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…

Beira

Seasons have unpredictable natures, and struggle to retain influence over earth days.  Winter has lost most of its control over Vancouver, but has sent a covering of snow in parts of Eastern Canada. Transitions are never smooth, and seasonal weather patterns, which can take on a tug-of-war appearance, seem to adopt human characteristics.  Is it…

Blàr Chùil Lodair

‘Will ye no come back again’  Scottish lament after Charles Edward Stuart returned to France following the failure of the 1745 uprising. Blàr Chùil Lodair, The Battle of Culloden was the final skirmish of the 1745 Jacobite Rising under the command of Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.  It was the House…

Travel Weaves a Tapestry

Our world is open to all, but it relies on our eyes and ears to accept and cherish the stories that come to us through our journeys.  Travelling is weaving a tapestry of fresh colours, ideas and dreams. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die,…

Where God Lives…

“God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity…