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White Deer Blessing

We walked up through the Glen, sheltered by the tall elegant figures of Scots Pines. The air was still and hushed with winters cold breath, yet filled with the clear scent of the trees and their pink light. Heading towards … Continue reading

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Windows between Worlds

This ancient window is the oculus in the roof of the Pantheon in Rome, and it allows air filled with light to fall into the otherwise dark interior of the temple. It gives the gods an eye to look down … Continue reading

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Edinburgh’s Christmas Market

I was struggling to find my Christmas spirit, so we headed into the heart of Edinburgh to see how the place had been decorated this year. I hoped that the bright lights and smiling faces would jump start my festive … Continue reading

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Symbols in Edinburgh

Wandering around Edinburgh, you will come across a lot of ancient symbols. They are carved into the stone of the old buildings, but are often overlooked, their meaning lost in the passage of time. Noticing and understanding the meaning of … Continue reading

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Grand Divide

Running across Northumberland and Cumbria in Northern England, lies a very old dividing wall. Built nearly 2,000 years ago, about 50 years after the birth of Christ, this great stone barrier marked the northern edge of the Roman Empire. It … Continue reading

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Ghost Light

The light poured out of the lamps, spilling into the fog of night Mingling with the swirling ghosts of the Abbey Illuminating the path of the Grey Lady. Centuries after burning in her fathers anger The lamplight guided her on … Continue reading

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Venice Night Lights

Night falls over the watery canals of Venice, and the reflections become luminous lines and wriggles. Street lights throw luminous pools across pavements and water, and upwards onto ancient brickwork and windows. A classic wooden speed boat lies gleaming in … Continue reading

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Unexpected Vision

A pair of otherworldly dancers drifted into our vision, swirling like visiting ghosts between the empty chairs of St Marks Square. An unexpected vision of impossible romance, bathed in Venice moonlight. Echoes trailed from her skirts of countless dancers from … Continue reading

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End of Days

The sun set behind Linlithgow Palace It’s dying rays pleading across the freezing earth A vain attempt to hold the dark at bay. Its warming powers gone, Light its only weapon, Defeat was certain, but shed no tears, For the … Continue reading

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Swans Tales

The Loch around Linlithgow Palace was drenched in low golden light, and the shadows flowed like dark ink on the water. Bathing in the suns gold were impossibly graceful clusters of white feathers. Royal swans, as elegant as ballerinas, delicately … Continue reading

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