Scáthach and CùChulainn

Needing a break from the stresses of our modern life that have kept me away from posting for awhile ,  I recently came across a heroic tale mentioned by Alexander Irvine, a photographer from the Hebrides, on Facebook. It was one more remarkable story* from another island close to my Scots and Irish heart- the…

Scandinavian Scotland…..

Viking Roots Around the 9th Century AD, Norse seafarers found their way to Scotland  before continuing further south to what is presently Dublin, Ireland. On the Isle of Skye, names such as Skeabost and Carbost refer to the Viking farms that were once there.  The Skeabost Hotel has great meals and accommodation for travelers. There…

The Ruler of the Sky

awakening Osiris Long after my Dad had traveled to Egypt and after we had the opportunity to visit and view the tomb goods of Tutanhkamun,  The  Mysteries of Egypt (Time of the Pharaohs) has traveled to us and The Royal BC Museum.  It has been unusually hot this summer and  the solar disk shines brightly in keeping…

The Last Witch of Scotland

People often walk by the place where I died. I have no grave, but only a stone to mark the spot where I met my fate. It still stands at the foot of someone’s private garden. There is no name on it, just a date, and I might add, an erroneous one. I did not…

The Forest Primeval

Time flies by and I fear I will always be behind from now on, but, I have a few things for you. This was my submission to Leanne’s Monochrome Madness this week. Our west coast forest floors are laden with the ancient fern while giant fir trees keep the sky from collapsing. Ferns, cycads and tree ferns have…

walking in the footsteps of mother

a rather longer post for me but I think you might find some of it interesting!!! While out walking, like many of us, I tend to ponder and reflect. Below is the path I sent into Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (3-37). I think about all the other dendrophiles who travel or have walked on some of these same…

a brief history of Scone

“..whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone“….  Macbeth ~~~~~~~~~~~~ For Leanne Cole’s  theme of travel this week, I chose the Maze at Scone, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. To me a maze is symbolic of traveling through life with it’s turns and sometimes dead ends, searching for the heart’s meaning, and as the maze is…

Impressions on the veil of time

History Challenge The background of this image is a fresco on the wall of the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii. Some years ago I visited Pompeii and Herculaneum. I remember wincing at the plaster impressions of the final agony of people felled by the suffocating ash as they tried to flee on August…

Monochrome Madness and Motion (The hill of Tara)

Follow me up to Carlow ( a rebel song) “see all the children of the Gael beneath O’Byrnes banner” “The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon… it sounds romantic, but it’s true – the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time” For Leanne Coles’ Monochrome Madness 3-16…

JOI and the King!

(Cosmic Poetry in Motion) We’re going in!! And so I wrote,* back in 2016  regarding the Juno Mission “.. the hand of the unseen conductor waved them onward into the vibrating strings of a solar wind and I cried out, “Yes!  The whole cosmos is a grand opus!  Let those who have ears, hear!…”     I…

A dream of the highlands and monochrome madness

I’m always rushing to catch up these days with everything happening at once, so I will combine two posts in one! “Where danced the moon on Monan’s Rill” It is a breathtaking road along the Great Glen(An Gleann Mòr) from Loch Ness to Loch Linnhe through the misty mountains, meadows and moors. I took this shot at…

Ed Mooney’s History Challenge week 19- Culloden

Ed Mooney’s great history challenges are on Wednesdays of each week. All are welcome to join! For the challenge I am  resurrecting a piece I had written as an added page to a previous post about  Dunvegan Castle on Skye with apologies to anyone who may have already  read it.  The image is the memorial cairn at the famous…

Pére Lachaise- History Challenge

  Ed Mooney’s History Challenge– week 15 -The Famous Graves of Pere Lachaise  ( and history of a more recent century)- Pére Lachaise Cemetery was established in 1804 and was named for the confessor to Louis XIV. It was wonderful to walk it’s quiet shady streets on a hot summer’s day in Paris.  Here, my…

Skara Brae and the Maeshowe Tomb

For Ed Mooney’s great History Challenge on Wednesday- In the winter of 1850 a wild North Sea storm uncovered Neolithic ruins at Skaill Bay on the Orkney Islands of Scotland.  Further excavations and study determined that a small village of  10 homes had been established there circa 3500 BC.  All the homes were the same in size and structure. This little egalitarian…

In the Jaws of Kukulkan

For Ed’s great weekly history challenge I am presenting a subject I have written about before so to those who have already read any of my previous posts about this fascinating civilization please forgive the redundancy In the Jaws of Kukulkan We can only imagine what it must have been like when the first Europeans arrived in Central…