SEAL MORNING Author:ROWENA FARRE "The coast of Sutherland is composed for the greater part of moor, bog, and water. Trees are a rarity; birch and pine scatter the moor singly or in small groups. Outcrops of rocks, ofter weathered into strange shapes, are strewn over the landscape. When a storm is approaching, or in the half-light, the effect of this boulder-strewn landscape... more » is eerie and to some people even frightening."
"After 20 years as a teacher in one of the Home Counties my Aunt Miriam, with whom I lived, decided to give up her career and return to her native Scotland. Her original plan was to buy a small house near Inverness, where she had lived as a girl, but on hearing of a croft for sale at a moderate price in a particularly remote and barren part of Sutherland her pioneering spirit got the better of her."
They arrived with two squirrels and a rat. Soon a shepherd gave them two otter cubs because the news had spread that they "were fond of animals."