Category Archives: myth

A yellow, song-filled May Day

The sunset sky of May Day Eve was a riot of unflinching, billowing gold and crimson. It promised heat and flames but when the night came it was cool and solid like grey marble. May 1st 04.30: sunrise is an … Continue reading

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Spring surf, seals and a selkie

The last of the unusually calm weather has passed. Normal service has been resumed with strong westerlies forging ahead of cloud banks smeared across the Outer Hebrides. Spring has retreated to the low hill behind me and dithers in patches … Continue reading

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The fantastic beasts (of Trotternish) and where to find them

Buffeting breezes and grey rains have returned yet the signs of spring are manifold. There are snowdrops gasping in wide open surprise at the lack of snow and ice, crocuses vibrating in purple and orange and daffodil spears bursting through turf … Continue reading

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Gille Brìghde and a day of light

Yesterday, early, before the real time of rising, brightness crept in around my bedroom curtains. Not the silver-grey of moonlight or hints of auroral green but a sharper, clearer shaft of pearl and turquoise. This was the first time my … Continue reading

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Ghost paths

Some of the fencing on our croft needs attention. It really ought to be replaced but for now a repair job will do. In autumn’s late afternoon sun the strands of wire are shining in silver and bright orange. There … Continue reading

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Silver tears and the balm and mystery of bogs

Our run of summery weather came to an end over a week ago, the bright blues and warm sunshine hassled and bullied into submission by bands of misty rain and pearl-grey clouds. For the first time in many weeks I … Continue reading

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