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…

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…

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…

Monochrome Madness 3-17

I’m going to have to take a break from blogging for the next two or three weeks while I move. I will be back of course. I apologize for being a bit behind in keeping up with my fellow bloggers the last while but my world is in chaos at the moment! Oh how I hate packing….

Monochrome Madness (3-12) and other views

The next two months will be busy ones as I at last am moving! I’ll be out further into the suburbs- off a country road, on a hillside! So as I am not posting as frequently I will combine my post again with Leanne’s theme and my own theme of views from different places.  For…

Monochrome Madness 3-3

Coming on the heels of the Siren’s Bones (chapter 3) (thank you dear readers!)-  I’m slowly catching up this week so do visit Leanne Cole and Monochrome Madness– if you want to join in on the madness! from the Isle of Arran to the Orkneys in the north, Scotland is The Land of the Standing Stones (dedicated…

Cee’s Sepia challenge

Thanks Emilio for drawing my attention to this one- Cee’s fun photo challenges. I haven’t participated in any challenges except MM for awhile  and due to other commitments, this blog has slowed down. Pop over and check out Cee’s great blog and all the submissions. Some of my travel photos  translate so well in Sepia tones….

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…

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…

Rush Hour in the Highlands

More from the Isle of Skye, on the inner Hebrides, Inverness shire There is a rhythm of it’s own, unhurried, sheep everywhere, gulls crying and mist coming in from the seas,  the mountains and the glens. Chì mi na mòrbheanna  ( a haunting Gaelic lament) I see the mist covered peaks… I am just now…

Monochrome Madness 2-27

I must apologize.  Somehow WordPress changed my settings or else I did something unwittingly, and all my email notifications were turned off. I wondered why my email box was empty!  I’ve tried to reset them today! So here was my offering to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness theme of country! The Isle of Skye is the…

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….

One Four Challenge week 3 September

Due to some health issues and other commitments  I’m a bit behind in blogging but for my offering to Robyn Gosby’s One Four Challenge ( Last one included a history lesson!) Inspiration is a bit of a struggle this week so – Thankfully Dunvegan Castle is a vision itself and here is another painterly edition on a texture,…

The Fairy Flag of Dunvegan — oh fine Scottish Weather

Dunvegan (Dùn Bheagain)  Castle on the Isle of Skye  is the hereditary home of the Clan MacLeod  (and one part of my family tree).  The clan MacLeod are said to be descendants of a Norseman named Leod or Ljotr and the Isle of Skye is rich in Pictish, Norse and Gaelic tradition.  A sept of…