read More

Exiles Stars Reward Sultan’s Ambition

In February HMS Sultan were announced as one of the 12 Premiership Rugby Pro Winners. The announcement particularly mentioned the efforts of the team: “Winners of this year’s QBE Rugby Pro include the first XV at HMS Sultan and Upton-upon-Severn … Read More

Marinated Vulture

Images from the Mariners well worked 25 – 11 victory over the RAF Vultures can be found here. Images From the Game The weather prevented the backs getting much ball but they contributed fully to the win.   The Navy … Read More

Bands, Caps and Prizes

For nine players Wednesday 11 April 2012 was a very special days has they won their first cap for representing the Royal Navy Rugby Union.  Six new caps were awarded at kick off and three more as replacements.  Further information … Read More

Entente Cordial Retained by RCMN(F)

 Formalities were Observed As ever the Marine Nationale staged an excellent occassion. Amiral OLiver Lajous and Royal Navy Rugby Union President Admiral Sir Trevor Soar were presented to the teams and after the Quenn and the Marseillaise we were ready. … Read More

Diamond Jim and Cowboy Bid Adieu to Navy Rugby

This week two  great stalwarts of Navy Rugby had their leaving runs as they left the Naval Service and embarked on adventures new. ‘Diamond’ Jim Hunter Jim Hunter is the current holder of Navy Rugby’s Soapy Watson Memorial Trophy and … Read More

Rec Faithful Should Approve of Ben Clarke (MkII)

They have seen a lot of Ben Clarke at the Recreation Ground, Bath. The former British Lion and 40 cap England International had two stints playing for the club during which time he was also Captain.  However at well over … Read More