Tag Archives: summer

Talks-walking, eye-blindings and wild spraintings

July is a month of flickering, in and out, up and down. Heat and searing light give way to cooler silvery days filled with midges and mists, the latter gently spreading diamonds on leaves and flowers, in and out, up … 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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Holidays, remote beaches and an unusual summer storm

Summer (school) holidays are in full swing and it’s been raining. Of course it has; just when you want some dry warmth so children can run about and enjoy the freedom of hill and beach on their Highland holidays torrential … Continue reading

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Midsummer: inner sounds and outer colours

Since the summer solstice sunshine and showers have been passing quickly across the croft, hills and sea. The bright warmth of recent weeks still clings to the North West Highlands and the air is filled with countless trillions of tiny … Continue reading

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Otter Kingdom

June is upon us, and the radio has reminded me that summer is ‘officially’ here. We divide the year up into practical, bite-sized wedges yet in this wild country life is governed by weather and light in a topsy-turvy maelstrom … Continue reading

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Washing and drying along the river bank

As it trickled through the recent days of heat our ‘Red River’ reddened, becoming shallower, its music softer. The Abhain Dearg took on the colour of old blood and its stones and pebbles shone in rust and bronze. Some of the … Continue reading

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Spring-Summer-heat

Heat. Real heat. Not the usual Highland snatch of sunny warmth and hazy dampness where we still need to seek a secluded spot to shelter from a cool sea breeze, but authentic summer-hot, dust-dry heat. It arrived almost instantaneously, within … Continue reading

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