Yearly Archives: 2014

Welcome the light

I was away more days than at home during November.Both were rich and welcome times. A personal retreat on the Moray Firth gave me time to delve deeply into my own heart,  surrounded by  the rich natural world of the

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Magical encounters with seals

I love autumn. I love the changes that go on, as the weather wildens, the river swells and bursts its banks, trees shower us with vibrant colours, storms delight us from behind closed doors. Summer is of course lovely, but

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One thing leads onto another

Recently a couple came to stay, and during a conversation I was asked where they could see kingfishers. The question came about because they had read an earlier blog (Seeing with New Eyes) and that led on to another question

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Oystercatchers revisited

10 years ago I went on a month long retreat in Northumberland close to the East Coast Holy Isle, Lindisfarne.  The seeds of desire for change were slowly germinating during that very cold month of January, when show fell on

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A Magical Start to the Day

As luck would have it I’m an early riser and since Stephen left I’ve got in the habit of going down for a swim about 6am. I’ve learnt that “early is best”, for seeing wildlife that is, and this morning

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Seeing with new eyes

There was a very moving story recently about a woman who had been deaf from birth. New technology had enabled her to hear again, and she was filmed at the moment of hearing the first words spoken to her. She

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The Art of Noticing

I was asked by a friend to write a short piece for the local rag, to be published during Lent, I thought I’d share the content, “noticing” the time lag since I last wrote. So after watching a stunning sunrise,

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A River Romance

Still Pool at Staverton on the River Dart Last September as the builders had almost finished, and I was much recovered from surgery, I took time out for a retreat in a beautiful location on the Moray Firth. On that

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