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Visitors come to the Black Isle from all over the world, and one of them features on the cover of the latest Chatterbox – a black-tailed godwit. In our winter edition, Sandy Mitchell follows the long-distance aviators who fly thousands of miles to Udale Bay, where they take a break during their global travels.

There’s more outdoor activity with Dingwall Field Club, when we learn what its members get up to both locally and further afield.

And in Muir of Ord we meet Stefan Quarry, whose geodesic domes are finding homes in Ross-shire gardens. He tells us how he discovered the structures which he’s turned into a new business.

Someone else enjoying her new business is Emilie Brizard, who’s brought her skill as a pastry chef from France to Avoch. O’Délice has been tickling local tastebuds since April 2022. We find out all about her.

The news is less good in Cromarty, where at the end of 2023 The Cheese House will close its doors after 11 years. Jon Palmer tells us why it’s time for a change.

Back in Avoch, we meet Liz Danby, winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish Gymnastics. She describes a career in coaching that’s taken her and hundreds of young gymnasts all over Europe.

In Fortrose, sewing, knitting and crochet are being put to good use to create literal comfort blankets as part of Project Linus, which offers support to young people during times of distress and need.

People of all ages can find help from Black Isle Cares through its Befriending Service, but the charity needs help too. We learn how you can become a volunteer and reduce loneliness.

And there’s more, in another bumper edition of Chatterbox. Don’t miss it!

Russell Turner, Editor

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