Not many of us have a local post office that looks like this one!
This tiny post office occupies the corner of a field in Jemimaville, Ross-shire, where Jane Duncan lived after returning home to Scotland after spending many years in the Caribbean.
Poyntzfield Post Office
A short poem by Alyson
Making out of town on the ancient lie
of a General Wade road
Looking down towards the pale blue ribbon
that is the shallow firth
Muted, mauve, autumnal willowherb
fringes the grey macadam
A curved causeway, chain-like in the distance,
appears to guide me home
A selection of images
- The now derelict Black Isle croft which was home to Jane Duncan’s father and grandparents
- Her headstone in the graveyard at Kirkmichael
- The view from her own house in Jemimaville overlooking Udale Bay
Jane Duncan’s gravestone
The family croft, the “Reachfar” of her novels
Udale Bay at sunset
And, a map of the Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands, bordered on the north side by the Cromarty Firth. You should just make out Jemimaville, marked to the right of centre.