Nancy’s Shadow

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Nancy and her shadow had a lovely time on holiday, May 2016 Scotland, and her favourite time of day was a run on a beach, any old beach, but there is no such thing on the west coast of Scotland, they are all beautiful.  This lovely beach was on the Island of Tiree, Inner Hebrides, and this is just one of many that she had a run on, lucky girl:)

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Gone Fishing

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We are off on our travels again on Wednesday, back up to Scotland and this time to stay on the Islands of Jura and Islay for the Whiskey Festival.  Husband is really happy, me, I get to add two Islands to my list and take lots of photos, and have a little dram, with lots of water, sorry:) Oh and also to visit as many distilleries as possible and hopefully a few churches and castles for me……I wonder what we will visit the most:)

The above photo was taken near Inveraray, Scotland, on our holiday 2 weeks ago.

Corncrakes on the Isle of Iona, Scotland

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On this years holiday to Scotland, 2016,  we returned to the Isle of Iona, they say if you visit once, you will visit at least three times, this was our third visit:)  I have posted loads about Iona, an island off the coast of the Isle of Mull…….. Iona is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the Ross of Mull on the western coast of Scotland. It was a centre of Gaelic monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquility and natural beauty.

This trip was not about the Abbey, this time we wanted to explore the island a little.  My husband, Steve, had read about mermaids tears and wanted to see if he could find some.  This involved walking to ‘The Bay at the Back of the Ocean’, but that is for another post, this is about what happened on the way.  Magic happened, something that I never thought I would see, we had heard the noise on Iona before and on the Isle of Coll, but we had never seen a Corncrake before.  They make a sound like a, sort of…….. crake crake noise, you hear them, but never see them……until the day we visited for a third time, magic because we saw three.

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I only managed to get photos of two, the third was on the way back, nearer the village.  All three ran across the road in front of us.  I was so lucky that my camera was in my hand.  Husband suddenly shouted, quick start shooting, which I did, some are not as clear as I would like, but to see something that you have never seen before is just amazing, it just made the day even more beautiful.  Sorry there are so many photos, but I treasure each one of them:)  One thing I did notice was their very long legs, I took photos of the information board, so that you can read a little about these amazing birds.

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May 2016

Castle or Rock – A Scottish Mystery

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On our recent May 2016 holiday to the west coast of Scotland, we had a lovely trip to the Isle of Lismore, which is an island in the Inner Hebrides of the west coast of Scotland. We travelled on the car ferry from Oban, which took about an hour.  As we took our little car, we covered most of the Islands roads and it felt like we had stepped back in time, so peaceful.  I will post more of our visit, but something has been nagging me, this mystery feature in the photo…… on the trip back to Oban, the sea was calmer, it was a bit choppy going, so we had kept inside, but I ventured out coming back and took some photos.  Later in the evening when looking through the photos, I saw what I thought could have been a castle on one of the small islands off the coast of the Island.  I have gone through all the local castles, but there is no record of one like this, or could it just be, a big square rock.  So any suggestions would be welcomed:)

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May 2016

Body Stone, St Kyneburgha, Castor, Cambridgeshire

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I am still sorting through photos and it will most likely take a little more time, more than I thought.  But its amazing what you find when tidying, I had totally forgotten about this 13/14th century ‘Body Stone’ in St Kyneburgha Church in Castor, Cambridgeshire.  It was moved into the church in 2008, which was made possible by a generous grant from ‘The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust’.  What is so unusual about the stone is, that the style is similar to the Cross used by the Order of St John of Jerusalem at that period.  It is a shame there is no record of this person, but if he was from the order, he would have been well travelled and what tales he would have been able to pass on……so its just left to our imagination.

Just a very short explanation to try to explain the difference between the Knights Hospitaller & Knights Templar, the difference is very simply, the Templars ceased to exist, and the Hospitallers certainly exist right now, working for the sick. Originally the latter were of a military order, the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem. The name comes from the dedication to St. John the Baptist of their headquarters in Jerusalem…… as I said, a very short explanation…….

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