Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Paradise. Also known as Glen Affric

I can feel such longing, gazing at the pictures of Glen Affric.

Fab and I were here in the spring of 2010. And whereas we fell in love with all of Scotland (the bits we saw anyway), this place just felt exceptional.

It was peaceful. Quiet. Unspoiled.

The air was so fresh and clean. And all you could hear was the sound of the birds and the cascading water. We could have stayed forever.

With things being so hectic lately, I'm so grateful to have my home as a safe haven, where I can recharge my batteries.

And yet I could also really do with being back at Glen Affric. To take a step back, clear away the cobwebs and just breathe.


  1. Gorgeous photos!! I've been under the same dilemma right now...wanting to hibernate at home to recharge my batteries while at the same time wanting to get out of town for a few days and get a breath of fresh air.

    So I decided to do both :) I'm going to take an extended weekend and spend part of it in NY and part of it at home with the fuzzies - I can't wait!

    I hope you are able to relax and recharge this weekend :)


  2. Oooooo, your plans sound wonderful! I think I'm going to try and get a breath of fresh air too - but plenty of rest as well.

    I'll be looking forward to new pics of the fuzzies! ;-D ;-D

    That space cat thing was too cute by the way...

  3. *sigh*... That is indeed a magickal spot, Glen Afric - soooo glad we went there... But don't forget about Edinburgh itself, our home base while we were there... Plenty of stories there... The Indian restaurant... Our Rabbies tour guides, including the one who unfortunately wasn't our tour guide (They don't come more Scottish than him - remember?!). As long as you don't tell the Cougar story, I'm still a bit miffed about that one! Big hug...I'll be on the lookout for your other stories (as always hehehe). Your no 1 fan xoxo

  4. Ah yes, wonderful Edinburgh... and I do remember that particular tour guide - gorgeous, ginger and in a kilt! ;-D

    And don't forget our B&B with its abundance of floral patterns - EVERYWHERE.

    Ohhh, now I really want to post about the rugby boys and the cougar story!! You shouldn't have reminded me!! ;-D ;-D

    I still wish we were back there right now - enjoying a meal at Urban Angel!

    So much we haven't seen there yet!


  5. I have, and have always had (for some weirdo reason) a massive hankering to go to Wales, or somewhere near the Welsh border. I think I must have lived there in a previous life. Many of the books I read seem to somehow end up magically based in Wales. I don't go looking for them, it just seems to end up that way.

    My fave author (Phil Rickman - who replies to emails and is a lovely guy) writes his stories set in this area (and lives there) and I cannot explain with any real correlation in words how STRONGLY I'd like to be there.

    Perhaps one day.

    I hope you got a chance to recharge your batteries and get some peaceful time in this weekend!

    Linda. xox

  6. Just adding the whole Susan Cooper 'The Dark Is Rising' series of books that I read when I was young was set in and around Wales....also 'The Hill Of The Red Fox' and quite a few other childhood tales I read. Perhaps that's what set it all so firmly in my mind! The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen (my fave childhood book ever) was set in Scotland from memory, and I always loved the sound of that too!

    Robert Goddard also writes quite a few of his stories based in that area (and is mates with Phil Rickman because Phil Rickman said he'd 'say hello' to him for me - lol).

  7. Oh my God - you ARE my long-lost twin (except for the whole squid thing which I'm willing to admit is probably just a tiny short-circuit situation in my brain). I have always, always, as long as I can remember, had a thing for Wales. And Scotland, but even more for Wales.

    Maybe because of growing up in a house with numerous books about Celtic myths and legends (including many Welsh). And the fact that I started reading Tolkien at a young age and being fascinated by the languages he invented, which was supposedly inspired by Welsh. And then there's the fact that people in my region have a soft spot for the Welsh because of the war (the town I live in was liberated by the 53rd Welsh Division).

    I always wanted to go to Wales but for some reason never got round to it. And then I fell in love with a Welshman - the last guy I dated and well, that just seemed meant to be. I didn't realise till it was too late what kind of man he was.

    I didn't want him to ruin that life-long fascination of mine though - so this year I finally made it to Wales, even though I didn't venture beyond Cardiff this time. And I loved it. I'm so glad I went. And I'll be back more often now.

    Oh - and I love Weirdstone of Brisangamen - wasn't that set in Cheshire (close to the Welsh border and close to Scotland as well?). I lost my old tattered copy in a train and I was so upset to have lost it. Must replace it soon - and I'll definitely be checking out Phil Rickman and Robert Goddard's books now! ;-)


  8. You are kidding...... you've read The Weirdstone of Brisingamen? Wow. I LOVED that book as a child, still have my old copy even though I haven't read it for years, and I think you're right about it being set near the border. I think you're the only other grown up I've ever met whose heard of it let alone read it!! OMG!

    I'm so glad you didn't let that guy taint your fascination for Wales, and so excited that you made it there. That's fantastic!!

    And yes.... Tolkien. I read the Hobbit early on, and The Lord of The Rings (for the first of 12 times) in Grade 6 when I was 12. I loved it, and I used to copy out the runes and elven script etc and do up my own little books and pics.

    I think you will LOVE Phil Rickman. Crybbe is a fairly easy one of his to start with, or The Chalice, but I love the ones that feature the character Merrily Watkins. They fascinate me no end.... here's a link to his site straight to the page with those books on them

    Or just go straight to some very interesting reading about Wales and the border there.

    Linda. xox

  9. Another additon.... one of my first cats was actually called Mithrandir after Gandalf! He was a lovely grey cat (hence the name after Gandalf the Grey), and very wise and witty!

  10. You've got to be kidding me!! You did the rune thing too?? I did that - I had whole notebooks full of them in which I also made maps and everything. I threw them out at one point and I still regret it...

    I am absolutely going to order me some Phil Rickman books. I think I'll start with the Chalice, as that's the name my friend Fab chose for her new business!

    But I love love LOVE the name Merrily Watkins - oh I can totally see myself on the sofa, fireplace on, enjoying the cold and windy season with some new book friends! ;-D

    I'm going to check out those sites straight away!


  11. Oh and Mithrandir - what a fabulous name for a cat! I remember when I first had my own PC, the first ever password I used was Gandalf - and the second was Mithrandir!

    And btw, as you loved what Christopher Lee said about Peter Cushing: this will endear you even more to him: did you know that of all the actors in Lord of the Rings, Christopher Lee was the true Tolkien adept? Apparently he used to regale the other cast members with facts and trivia from the books - some of the others hadn't even read the books before they started filming!

  12. Oh God, the man lives near Hay-on-Whye - I so want to go there, it's a book lover's dream! If you'd be living any closer I'd tell you to pack up and meet me in Wales!


  13. I am absolutely going to order Merrily's Border...


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