This is Malcolm, in Scotland, also known as Five Senses, see my website for a taste of what I do … though it is only a sample. Also see the Testimonials here.

We have to play, to enjoy life, to survive a looming environmental disaster – but how? Not by consuming resources and chasing false promises (advertising) but by focusing upon what makes humans truely happy, healthy, with well-being and safety, not fear. This blog is about how we are doing it, how you could too, if it is right for you. Thank you.


In the near future my wife, Rachel, and I will be starting a social enterprise called Touchwood Project – more on that as time allows – but it will be revolutionary, ground breaking and fantastic, teaching skills, providing great accommodation, educational holiday experiences, life skills, community development, delicious food, evenings sat around the fire chatting, …. etc.

Malcolm making nettle rope

The website: where I run tours of Scotland, teach survival skills, show how to make fire with just bits of wood (and a few plants)http://www.allfivesenses.com and Rachel is at http://www.dogood-design.com

We live in Orkney, in the north of Scotland. I am British, Rachel is American. We have two very sweet cats, Nutmeg and Caper.

We believe in happiness, truth, peace and community but will kick ass when called for. )

Skara Brae Neolithic Village House 1

That is my mum, at the Stone Age village, here in Orkney – 5,000 years of history and living with nature – and a lady who taught me much about life. Thanks mum. I know you are not well but remember, I love you.

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  2. Dear Sir,

    I would like to ask you permission to use for an artistic purpose, your
    photograph of the red phone boot in the country. Please let me know
    if this is ok for you.

    I am a Portuguese photographer.

    My best regards,

    Manuel Cochofel

  3. thanks for the link to my site. I’ve just started doing mine again after a long break.

  4. Hey Malcolm, Have been looking at your site and webblog, you are right up my alley, i am in Zimbabwe trying!!! to set up what you are talking about in the touchwood project, I am a professional Guide and have access to Large National Parks, would like to talk to you on some ideas i have?

  5. Hi Malcolm, Zimbabwe has some top National Parks, large areas for walking and camping, i am qualified to conduct theses type of safaris and am putting a survival type safari over 75kms in the middle of nowhere i have to be armed as there are Lions, Buffalo, Hippo, Elephant and a whole host of other Animals, snakes etc, this will be over 5-7 days slightly backed up to provide food and beverage in the simple camps but the whole trip will be based on surviving in an area like this, send me your email and i can give more options in different areas, even in other countries in Africa i can then create a bigger piture for you. hope this helps and it is on the same line of what you want to do?

  6. Hello Malcolm,
    I’ve only just stumbled onto your web presence through starting to investigate Orkney. I am a descendent of Isabella Tait, b. 1840, daughter of Thomas Tait and Isabell Pottinger, in Deerness. I believe the family lived on Holland farm in the 1840s-1890s, possibly longer. I don’t know if this is the disused Holland farm that is linked to the museum? I notice there are some Holland farms still operating on Orkney. The Holland Farm the Taits lived on was at Deerness.

    I’ve always been drawn to this strand of my family history, being someone who likes solitary places not too far from the sea that return me to myself. Orkney just seems beautiful.

    I love the sound of what you’re doing there, and wish you all the best with your projects. I was chuffed to find a photo of disused Holland farm. I’d love to see more photos of Deerness and the farm if you have any now or in the future.

    Nicky G
    Adelaide, Australia

  7. I am sure I saw some beautiful paintings of Harris or Lewis done by Rachel, I did click on the link to her but nothing was showing. I just wondered if she would like to show her work at our wee gallery space at the Elgin museum next year.

  8. good stuff. I like the Scottish countryside v much and I found a pic of the Wade bridge at the Sma Glen, we have been there often and I would like to use your pic on my personal blog. I have just put it in at the top of the home page for a while, please let me know if that is OK and how you would like it attributed – name and blog etc cheers Sally

  9. thanks Malcolm its in.

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