In Search of Jimmy Pérez

I have never read a book by Ann Cleeves, but that will change in the year 2021. Even so, I feel that I know her through Shetland, the TV adaptation of her books Red Bones, Raven Black, Dead Water, and Blue Lightning. “Red Bones,” the first episode of the series Shetland, which stars Douglas Henshall…

Sunday Evening Reflection: Our Lady of the Isles

Thig crìoch air an t-saoghal, ach mairidh gaol is ceòl. The world will end, but love and music will endure. Gaelic Proverb The Outer Hebrides, also known as The Western Isles, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.  These islands are separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides…

Sunday Evening Reflection: The Road to Abbotsford

Abbotsford is a historic country house in the Scottish Borders, near Galashiels, on the south bank of the River Tweed. It was once the home of Sir Walter Scott, poet, historian and biographer. Abbotsford came under the care of The Abbotsford Trust in 2007 – a charitable trust created following the death of Dame Jean…

Sunday Evening Reflection – Rosslyn Chapel

“The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits. The blade and chalice guarding o’er Her gates. Adorned in masters’ loving art, She lies. She rests at last beneath the starry skies.”Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code The idea of a sacred place or space has been with us since ancient days, a reminder that we are…

Sunday Evening Reflection – The Italian Chapel

The idea of sacred spaces has been with us since ancient days.  Throughout the centuries, we have built temples to reach the heavens, made pilgrimages to seek knowledge, lived in the forests to connect with the earth.     Even now, we create personal areas for meditation and reflection, a way to reaffirm our thoughts and…

Sunday Evening Reflection – The Way Things Were

Orkney, with its well documented Neolithic and Viking heritage attracts visitors from around the globe. We are enticed by the narrative of our ancient past that is shrouded in the mist of long ago. We come to find the stories, to feel the kinship of humanity, to marvel at how we have prevailed over the…