Archive for August 2011

Eilean Eisdeal and OSCR

In the “News” section of Eilean Eisdeal’s website you may have read the item “Charities regulator dismisses complaints against EE” following an inquiry made by the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR). If not, see HERE.

Of the inquiry into Eilean Eisdeal, OSCR’s website says:

“OSCR has completed its inquiry under section 28 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) into Eilean Eisdeal.  In view of the range of concerns referred to OSCR that appear to be related to the level of public confidence in the charity, we determined that a report of OSCR’s findings should be published. The report outlines the reasons for our inquiry as well as the scope, full findings and conclusions.”

OSCR’s report is available to download HERE.

Do you suffer from the lasks?

If you do, it seems that a few brambles might do the trick.

As the bramble season is upon us again, we thought readers might be interested to see the medicinal properties of this ubiquitous berry, as noted by Nicholas Culpeper in his “Complete Herbal”, which was first published during the reign of Elizabeth I.


Common Bramble

Name. It is also called blackberry bush, and is so well known that it needs no description; its virtues are as follow.

Government and virtues. It is a plant of Venus in Aries. You have directions at the latter end of the book for the gathering of all herbs, plants, &c. The reason why Venus is so prickly is because she is in the house of Mars. The buds, leaves, and branches, while they are green, are of good use in the ulcers and putrid sores of the mouth and throat, and for the quinsey; and likewise to heal other fresh wounds and sores: but the flowers and fruit unripe are very binding; they are also profitable for the bloody flux and lasks, and a fit remedy for spitting of blood. Either the decoction or powder of the root, being taken, is good to break or drive forth gravel and the stone in the reins or kidneys. The leaves and brambles, as well green as dry, are good lotions for sores in the mouth or secret parts; the decoction of them and of the dried branches doth much bind the belly, and is good for too much flowing of women’s courses; the berries or the flowers are a powerful remedy against the poison of the most venomous serpents as well drunk, as outwardly applied, and help the sores of the fundament, and the piles; the juice of the berries, mixed with juice of mulberries, do bind more effectually, and help fretting and eating sores and ulcers wheresoever. The distilled water of the branches, leaves, and flowers, or fruit, is very pleasant in taste, and very effectual in fevers and hot distempers of the body, head, eyes, and other parts, and for all the purposes aforesaid. The leaves boiled in lye, and the head washed therewith heal the itch, and the running sores thereof, and make the hair black. The powder of the leaves strewed on cancers and running ulcers, doth wonderfully help to heal them. Some condensate the juice of the leaves, and some the juice of the berries, to keep for their use all the year, for the purposes aforesaid.


Please note that the editorial team accepts no responsibility for anything whatsoever that may result from our readers trying out any of these “cures”!!

However, we can testify to the fact that a glass of bramble whisky makes the world look and feel a whole lot better!


P.S. The lasks is … er … the “trots”!

Liz’s Luscious Lemon Mousse

Liz Davies has sent in this recipe, which she says is absolutely gorgeous!

Lemon clipart picture

Lemon Mousse.
Serves 4-6 depending on how greedy you are.
300ml carton double cream
1 big juicy lemon (or 2 hard ones) juiced and zested
60 gr caster sugar
2 egg whites
1.  Put the cream, lemon zest and sugar into large bowl and whisk them together until the mixture starts to thicken.  Add the lemon juice and whisk again until the mixture thickens further, don’t let it get too stiff or you won’t be able to fold in the egg whites.
2.  Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks and then fold them into the lemon mixture.  Spoon the mousse into glasses or ramekins and chill.  Decorate with extra zest if you like.
Lemon clipart picture

No danger!

Even though there wasn’t much bright sun, all these little fellows were basking on a warm roof and, by my count, there are twenty of them. The average sighting for house sparrows in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch was 4.2!

House sparrows are Red Listed birds, because their numbers have declined in some places by as much as 60% over recent decades, but they certainly seem to be flourishing on Easdale, beating the BGB five times over!

Easdale’s past from the Oban Times

The Oban Times supplement on 28th July celebrating the paper’s 150th year yielded some interesting snippets about Easdale life in the mid to late 19th century.

March 1862


May 1862


July 1867


December 1877

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