Snow? What snow?… 1497 miles of heaven…

scotland trip jan 15 011I didn’t see the dawn this morning, though I was woken with coffee at half past five as Monday morning heralded the return to the necessity of normality. The hills were still no more than dark shapes against the skyline as I left them behind; the stars even here as I drove through the Derbyshire Dales, seemed pale and washed out by the amber glow of conurbation-land that nestles in the foothills, waiting, it seems, to swallow life and joy.

scotland trip jan 15 107We have grown used to an inky blackness strewn with a billion diamonds as we have wandered the wilds of the north. We have gazed in wonder on the sparkling vault of the heavens, picking out the constellations seldom seen through the urban haze and watched the dizzying, multi-coloured dance of the planets against the Milky Way.

We have watched the dawn rise over the sea and seen the sun gild a pathway across the waters to a holy island as it sank beneath the mountains. Snow-covered mountains have blushed rose-gold in the sunset and the hawks have followed our journey.

scotland trip jan 15 726Stories in ancient stone and carved figures have been our teachers as we have explored the history of our landscape and the roads have been both playground and pilgrim route as we have revelled in the beauty and peace of this land.

We have climbed cliffs and towers, watched the waves break on the sand, walked between the imposing columns of Norman cathedrals and explored tiny churches and ruined abbeys… and a number of inns, of course. We have talked, laughed, wondered… and talked some more.

scotland trip jan 15 478We took the time on trust, going where we were led, no itinerary to follow, no rooms booked… reaching one friend and almost, but not quite, reaching another at our furthest hoped-for goal on the northeastern coast of Scotland.

The car played up… but not disastrously… the phone was almost permanently dead, internet sparse… as if technology itself conspired to slow the pace and ensure a real break from everyday pressures.

The weather…? Scotland in January? They said we were mad… To be fair, the snow prevented us from taking some of the roads we would have liked to take and curtailed our northward progress. The forecasts had been varying between dodgy and dire…Snow, rain, hail and ice were all on the cards. Yet the sun has followed us almost all the way… with just enough snow for beauty.

scotland trip jan 15 199We also finished a new book… which was a lovely note on which to end the journey.

Ten days, almost four thousand photographs and nearly fifteen hundred miles later… and I’m back, a couple of hundred miles away from where I woke. The house is freezing, the electric went off and the fridge has defrosted all over the kitchen floor. The inboxes are stuffed to overflowing; answering everything is going to take some time! Ani has yet to be collected, the bags are yet to be unpacked and I have to be at work very soon. The second coffee of the day, however, comes first.

I do have so much to share, though, over the next week or so…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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18 Responses to Snow? What snow?… 1497 miles of heaven…

  1. Blimey, what a journey! But incredible photographs to remember it by 🙂

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    So glad you are back safe and sound, bringing with you wonderful memories, experiences and last, but not least, photos to share with us all!

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  3. roweeee says:

    Sue, I loved your beautiful description of the stars. It was so wander-filled. I had a similar moment today listening to what sounded like an orchestra of raindrops falling on a variety of different leaves and objects in the garden while mist had rolled in over the water and I felt lost in the midst of some kind of fairy story. In a sense, I have after being off the clock for the summer holidays and all that heat and watching the ocean really is, to take a word from Beatrix Potter, soporific.

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  4. Ali Isaac says:

    Omg that does sound wonderful and idyllic! Such stunning images Sue! I know what you mean about the stars… until I moved to this house ( out in the country) I realised that I’d never truly ‘seen’ the stars, I mean really seen them! A clear night never fails to fill me with wonder, and the moon is so hypnotic…

    Cant wait to hear more about your northern adventure!

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  5. iosatel says:

    The sky in the third picture are just beautiful!

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  6. Sue Vincent says:

    It was an incredible sunset…

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  7. Pete Hulme says:

    Welcome back, Sue. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Looks like a marvelous journey – can’t wait to read about it!

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  9. Sounds like a most successful and memorable trip. 🙂

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  10. Phoenix Rainez says:

    Amazing adventure. Loved reading this post ♥

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