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Winter sun

It is the end of the year. The sun is low in the sky, glimpsed through the bare branches of the trees as I move through the wood. On this short day, the sun has not risen far above the … Continue reading

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The rocky shore

A rocky shore, under Blue skies of a summer’s day. Bird song and seal sneezes, A sweet scent in the air. It is a warm summer’s day and I am standing on a familiar rocky shore. The air is quiet, … Continue reading

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The healing place

It is somewhere people used to come for healing. I pass by while on my own restorative, health-giving pursuit. A slight haze hangs in the air, giving the place a mysterious quality. I think it beautiful and appropriate. Later I … Continue reading

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Inscribed

It is a warm autumn day. The sun is shining and I am warm in my thick winter coat. I stand on the damp sand of a Dumfriesshire beach. Close by my 9-year-old niece is crouched, stick in hand, drawing … Continue reading

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In praise of cropmarks

Cropmarks have been making the news recently (see for example https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wales-wide-drought-reveals-further-lost-archaeological-monuments/, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-44812713 and https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/science/newgrange-henge-ireland-drone-nyt.html ). The recent spell of hot weather has revealed a wide range of archaeological sites as cropmarks and archaeologists are getting very excited about them. As … Continue reading

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Perspective

Perspective. Sometimes we all need a change of perspective. Recently a friend and I climbed Dumgoyne, a volcanic plug marking the beginning of the Campsies, the hills to the north of Glasgow.  Standing alone and distinct, separated from the rest … Continue reading

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Living with the past

‘… history made solid in the landscape.’ Malachy Tallack 60 Degrees North We are living with the past. Each and every one of us. Our houses, our streets, our countryside have been created, shaped and formed in and by the … Continue reading

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