Category Archives: The Silent Eye

Two journeys, one destination (7) – Rosemarkie, The Black Isle ~ Steve Tanham

Our final visit of the Saturday was to Rosemarkie, a beautiful village on the Black Isle, whose seafront looks south across the vastness of the Moray Firth. Rosemarkie was also home to a Pictish Monastery. This is now celebrated by … Continue reading

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Interlude ~ Hidden Avebury?

There was a lot we would have liked to have done and seen as we paid our flying visit to Avebury that day. We could have visited all the places we had planned for our ‘Hidden Avebury’ workshop weekend, postposed … Continue reading

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Two journeys, one destination (6) – a Pictish horizon ~ Steve Tanham

With the wonderful Portmahomack behind us, it was time to meet the three Pictish stones that marked the horizon line of the Tarbat Peninsula. These would originally have been visible from the sea, and boats approaching from the Moray Firth … Continue reading

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Interlude ~ Auld Aquaintance

We were back at Avebury, after a longer absence than we would have chosen. Without the pandemic, there would have been recce trips and a workshop here already this year… and no sense of sadness as I drove past the … Continue reading

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Interlude ~ Horse Whispers

It seems such a long time ago that I wrote about our not being able to leave for the Scottish weekend, right at the last minute. Stuart hopped on a train and came down here instead. While the Pictish weekend … Continue reading

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Bridle Rock…

The Bamburgh Beast * … The Great Stone in the ballad is known as Spindleston Heugh(s), and is a dolerite crag on the Whin Sill (‘Dark Flat’) escarpment in the parish of Easington. * The Spindle Stone is a natural … Continue reading

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Rewriting the Wrinkles

Oh give me a life on the open road! With my dog and a caravan.. Just my books, paint and turps and a canvas.. And skin with a leathery tan. Oh find me a place on a mountain! Where the … Continue reading

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Circles Beyond Time: Seeking the Seer

* The birds told me of your coming. Hawk and Raven follow you; sight and memory, soaring of wings and thought. I see you… tall and grey, small and red. I see the purpose in your step and know where … Continue reading

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Keeping faith?

On Thursday, I will finally see the oncologist to discuss what, if any, steps can be taken to address the rebellious cells currently busy trying to kill me. The appointment is, quite clearly, for me alone. Like so many others … Continue reading

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Going West: A Final Glimpse

We were much later than planned leaving St Davids. All of us had a long way to go before we would be home as we had come together from the far-flung corners of the land. The weather was foul, with … Continue reading

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