Category Archives: peatbogs

Winter blues and the magic of light

So much happens in midwinter, not just the mayhem of a family Christmas but out there, beyond the walls and windows, down by the shore, in the fields and in the woods. Apart from the preternatural (and for me much … 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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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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Wild storm bounty, sea birds and blooming heather

A short, blast of extreme weather in the Highlands recently brought flooding and a heat wave; and lots of midges. These wildly fluctuating conditions light up the landscape with flashing colour and humming vibrancy, as if the end-of-summer days must … 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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