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Summertime begins ….

The clocks go forward tomorrow.  Daffodils, pussy-willow, forsythia and mahonia are brightening up the garden.  Pansies are budding and the magnolia buds are about to burst.  It must be spring.  Plenty of frogspawn this year too.

We have had bright days but cold east winds, not uncommon for this time of year.  I only have two  more assignments to complete before the big EMA and another year’s study will be complete.

My February assignment was fascinating – the Benin Bronzes.

A completely new subject for me but so worthwhile being able to go and see the bronzes in the British Museum.

The next assignment is due at the beginning of April.  I have a choice, Cultural Exemptions or the Short Story.   I had intended to select the short story option but a sudden change of mind and I am going for the philosophy one which will be a challenge but isn’t that what study should be – challenging!

Then only one more assignment – a reflective essay – before the big EMA.  There are three options but I’m still undecided which one to choose.  Will it be sacred places, the seaside resort or rational recreation?

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WordPress has changed since I’ve been away!  

WordPress has changed since I’ve been away!   Sorry I have not posted for a while.  Will do some serious posting in a few days but in the meantime a couple of photos from the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.  Just back from six days with my lovely cousin from Australia. Weather was mostly kind to us but Skye is not called the Island of Mists for nothing.

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Eilean Donan Castle
Dun Beag Broch, Isle of Skye
Dun Beag Broch, Isle of Skye

I should add here that a broch is an Iron Age drystone construction with an inner wall found only in Scotland and mainly in the north and west of the country.  Last year we visited the Dun Carloway Broch in the Isle of Lewis which better illustrates  the size of the construction.

Dun Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis
Dun Carloway Broch, Isle of LewisImage of how the broch might have looked

This post, like Topsy, keeps on growing.  Since yesterday was the Midsummer Eve, the longest day, a photo of the Callanish Stones where this year, midsummer was celebrated in the rain but last year when we visited it was a glorious day, although July not June.

Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis
Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis

Cruise News

We’ve had it all, sun, rain, wind, mist, cold, warm.   Yesterday though Force 6-8 forced us all inside to watch the Captain running for shelter.  I passed the time, in between quizzes devised by our friendly Chief Purser, trying for a few lines of poetry:

Mist descends in swirls
Grey water is tipped with white
We wait for the sun

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Mist falls
Rain pounds on glass
White cross on blue flies wild
Wind whips the sea to boiling froth
Anchor holds

 

A great cruise though, despite the weather –  we have seen the sun and blue sky.  We’ve been to Orkney, the Ring of Brodgar, the Castle of Mey, Loch Eriboll, Stromness, the Callanish Stones, the Calloway Broch, Shieldaig but sadly because of the storm-force winds had to miss out on Canna, Rum and Muck but we have been promised a visit to Tobermory this afternoon.   Home tomorrow.