Category Archives: Landscape


* …It was, after all, rather disconcerting to be thus accosted by a total stranger… * “Does this count?” he demanded, ferociously, and pushed an admittedly intriguing photograph across the bar at us. “Does that count as what?” * “One … Continue reading

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Keys to Heaven: Design… Stuart France

* … By Fox! That is ‘Mister…’ to you. ‘C.J.’ – Charles James… * Sue saw the Banner Torches, unlit. I heard the drums. We both said in unison, “That’s Fox!” “What’s Fox?” said Gary. “You’ll see.” * Continue reading … Continue reading

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Swords redrawn… #bookextract #fantasy

Some years ago, I published a fantasy novel, set in the magical landscape of Yorkshire. It was initially written to preserve some of the stories and folklore I had learned as a child, wandering the moors with my grandfather. From … Continue reading

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* “The second stone points to Silbury Hill along the line of the midsummer sunrise.” “Can that be accidental?” “It seems unlikely.” * … “Would there be a symbolic significance for that?” “One would expect so.” “Could we offer an … Continue reading

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Losing the past

There was an article about the archaeological explorations taking place along the route of HS2, the planned high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham. It highlighted the amazing number of sites being excavated, spanning the human history of the last … Continue reading

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Berry brown and ancient, Lichen covered stones Watch a frosty moon Colour winter’s clouds. Flowering the night With sacred light; Sanctuary for a wild spirit. My soul rests, Breathing Nature’s harmony A quiet shade In the garden of life.

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Dreaming Stones: Second sight

We had returned to the stones of Callanish for a second attempt at getting the feel of a place of which we had a little knowledge but no real understanding.  Facts are not enough, you have to walk the land … Continue reading

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Dreaming Stones: Give us a break…

The single-track road was narrow and every few miles we would have to pull over into a passing space to let another vehicle through. And that was as busy as it got. To the left was the coast, with constant … Continue reading

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Dreaming Stones: Incipient weirdness…

It was later than anticipated when we left the rest of our Companions on the Sunday afternoon at the end of the workshop. We hadn’t eaten, needed a garage for the damnable deflating tyre and we were a long, long … Continue reading

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Hunting the Unicorn: Into the Highlands…

We had pumped up the still-deflating tyre once again before leaving Kinross. In spite of all assurances by the mechanic, there was obviously some kind of problem and the winding roads of the Highlands are unforgiving. It was to be … Continue reading

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