Tiree in Your Words

Every word counts


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uses for the words

As well as collecting words, we invited people to suggest ways they might be used in creative projects, not necessarily by us – these words belong to the whole community. These were the suggestions we received:

  • Make them into a book!
  • Single word charades
  • Sculpture?!
  • Words painted with descriptive pictures along the pier wall or other public place
  • Community consultation!!
  • Insert word cloud into outline map of Tiree
  • Something stitched
  • Make a T shirt from the wordle
  • Produce greetings cards of the word cloud
  • Produce wall hanging of selected words/framed picture of same
  • Kids in high school, art images, English passages, songs
  • Word of the day?
  • Word swirl
  • Wondering what it would be like to do Flickr searches using the words
  • Stitched
  • Visual media presentation on web site
  • Optimistic vs pessimistic balance/imbalance – with age differences
  • Small jars labelled “Essence of Tiree” containing small cards with the most encouraging/inspiring words printed – bit like a ‘box of promises’. One of these cards extracted each day for happiness therapy??
  • Q: Did you see the Ringing Stone?
 What came to your mind?
    A: Yes words came to my mind 
 Like …….. …….. ………. ………..
    (Take any six words/sentences from those collected)
  • How can we keep them safe?

A couple of people used this space just to write a bit more about what Tiree means to them:

  • When on Tiree there is a huge  expanse of sunrise, sunset, stars, sea, sand and shells
  • Living in a place like Tiree makes me aware of the beautiful world we live in
    I am aware of God’s work on a daily basis and appreciate the beauty of it all
    I feel I live in a safe society in a  caring community

We also asked for feedback on Tiree in Your Words at the box opening event:

  • Exciting,   surprising  and  fun 🙂
  • Refreshingly honest picture of Tiree by the people who live here
  • Great fun …
  • I think it was  a great project! I enjoyed the day as well!

If you would like to add to your thoughts about using the words or about any aspect of the project, please do leave a comment here or email us at tireewords@gmail.com.


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an addition and a correction

We took down the display of word cards yesterday and collected this extra set of words that had been left during the week:

Beaches, sun, quiet, small, friendly

We also discovered that when ‘Death defying Hydro boys’ was transcribed at the box opening, it was read as ‘Death defying Hydro says’! Sorry for that, it should have been:

‘Death defying Hydro boys’, midges


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The Tiree words, sorted by age groups

Total 143 responses, 876 words

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Under 16 (28)

A place to live
fun houses sunny windy friends
beautiful sea home sky grass fire
fishtastic flat co-op cobbled cow
kitten Kirkapol Gaelic
windy small cobbled cow fun sandy
people live here
Finley Olivia Katie-Sine Molly
My favourite friends are Ruth, Sophie Jemma
Fantastic I play with Jack at the park
The beach Balevullin Beach Sunset
Windy Fun Beachcomber
Loads of beaches
because I was born here and I like the beaches
horses play park auntie Jan’s house
animals mum dad up the stairs
Blue beyond Beaches School Big fields exciting
Katie Jane’s house I love my mummy
Lindsay Innes and archie’s house 1
fantastical fishlabis animals and horses people
‘Death defying Hydro Boys’ midges
Home Always
fun Calin
Sea Lobster Crab Sharks Bob-Bob Christmas
Sand Rocks Ferry Home Family Freedom
Sunrise Sunset friends beaches Jellyfish flowers
Wildlife landscape Coastline peacefulness Laidback Memories
Tiree is kind of fun

word cloud

Age 16-29 (4)

sea, home, childhood, summer, free and sand
Tiree is home, the place with amazing beaches, the escape from the city
Freedom, beach, family, beauty, fresh-air, crashing of waves…
álainn, iomallach, mo dachaigh, sònraichte, gaothach, beag

word cloud

Age 30 – 49 (23)

Landscape, seas, skies, elements, wild, elemental
Cow/sheep/goose dung winds rain barbwire monopoly garage/shop potholes
JUST EXISTING, ISOLATING, NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR WOMEN UNINSPIRING
Home Beaches Community Remote Weather Beautiful
Exceptional wild remote stunning seas home.
Anxiety, self-consciousness, beauty, freshness, friendship, space
Haven Sunsets Community Peace Beauty Seashore
Sparkling seas wild weather close community
Creation pointing to God’s Glory
Home….Friendship…Open space…Hope…God’s spirit…Safety…
TIREE IS GOING BACKWARD NOT FORWARD!
Wide skies tea & cake dancing raffles
Co-op chat good people car wavers great surgery bird life crazy hares
FREEDOM!
Home Sky Community Horizons Windy Busy
Sea greenstones purple mussel shells
NATURAL BEAUTY MAGNIFICENT BEACHES WIND + SUN
Sun, sea, sand, relax, beautiful, family x
The land where your dreams can come true.
Inspiring Energising Safe Peaceful Powerful Closeness to God
Horizon, Sky, Solitude, Wind, Machair
Windy shark blue water park.
relationships beaches beautiful wilderness winter summer

word cloud

Age 50 – 69 (25)

wild sky joy dazzles clouded deeps
machair mosach sliabh shore horizon home
PEACEFUL, BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, EASY LIVING, THE SUNNIEST (BUT NOT ALWAYS THE WARMEST), BREEZY
Wouldn’t swap Tiree for anywhere else
SUNRISE SUNSET STARS SEA SAND SHELLS
TRANQUIL BEACHES FREEDOM PEOPLE WINDY SECURE
COMING TO LIVE ON TIREE WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE
SEA, WEATHER, TRADITIONAL MUSIC, SHELLS, CROFTING
the exhilaration of sharing nature’s excesses
LIGHT COMMUNITY WEATHER SKY RAFFLE
HAPPY WAVES (SEA & CARS)
MAGICAL, HEALING
Community security spindrift home retirement solitary safety
Peace Colours Freedom Horizon Endless skies
sea sky gossip paranoia
blue wind sky open sea wild digital community
community stunning calm tranquil windy peace
Tireless Individuals Reachingout Engaging Everyone
SEA SKIES BEACH SKIES SEA FRIENDS
privacy, exclusivity, inclusivity, solitude, wide horizons, peace
wild-weather big-skies beach-fun
challenging uplifting tests your character awe-inspiring
Where my friends are, where my heart is
sun, air, friendly, safe, views, simple life
I would not move to Tiree

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Age over 70 (9)

My dream country cottage and garden
How did we manage without you?
Solitude, beaches, rocks, marshlands, skies, air, history
There’s no place like Tiree
windy, wild, beautiful, beaches, friendly, folk
Tiree – my final resting place
Tiree changing but for the better?
Huge skies, nature, relationships, sounds, colours
land, sea, sky, freedom, security, peace

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Age unknown (54)

Inspirational Friendly Community Calm Friendly
Orchids Sea Change Tourists Catholic Traditional
The birds, Shells, My house, Friends, Moon, Stars
Incomers Surfers Sad Home Dying Love
Community Beauty Quiet Blue Family Tranquility
Relaxing Wild Beautiful Serene Friendly Safe
Money being wasted Tiree Ranger Van WHAT A JOKE
Too many incomers taking over everything POOR SHOW
Beaches WAVES SEA CO-OP
Community blue boats beaches church wind
TRANQUIL HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY
What scenery but what about catering?
wet small cold smell water cow sheep dank
peace hospitable hedonistic inhospitable stark
Tiree is going backwards not forward
Bad
beautiful beaches, safe environment, Access issues
moonshadows solitary safe remote controlled interference
GOSSIP TWO-FACED BACKSTABBING
Birth Ecstasy Beach Passion Beauty Home
Peaceful Vast Sandy Beaches
Heaven, Shangri-la, Utopia, Olympus, your choice!
best example for the whole world!
Hebridreams, creation, sunlight, involvement, brotherhood, welcome
Big….. Sky Beaches Breeze Insular Community
whistle-blowers depression windswept alone despondence
healing peace sky history community soul
SEA ESCAPISM LIFE DEATH LIFE AGAIN
maliciously spreading rumours
Awesome, Lot of cows and sheep, tons of grass and sea, Lot of hard-working farmers
Machair Sliabh Biodiversity Crofting Corncrakes Migrants
Distant Beautiful Oasis
WIND WATER FRIENDS FAMILY
ONE LIFE: LIVE IT – IN TIREE
TAKEN OVER BY INCOMERS
Miles of sand with no deckchairs
beautiful, windy, lovely beaches
HIGH SKIES
The Most Amazing Rural Place Ever
So much beautiful sky at times
Freedom Peace beautiful
Home Safe Raw Peace Trust Powerful
solitude isolation forlorn soporific bare waste
sheep cow cat dog
wet windy sunny sheep cow beaches
Home family Sun Love Wild Gaidhlig
community waves wild base songs minestrone
Boring, nufin 2 du, weird, ok
wet cold wind water grass Badroads
great, rainy, run,a lot to do, lots of beaches, Amazing
small, Beaches, No trees, funish, small island, cake we need cake
Boring, nufin to do, Awright, nah
Family, pets, home, solitude, boring, no opportunities
Beauty, sky, sea, machair, wind, silence, peace

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We have words!

The boxes are opened and the words  are  on display – we’re very excited that so many people participated, about 140 people – over 800 words. We had a fantastic afternoon. Thanks to everyone who came  along, took part in creating the display or helped in any way. We’ll blog  lots more about  the words and ideas soon, but for now you can get a taste of the excitement on our Twitter  feed.

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