Boxing Day, known as Là an Dreathain (Day of the Wrens) in Gaelic. Today, walking in the woods, I saw no wrens but other small birds hopped through branches lit by the low, orange tinted, winter sun. I savoured that warmth of colour, somewhat lacking in heat though it was.
The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie Published 1945 by British Publishers Guild (first published 1941) This isn't quite such a romp as the wonderful 'Whisky Galore' but I very much enjoyed the gentle satire in this book. It's surprising/depressing to learn that Scotland's political landscape hasn't changed that much in the 75 years since this book was published.… Continue reading Books read in 2016 – no.18 The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie
An excellent article about the two languages of Scotland - via Bella Caledonia Ootland by Laura Cameron Lewis 16TH DECEMBER 2015 The offending word was circled in red pen: ‘outwith’ The note in the margin read ‘Do you mean, WITHOUT?’. A first class student for the past three years, I sat in my dissertation tutorial… Continue reading The two languages of Scotland – Ootland
I had such a good day today! I woke fairly early but had no reason to get up, so I just lay in bed reading til around 9am. I arose and pottered round the house, in and out of the garden, had a lovely brunch then pottered some more. At some point during the morning I found a Clan… Continue reading A good day
Happy Beltane best beloveds! It's that time again. Traditionally this is the start of summer but in practice I think Spring still has some time to go - in Scotland at least. We've had bluebells, primroses, daffodils and stuff for weeks but the trees are only just starting to bud. I am hearing a lot of birdsong… Continue reading Birds, bonfires and Beltane