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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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Listening to the stones

It is an old friend, the stone. A friend to whom I infrequently pay my respects. This year, sand martins are flitting, wheeling and turning overhead as I make my short respectful pilgrimage. Admiring the acrobatics of the birds above, … Continue reading

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Buzzards and rock art: The Binn part 2

See A village in hiding: The Binn part 1 for the beginning of this Adventure. A buzzard soars slowly above me, calling. It wheels, turns and returns again and again, calling all the while. Another bird, lower down among the … 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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A street with a view: the Caiy Stane

It is a sunny September afternoon and I am on a bus travelling through Edinburgh, on my way to view an archaeological monument in the south of the city. Not for the first time, I question the wisdom of my … Continue reading

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The mound

I climb the stairs out of the train station, make my way along the bridge high above the train tracks, out onto the Main Street and turn east. Passing familiar landmarks – the bank, the little jeweller’s shop, the church … Continue reading

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The Cave

The cave is in a small cliff on the hillside. A dark hole in the grey basalt cliff, it is intriguing and curious, otherworldly even, inviting us to investigate. Climbing the short hillslope, we approach from below, following the path … Continue reading

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Ancient monument this way: an encounter with Doon Hill

The arrow on the road sign pointed in the direction of the ‘ancient monument’. I was almost there. Turning right I stopped in the gateway and inspected the track along which the road sign directed me. Deciding it was too … Continue reading

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Glimpsing the past in the trees

In December last year I, along with a group of family and friends, went for a walk in Pollok Park in Glasgow. Walking in the woodland gardens above Pollok House, we came across the Pollok beech. Oddly shaped, old and … Continue reading

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Starlight

Stars. I don’t usually notice them. A city dweller all my life, the night sky just isn’t something I usually consider. But one evening recently I looked upwards and there they were. Not many. Just a few twinkling lights visible … Continue reading

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