A Weapons Problem

Two knives.

The kinds of knives that I enjoy tossing in my backpack for a weekend of camping or clipping to my front pocket for every day use are all illegal in Scotland. The fact that these tools are religious items probably won’t protect me in court. [Read more...]

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People and Place

This way to the Iron Age earth works

Do people make a place the way it is or does a place shape the people who live there? [Read more...]

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How a valley in Scotland changed my theology

Our favourite walk, c. 2001.

Something started to change fundamentally in my theology once I moved to Scotland. I often say I learnt more magic in my first year in Eskdalemuir than I have ever learned from books or workshops, before or since. And it was the profound shift which happened in my consciousness which made both the change and the learning possible. [Read more...]

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She cries: Summer Solstice in Scotland

The view from my office window earlier today. Yes, that is a hawthorn covered in 'May' blossom.

Today is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and as the sun shines, the Cailleach has been crying for her son. [Read more...]

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Being in nature

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum). Image by JerryL2008 used under Creative Commons License.

The knowledge crept up on me: that I love being in nature, find it soothing, calming and connecting, not because it’s more beautiful, or more ‘authentic’, or better than obviously human environments, but because it doesn’t ask anything of me: it simply is. [Read more...]

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In Glasgow We Talk A Lot About Weather

Queen's Park in Glasgow on a rare sunny day in May 2013

Last week I wrote about the lack of Spring-like weather here in Glasgow this Spring. Today is a most amazing and gorgeous day. I went outside at about 11am to take out some recycling and to pop into the local shop for a couple of things. I was utterly caught off guard by the fantastic weather. It’s not just sunny and bright. It’s comfortably warm with a light breeze. It is exactly the kind of weather I’d expect in late March in Oakland, California.
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Place and vulnerability

Bella - Clayfields Chynna Moon - near the end of her life

A series of medical misfortunes prompts Elinor to reflect on the varying vulnerabilities of rural and urban living. [Read more...]

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