About

Hmm,  I suppose I’d better write something here soon…

For now I’ll just give a few details…
I’m Katie Tunn, a 30-year old artist who has just moved from near London to a beautiful but rather windy place in the Isle of Skye.
My bread-and-butter job is as a portrait painter (specialising in military and polo subjects) although I now spend just as much time involved in marine conservation (campaigning, organising beach cleans, whale rescue, dolphin hugging etc…)
Some of my favourite things include the ocean, anything sparkly, wildlife, whisky, fossils/geology and dressing up.
That’s it for the moment, I’ll try and write something a bit better in the near future…

Also, I’m incredibly grateful to anyone who reads my posts, I’m very lucky to have some of your time. Thank you x

24 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, i edit scotlandnow.com and one of our readers has alerted me to your blog, which is fantastic! We sometimes feature posts from guest bloggers on the site, which is mostly read overseas (USA, Canada etc) and I wondered if we could include you?

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    • Hi Kat,
      What an exciting idea! I’d love to be included (and as always, it’s amazing to hear that anyone actually reads my posts!)
      Perhaps if you send me a contact email we can discuss what you might need from me?
      Katie

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  2. Hi there, dropping you a line all the way from New Zealand. Just watched the Grand Design episode on Indi and Rebecca’s place and then came across your blog. Very cool. What a real life adjustment for you given your previous home near London. My wife and I drove around the Island with my folks back in around 2000 and fell in love with the place. Being a Nicholson it was special to visit the headland of Clan MacNicol in Portree and get to understand some of my dad’s heritage. If I didn’t live in NZ I would surely live on Skye! Keep living the dream ‘New Girl’.

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    • Hi Shaun,
      Thanks for your message, it’s amazing how our little neighbourhood has reached all the way to the other side of the world. It’s interesting that you say you’re from New Zealand since lots of people say that Skye is like a mini version.
      I spend a lot of time up at Indi’s gallery and cafe (the smaller of the two Grand Designs buildings) -it’s one of my favourite places; the brownies made by Lorraine there are to die for! You must visit it if you decide to come back and retrace a bit more of the Nicholson heritage!
      K x

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  3. and to continue the trip around the world – reading your lovely blogs here in southern california. i am originally a scottish gal myself and had my first visit to skye earlier this year. enjoying your blog very much.

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  4. Hi Kat – from Melbourne, AUS
    I so love seeing The New Girl updates when they appear in my inbox. I too stumbled on your blog while looking up the Grand Designs Skye ep and have followed you ever since. Do keep blogging – it’s a wonderful glimpse into your life, and a place that sounds like heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing!
    Sally

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    • Thanks Sally! It’s amazing to think that someone on the other side of the world is happy to read my stuff!
      I spend a lot of time at the Grand Designs place, the little gallery/cafe that they’ve opened next to the house does the best hot chocolates, brownies, sandwiches (and company) on Skye. I’ve met most of my neighbours in there, it’s a great place -though I still haven’t seen the programme yet!
      Lots of love from chilly, rainy Skye! K x

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      • Wooohooo, thank you for responding! I will indeed contact her – it would be so great to be able to pick that up next time I’m there. Also, thank you for pointing out the Skyeworks Gallery in general – I’m keen on adding a few non-touristy artsy dots to my next-visit-to-Skye-dotted-map (which is a print of the wonderful ‘Every road on the Isle of Skye’ drawn map, on which I have put tiny round stickers) and this is, with or without a knitted hat, a great addition. Thanks!

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  5. Hi! I just tried sending you an e-mail, but it was returned. I half expected that, since your main website is down as well. I’ll patiently await its return and then try resending the e-mail. But I thought I’d mention it just in case you weren’t aware (in which case you might not even get WordPress-notifications… but well, I had to try something).

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  6. Hi Katie,
    I’m a freelance journalist and fellow blogger and am reaching out for a bit of help if that’s okay? My husband and I were living in Dalston but felt city life was making us a little dead inside so quit our media jobs, sold our flat and took off in a campervan around Europe to write and take amazing pictures.
    The best place we visited on our trip by far was Skye and we fell in love with the island. Which is why we’re heading back next week. Matt (the afore mentioned husband) has interviews for potential jobs. So, (and here’s where the favour finally comes in!) I wondered if you might have the time to meet with me for a coffee? Being a fellow ex-Londoner and having done it all yourself, I’d be extremely grateful of your advice and guidance of how to make the move. You seem to have mastered it wonderfully and I adore reading your blog so would be more than willing to stretch to cake too! I wouldn’t take up too much of your time, promise. We’ll be arriving Thursday 17th Dec for five days. Might you be able to squeeze me in? Really hope so.
    Best, Jess

    P.S. So that you feel reassured I’m not a total weirdo / wanted criminal, please do check out http://www.motherkin.net and my Instagram @jessmlacey.

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    • Hi Jess,
      Thanks for your message. I’m so pleased (though not surprised) that you enjoyed Skye so much.
      I’m pleased to hear that you’re thinking of making the leap too. It’s not an easy place to live, especially in winter and weather like we’re having now, but it’s worth it to see the mountains and oceans every day.
      The offer of a coffee sounds wonderful (and who can resist cake?!) but I’m afraid I won’t be around next Thursday as I’m heading South to spend Christmas with my family.
      But feel free to ask any questions on here. I’m afraid with a lot of Christmas commissions to finish and holidays coming up I probably won’t be online a lot but I’ll try to catch things here and there.
      Maybe we’ll catch each other when you’re up here next!
      K xx

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  7. hello Kat,

    Thanks for cheering up what has been a really dreary, foggy day here. I came across your blog having quite enjoyed a nata from my local Co-op and wondering if the pastry was made from butter. I discovered these custard tarts years ago in Portgual so was delighted to re-find them in a local deli and thought back to where and when I had first enjoyed them. I have visited stunning Skype a couple of times so started to read some of your other entries and found myself, with the odd break to get a hot drink and make lunch, sitting here hours later having been thoroughly entertained, “not wasting time”. I burnt my lunch as I got so engrossed! Like you I made a move, a couple of years ago, to a beautiful part of the UK, tranquil Shropshire, plenty of sheep around here too. Like you people questioned the reasons which they begin to understand when they visit. One completely unexpected bonus is the friendliness of folks in the area, both those who have lived here all their lives and those more recent immigrants like myself. It is without doubt the friendliest community I have lived in and I have lived in many places in my sixty odd years. People have time to smile at complete strangers here. I completely agree with your sentiments about living alone, enjoying my chosen solitude, curling up by a log fire with a book for company which I am now going to do. Like my 36 year niece, married with 2 children, you refer to home as the place where your mother lives and yet you wax lyrically about the joys of living in Skye. I nearly fell off my chair when you talked about Chiddingfold as ten years of my childhood was spent in Witley and there was a time when we had a cottage in Fisher Lane in Chiddingfold. It quite took me back. The most recent post I could find was the one about the whale rescue so hopefully there are others I can enjoy another day.

    kind regards and please keep writing your blog
    Liz

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    • Hi Liz,
      Thank you for your lovely message, I’ve been in a bit of a blogging lull recently and your kind words have encouraged me to pull my socks up and start writing again!
      It’s wonderful to hear that my story distracted you and I’m thrilled you took the time to read so much (although I’m sorry about your lunch, I forget about things on the hob all the time so I understand the “Ah crap!” moment!)
      It’s interesting that you notice how I mention ‘home’… At the moment I’m struggling with the fact that my heart is in two places; the people I love are there but the place I love is here. Both places are home but both places have only half of what I love. There’s no solution, I suppose it’s just about seeing where life takes me next.
      I love that you lived in Chiddingfold too! I won’t say here because it’s public but I will just say that that’s very very close to our home! How strange! There’s a new pub opening in Uig soon, about 15-20 mins South of me, and I recently found out the owners are from Chiddingfold too. I’ve often wondered if there’s some kind of unseen link between there places that I haven’t realised yet…
      How lovely that a funny little blog post about a custard tart can lead to these kinds of connections 🙂
      K x

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  8. Hi Katie
    Just came across you via a link on my Instagram (@al_humphreys) – I’m so impressed with your art and your choice to go live up on Skye. Awesome all round. Well done!
    Alastair

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    • Hi Alastair,
      Sorry for the delayed reply, I’ve just returned from a absurdly surreal year taking part in the Channel 4 Eden programme so haven’t seen a keyboard since last March! It was a challenging experience but I was thrilled to come home to find your message as I’m a huge fan of yours. I’ve been following your travels since becoming involved with the Next Challenge and I’m a bit of a broken record when it comes to telling friends about 5-9 adventures. I owe you a thanks for inspiring me to get off my arse when it’s blowing a hoolie and the sofa is looking too inviting!
      If you’re ever in need of a pitstop in Skye give me a shout 🙂

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  9. Katie, what is it really like living on Skype in a few words please? I should have read your blogathon, its interesting, inspiring and creative but I have problems sitting still to read it thru. I am seeking a new location to try and find myself. The Lake District is beautiful for sure, but its infested not with midges in summer but worse noisy people. Where is tranquility and peace to be found? And what are the pesky midges really like and how long are they out causing irritable scratch syndrome. I have worn tights over my head last time climbing the Cuiilin Ridge, but that is pretty weird to say the least and I do not fancy looking like a bank robber for 3-4 months in Summer if I end up in Skye. Well done for surviving so far on your escape, retreat or gap yrs x 3 or whatever you are doing. Nan Shepherd and all of that is the real deal for sure. Things are def not important as the search for our soul and inner self being. Mind you, I may be wong on this….

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