At the Highland Games ScotFestBC

“It’s said the Highland Games originate from Ireland in 2000 BC and that they crossed the water to Scotland with the fourth and fifth century migrations of the Scotti into Dalriada (Argyll) and beyond. The Highland Games is one of Scotland’s oldest and most treasured traditions. It is a celebration of Scottish and CelticContinue reading “At the Highland Games ScotFestBC”

Welcoming April with Rainer Maria Rilke

April is National Poetry Month! Spring, with its renewed energy after a Winter’s rest, awakens our hearts to the words of poetic inspiration. April invites us to celebrate its arrival with a reading of poetry. Poetry is one of the oldest creative endeavors – an art form that has the benefit of diversity. Haiku, sonnet,Continue reading “Welcoming April with Rainer Maria Rilke”

Travelling to Staffa

Welcome to Tobermory! Come with me as I travel back in time to revisit Staffa Island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Staffa is positioned 10 kilometres west of Mull and 9 kilometres northeast of Iona.  The Vikings named the island “Staffa”, which comes from the Old Norse which means stave orContinue reading “Travelling to Staffa”

Going back to the Victorian Era – R Smail & Sons, Printers & Stationers

Robert Smail’s Printing Works is the oldest working commercial letterpress printers in the UK – a living museum of Victorian history.  When you walk through the doors marked Printers R Smail & Sons Stationers, you will be taken back to the late 1800’s where echoes of industrialization reverberated across the country.  Inside the two-story buildingContinue reading “Going back to the Victorian Era – R Smail & Sons, Printers & Stationers”

Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Riding the Bounds

Serendipity comes to surprise at unexpected moments.   May 1, 2015, Don, Thomas and I travelled from Edinburgh, Scotland to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England, a small distance of approximately 55 miles or 88 kilometers by train.  It was a beautiful spring day that offered blue skies with intermittent rain clouds. We were roaming the Scottish Borders, theContinue reading “Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Riding the Bounds”

The Battle of Culloden April 16, 1746

This year marks the 275th anniversary of Culloden. On April 16, 1746, The Battle of Culloden, the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 will be commemorated this year, virtually. Culloden was the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. The forces loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, were defeatedContinue reading “The Battle of Culloden April 16, 1746”