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…

I hear there was a secret chord

“that David played and it pleased the Lord” Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah beautifully sung by an eight year old girl Greetings ! The end of the year is fast approaching. All life is clouded by desire and thus the soul is blinded. That is so true and it has been a very challenging year for me,…

Monochrome Madness 4-2- Movement

Visit Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Gallery (May 3)~ My submission is The Windy Wicklow Way In the Wicklow Mountains at Glendalough there is the site of an ancient monastery founded by St. Kevin in the sixth century.  Around 1042 Norsemen used the timber in Glendalough to build the second largest Viking Long Ship (Havhingsten fra Glendalough). _____________________________________________________________ and…

One hundred years ago – The Great War and a sister’s love

Canadiana: Vimy Ridge – April 9-April 12, 1917 The new Dominion of Canada showed their courage and strength during this defining battle of “The Great War.” There were over 10,000 casualties. Lucia Teti’s  family had arrived from Italy in the early years of the 20th Century and in short time established themselves as well- to- do  real…

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…

Xristos Anesti- Happy Easter to all

This little fellow leaves us coloured eggs and jelly beans. You know enough not to eat the black ones he leaves, right? 😀 In pagan times they celebrated the spring equinox and the Northern Goddess Oestre whose symbol was the fertile hare.  The renewal of the earth along with fertility are sacred aspects of life.  Of…

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…

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…

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…

Some Gaelic Canadiana in monochrome & Ed Mooney’s History Challenge

  Ed Mooney, the Ruin Hunter and author of Ed Mooney Photography on WordPress has got me going. He promises a ruin hunter badge.  Well, we don’t have many ruins in Canada but we do have some interesting history such as that of  The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson’s Bay….

Monochrome Madness upon us and Isadora Duncan

Strolling in Paris ( for Sarah Potter of Sarah Potter Writes after our conversation about Isadora) In 2013 My daughter and I  spent a hot afternoon in the cool shade of the tree lined avenues of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.  We found the graves of Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Maria Callas, Edith Piaf and…

The moon of wintertime

For those interested in music and a little history I must tell you about a wonderful Canadian Christmas carol!  I’m posting it in honour of my brother’s beautiful children who have First Nations status from their mother. This haunting hymn is the first North American Christmas carol also called The Huron Carol. It was written by  a young…

The Mystery of Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

(no photography allowed inside) and part of Ed Mooney’s History Challenge Along with the standing stones and stone circles that mark the Gaelic landscape in Scotland, another place of great mystery is Rosslyn Chapel. As anyone who has read “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” or “The DaVinci Code” knows, the chapel supposedly contains many secrets and treasures hidden by…

Waiting for the sun – he’s here!!

Welcoming the sun back to the West Coast I always loved the gardens in Italy ( as well as English gardens of course). Some years ago I spent a few days in Pompeii exploring courtyards of ruined ancient villas.  The Romans really perfected leisure time, – or they invented it!! Ancient Roman gardens were full…