About

I’m Seonaid, and it’s lovely to see you here on my home page. I live in Scotland near Edinburgh, and you will see lots of photographs from across Scotland on this site. I like to link my photos with my thoughts, my love of nature, creativity and history, and with the practise of mindfulness,  hoping  that we might both enjoy the results. I have been teaching and practising mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years now, because it keeps me sane. I’m a psychotherapist and I work 3 days a week in a Maggie’s Cancer Centre, helping people manage the transitions and changes which happen when a cancer diagnosis comes along. The rest of the time I can be found in my garden or out walking with my hairy tribe of dogs….usually with a camera in tow. I love poetry, photography, myths and fairytales, all as ways of understanding myself and the world a little better.

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141 Responses to About

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    Beautiful photos and words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. cynthiamc1 says:

    Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for being one of my top 5 commenters on Escape From Chaos. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you, your dogs, and your lighthouse (still hoping you can restore it). Thank you again!

    • Cynthia, I’m wishing you and yours a very happy new year all the way from Scotland:-)
      Delighted to have found you in the blogosphere this year, and I will be very happy to follow you and your adventures next year.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog… you have created a wonderful blog full of mindfulness… just like mandela… Maybe we can enjoy each others journey further… creating unity and a peaceful way of living together…. Barbara

    • Thanks Barbara, and I’m certain we will enjoy each others journeys as we continue blogging ๐Ÿ™‚
      Your blog looks great too, I love that your articles have depth, and provoke thinking!

  4. Salam says:

    Thank you for stopping by and thank you for the like.

  5. momasteblog says:

    I only just now read your About page, and I didn’t realize that you were also a psychotherapist. No wonder I find you to be such a kindred spirit!

    • It’s the training, it does something to our brains by taking us so deep into ourselves….like it leaves a trace which we can spot in others! Well that’s my theory anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Seonaid – this is awfully late…but I managed to post my entrance – nominating you!
    http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/my-world-in-five-colours-2013/

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  8. Shawnnn says:

    The photos are so lovely. It feels as if it’s from a third-person perspective yet so intimate. Like a bystander looking on from a different perspective

  9. joshiphotoeye says:

    hiiii…I really enjoyed your blog..amazing natural views you captured…m inpressed…it gives a new way to me to expand my experience…coz i started photography recently..:)
    hav a good day

  10. I really like your pictures and I am looking forward for some new :))

  11. I’ve just discovered your lovely blog. You may be interested in my moonramblings blog. I am inspired to write and take photos of nature as I walk in the countryside with my two border collies.

  12. janna hill says:

    It’s nice to meet you.

  13. My Tropical Home says:

    Hi Seonaid, that’s such a lovely name. Thanks for visiting my blog. I adore your photographs. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Hello Seonaid, thank you for bringing such beautiful inspiration to the blogosphere. Your photos really speak to peace, calm, sincerity & beauty. Thank you also for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comments on ISLAND VIGNETTES. Looking forward to having you visit often!

  15. Opalla says:

    I have sent you an award. Hope you’ll accept. Please check out:
    http://opallaontrails.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/a-few-more-awards-have-arrived/

    • That’s so kind of you, and I appreciate it so much that you thought of me with these awards. I promise to try to get round to doing what needs doing very soon. Thank you again for continuing to follow, read and appreciate my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. masqua says:

    An amazing blog and one I hope to fully drink my fill of. Thank you.

  17. Just popped over to your blog having stopped by “beauty along the road” as it seemed like my kinda blog. And then I saw your photos of 25th June and thought that must be the Cuillins and taken somewhere near Applecross. What a fabulous part of the world, stunning. Reading your about page I feel compelled to follow, before even looking at the rest of the site. Have a good day. MM ๐ŸŒ„

    • What a lovely comment ๐Ÿ™‚ very happy to have you along.
      I love it when I see someone else’s photos of somewhere I know well, and I agree completely that this is a stunning area….can’t get enough of it, but the my Mum’s from Plockton….very close to Applecross…..hope to hear more from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. The Rider says:

    I think I will love to keep on reading your blog! I love Scotland, and have been there three times in my life. Lost a sister to cancer when in high school, my mother was a nursing sister, involved with the South African Cancer Association when she retired… It takes a special kind of person doing cancer counselling! It is so good to see the joy of life in your photos!

  19. hakesplace says:

    Beautiful and soulful pictures! What a magnificent landscape. Scotland has always held a place in my heart. Although I am not from there nor have I ever visited, I feel as I am from there. Your blog will be my connection and am looking forward to daily virtual visit. Truly wonderful blog!

    • What a beautiful comment, it sounds as though your soul is Scottish and it resonates with something deep within these photos. So glad to have you joining us ๐Ÿ™‚

      • hakesplace says:

        I think the same thing. I must have done something horrible in my past life to end up where I am. I’m ready to return–been paying my dues and them some–learned my lesson. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m very happy to have joined you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Just to say, ive nominated you for the shine on award; im not sure if u do awards, but I really wanted to nominate you. Your blog inspires me so much! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Check out the nomination link: http://presentorigin.wordpress.com/
    Kirsty X

    • Kirsty that’s so kind, thank you. I will try to find some time to do what needs doing to accept, but in the meantime thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ its always great to hear that someone enjoys what I write and photograph.

  21. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you Seonaid, your pictures are fantastic and you are a great photographer

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  22. Judson says:

    Wonderful photos! You have an excellent eye!! I am trying hard to engage myself in conscious mindfulness in order to combat anxiety about the future. When I am focused it works. When I allow myself to drift it doesn’t. A matter of self discipline, I suppose. Working on it daily …

  23. momasteblog says:

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. To accept simply go to this link http://momasteblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/versatile-blogger-the-big-five-oh/
    I LOVE your blog.

  24. Momma E. says:

    Hi Seonaid, I have always wanted to visit Scotland and bring my camera!. Thank you for your kind words about my contribution to the WordPress weekly writing challenge, I’m relatively new to blogging, but find myself loving it so much. I’m not posting as much as I used to but I am enjoying writing – even if I only get a few views a day. I’m glad my piece moved you, and look forward to reading more from you (I’m following) Thanks, Donna

  25. Tom Culver says:

    Thanks Seonaid for your kind words. I’m watching you too…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. eric0704 says:

    great pics! looking forward to seeing more of your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Tom Culver says:

    Hi Seonaid. I love your blog and photos. Thanks for sharing. I live in the Northwest North Carolina USA highlands and descend from the Bairds, Cunninghams and MacGregors, plus a few more Scottish ancestors. Someday soon I hope to visit Scotland. Looks a lot like home. I’m sure that’s why so many Scots immigrated into the Northwest North Carolina mountains over 200 years ago.

    • Hi Tom, glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’ve never visited Carolina, but if it looks like Scotland then I love it already. I’m sure you’re right about Scots choosing to settle in a place which felt like home. So many were forcibly cleared from their lands and shipped thousands of miles away, that it must have been a comfort to feel the landscape was familiar.

  28. To Know Beauty says:

    Dear Seonaid, this is a propos to nothing in your blog, except that I have been dying to ask you for quite awhile now… So hope this is ok. I see that you are a psychotherapist so I am wondering if you have an idea of what is happening in the field in Scotland… I had a dream of moving to Europe (which is not anywhere near reality now, but maybe one day). My degree is in psychotherapy, but it is a Master’s degree, not a PhD. In the past here in the States only PhDs and doctors were allowed to practice psychotherapy, but that has changed awhile ago, and now, as the need is growing, people with Masters degrees (called counselors), which is what I am, are allowed to practice in government and private mental health and substance abuse agencies and in private practice. I met a lady from UK a few years ago who said that this practice is catching on in UK. And I was wondering if you might have witnessed this in your field. With love, To Know Beauty.

    • Here in Scotland you can either register with COSCA, which is the Scottish Association, or with BACP, which is the British Association. Your training needs to be one which is validated by them, and then you need so many ongoing hours of practice and supervision.
      I’m sure your training would be recognised, but you could get in touch to find out.
      I hold a Post Grad Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and so can use both titles. If you want to discuss this more drop me an email …..seonaid@infernalmachines.co.uk

      • To Know Beauty says:

        Oh, thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. I am very grateful. I saved your email address in my address book. I am very interested in looking into this in the future. I just received my degree, and will be working to get my hours and supervision, as well as need to deal with some personal issues first. Thanks and lots of love.

  29. BG says:

    I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I really appreciate all of the work you have done on your blog. Keep going! For all the rules check the link โ€“ http://putlifeinalens.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/very-inspiring-blogger/

  30. lovelycollegegirl says:

    http://lovelycollegegirl.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/the-one-lovely-blog-award/

    I nominated you for an award! Hope you are having a good 2012! I love looking at your photos!!

    • Thanks, glad you like the photos, it’s so nice that people enjoy looking as much as I enjoy sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ also thanks for the award, I’m so so behind on awards and all that needs done…one day very soon ๐Ÿ™‚ But in the meantime thanks for the compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Paula says:

    A beautiful blog, Seonaid ๐Ÿ™‚

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  33. I truly enjoy your blog & your stunning photography which is why I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award http://wp.me/p1oytH-NR

    Keep up the great work!

    K ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s so kind of you…it’s always lovely to hear when someone likes what I’m posting ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m very behind on awards, and all that needs doing for them, but will sit down and do what ends doing very soon. I really enjoy your blog too, and congratulations on your awards.

      • You’re so welcome!

        Im quite behind my nominations as well but the best feeling as a blogger is to know that people actually appreciate what you write and the photos you post.

        You never know what opportunities may knock at the door and I have nothing but gratitude towards my readers.

        Take all the time you need & hope to read it one day.

        All the best,

        Karla ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Thats so true, just knowing someone appreciates a post, makes blogging worthwhile, and like you I’m grateful and a bit amazed by my readers ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. psychodoodle says:

    Hello! For some reason Scotland is the one country I’ve always longed to visit one day, and you’re probably the closest I’ve come to it thus far ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful photography; you seem to see what others might just glance past. Will drop by again..

  35. What a beautiful website. Thank you so much for sharing something of yourself and your talent with us all x

  36. Love your blog…your photos are outstanding and your writing! ~Sherry~

  37. Well, well – what happens when I click too fast…Please don’t be “weak” this week – have a great week instead!

  38. Well, this is a bit awkward, because I’m not the playing sort, at least not when it comes to awards. But, I do want to give you a star in the Blog of The Year Award, because I think you are really worthy of it. .http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/i-found-some-extra-time-and-guess-what-im-using-it-for/

    I have been awarded some … but never rised to the occation, so to speak. It takes too much time. This one, however, hasn’t got many hopeless tasks connected to it, so…At least I want to show my gratitude and thankfulness that I have found you and your blog in this sphere. Keep up the good work!

    • That’s so kind of you. I’m always very humbled when I someone likes my blog enough to give it an award ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very, and I mean very, behind on doing what needs to be done for awards, but promise to try and get round to it soon. I think it’s a lovely way of finding new blogs and helping people get a little more exposure

      • I do agree on that…but I’m a hopeless case there… Time – that’s what I’m short of – too.

        I saw one blogger who decided to host posts from other bloggers who got the opportunity to present themselves. That’s also a rather good idea according to me. You will not be short of time and you would still be able to help getting more exposure.

        Anyhow – have a great weak and all my love to your pretty dogs too!

  39. I am glad I discovered breathofgreenair and wanted to express my gratitude by nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! “Rules” if you would like to formally accept can be found in this post, http://travelgardeneat.com/2013/02/16/taking-a-moment-to-say-thank-you/, but please feel no obligation — just know your blog helps make the blogosphere a richer place! Cheers! ~ Kat

  40. Gaye Abbott says:

    I am so GRATEFUL that a global connection is available to connect with our “tribe” of like minded and hearted others!! Scotland! How wonderful to have you like my most recent post on Breathing Spaces, Just Breathe. Your photos are not only captivating but also inspire one to look beyond the narrow confines of the boxes we sometimes live in. Thank you! I hope to visit a dear friend in the UK this year though he may be in his house in Ireland when I come. Will be my first time to that area though I have deep family roots in England, Ireland and Scotland. Keep bringing your beautiful and insightful gifts to the world!

    • Thank you for a very encouraging comment, I’m always so happy when someone likes what I post. It is always amazing to me all the wonderful like minded people I find through blogging. I hope your trip to the UK is wonderful….where will you be visiting?

  41. Opalla says:

    Thanks for liking my post on walking. You have a beautiful blog and I am following it. Just love the Mindfulness and History Pages. Come by mine again!

    • I’m glad you like the Mindfulness and history pages, they are two of my favorite passions…..but they get less readers and comments than the pure photos, so its great to hear they are appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ Have just read your latest hiking post…love it….you describe and reflect your journey so beautifully.

  42. Linda says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I enjoy your reflective style of writing, and beautiful photography.You can see the nomination and more information about the award on my blog at http://mayandseptember.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/my-first-awards/. I hope it will encourage others to enjoy your blog. Please donโ€™t feel obligated to do the full acceptance unless its something you would enjoy.

    Linda

    • Thank you very much Linda…it’s always lovely to hear that someone enjoys what I post ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a wee back log of awards and will try to get round to doing something about them soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Jenn says:

    your delightful blog has been nominate for an award ๐Ÿ™‚ brightest blessings always ๐Ÿ™‚
    http://the-serenity-space.com/2012/12/26/thankfulness/

  44. riah_e says:

    Hi greenmackenzie!
    I find your site many interesting stories and wonderful photos. I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. I hope this will be a wonderful news for you. To see more about the award and this nomination, please visit my post at
    http://smartntrendymom.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/liebster-blog-award-the-first-award-for-my-blog/
    Congratulations and all the best to you!

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  46. Helloโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award because your blog is very inspiring for me and I love the way you express you, your thoughts and sights. If you are interested please check here http://mannalexandra.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/682/

  47. Your blog looks fantastic! Thank you for stopping by mine! I love Scotland, but have had bad luck with the weather…The only fine day I had was on Isle of Skye watching the dogs working – but that was worth the whole trip. I will return some day…

    • I’m so sorry about your weather luck in Scotland….it’s one of the things I love, and one of the things that drives me nuts about living here….no two days are ever the same…and people wonder why we are so obsessed with weather forecasts over here!! Really appreciate the encouraging feedback – and hope to see you back in Scotland some sunny day soon:-)

  48. icelandpenny says:

    Hi — Thank you not only for the honour of the So Sweet Blog Award, but for your own very thoughtful remarks on the subject. You’ll see in my current (1 Oct) post that my response has been greatly influenced by yours.

    • Hi, you are so welcome. I’m surprised and delighted that my thoughts and comments have had such a nice influence:-) I think that perhaps ignorance is bliss sometimes….and my newbie status meant I hadn’t really grasped the complexities of accepting blog awards:-) I’ve learned lots…might even blog about it ๐Ÿ™‚ love what you have written.

  49. Congratulations!

    You have just received the So Sweet Blogger Award for being so AWESOME!
    Please check out my blog for details, post the award on your sidebar and spread the love to some of your favorite bloggers!

    http://foodandotherstuff.com/2012/09/27/how-sweet-it-is-so-sweet-blog-award/

  50. friendlytm says:

    I don’t believe all the similarities between our blogs. Here’s my other blog. Look at the header!

    http://healthylivingsf.wordpress.com/

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