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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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Limestone homecoming and olive trees

For a few years I took groups of university students to Mallorca. It was both a privilege and a pleasure; hard work but great fun. Through fieldwork we investigated the island’s mountain and coastal landscapes and tried to piece together … 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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A poem for a summer storm in the mountains

  Summer Storm on Stac Pollaidh Languishing in perfumed August heat Stac Pollaidh stands crowned in red A stone serpent draped across his flanks Interlocking scales curl steeply upwards Reptilian ladder protection against a tide of booted feet Under tussocks … Continue reading

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A wild, light and dark, magical mid-winter turning of the world

The world is turning, there is a palpable sense of shifting and change. It is the winter solstice and after today, the hours of sunlight will begin to slowly, steadily increase. But the last few days leading up to the … Continue reading

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Bright light, white light and pre-Solstice glowing

June: summer Solstice is almost upon us and all the land is glowing. Warmth and light, at last, have bathed us all in magic, and while cool winds still catch the unwary, in sheltered places the joyous, delicious scent of … Continue reading

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