Tuesday, February 13, 2018

British Isles #24: Isle of Skye

Though it seems an impossibility that I should ever catch up posting with all the trips I've taken, I suppose there is no harm in trying. So back to Scotland I'll take you, where I visited in 2014!

We drive toward the Isle of Skye though Glen Shiel which was quite scenic with rugged rocky mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and low clouds cloaking the mountains tops. We stopped at the well known Eilean Donan Castle, which is stunning on the exterior but actually quite strange inside. Most of the castle is off limits as I believe a family still lives there, there is modern furniture about and family snapshots on desks and walls. I would probably skip this visit in hindsight.

Glen Shiel Scenic Drive

Glen Shiel Scenic Drive

Glen Shiel Scenic Drive

Eilean Donan Castle - very picturesque but the interior is quite strange, many rooms of limits while the others have modern furnishings, family snapshots, like the family currently lives there. 

Eilean Donan Castle

Glen Shiel Scenic Drive

The Isle of Skye looks like a fantasy, even in the winter (we visited early April) when the colors are muted. I was a beautiful and strange land, with peaks and valleys that looks shaped by the wind, impossible landscapes of far, far away. We stayed in a B&B in Portree a wee little town on the coast, then took a scenic drive around the Trotternish Peninsula driving around the Quiraing, stopping at Kilt Falls, the crumbling (and closed off) ruins of Duntulm Castle, rambling around the fairy pools, and exploring Dun Beag Broch - on old stone fort. We were quite in awe of this landscape despite pretty foul weather of constant cold drizzle. The striking rock formation - The Old Man of Storr, in fact, was so engulfed in low clouds that we never did see it and the hike up to it would prove too muddy. On a sunshiny emerald day in the summer, I can imagine the Isle of Skye to absolutely stun you with magic. You'll have to compete with a lot of others people in the summer, however, on those tiny, narrow roads. Fortunately, winter and rain meant that we basically had the roads to ourselves. I hope to return someday.  

Kilt Falls

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Driving the Quiraing - a distinctive landscape creating by a landslip

Fairy Pools

Dun Beag Broch - Stone Fort

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cold Days / Hot Tea

Winter wears on, ice and snow and bitter cold, broken up by divine bursts of sunshine and an occasional spring like day. But there are crocuses popping up, honeybees buzzing on warm days, and busy birds everywhere. Spring is coming, as it always does. Until then, steaming cups on tea accompany me through the remainder of winter as I battle a little cabin fever and wanderlust, which always hits hard in the spring. You might pop over to Emerald Post Blog for some Ireland related posts as St. Patrick's Days near. Keep warm & healthy and grab the sunshine when you can.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thank You

Thanks for supporting small businesses, artists, & craftsmen such as Emerald Post in you search for that special something. In thanks I'm running a few promotions in the Emerald Post Shop:

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cathedral of the Woods

The Nave of the Cathedral

Stained Glass

Stained Glass Windows

Ruby Red Stained Glass

Fan Vaulted Canopy of the Forest

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wishing Well - A Candle & Tradition

Stop over at the Emerald Post Shop to learn more about the Wishing Well Candle - a small votive candle containing a lucky Irish or British coin inspired by the age old tradition of pilgrimage in the Celtic Isles to Sacred Springs and Holy Wells. Lots of other new goodies on the Shop Shelves now too.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Hallowe'en

Have a wonderfully spooky, safe All Hallows Eve. And in case you missed it....hop over to Emerald Post Blog to trace the gnarled roots of this ancient festival.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween in the Old Country

The Ancient Valley - Cemetery at Glendalough, Ireland 
5x7 Print Postcard available HERE

Hop over to Emerald Post Blog this week to trace the roots of Halloween back to Ireland and the Celtic Isles. Many of our Halloween traditions lead back to the old ways.  Also - New creations are lining the shelves at Emerald Post Shop just in time for the holiday season.

Just a handful of new creations.. more where these came from and many more to be listed in the coming days. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

A World of Whorls

"A world reveals itself in a tree's bark. Lean in close to bark, and you will find a landscape which you might enter, through whose ravines and ridges you might make day-long journeys."       - John Constable

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mushroom Monday: Autumn Shades

A Family of Boletes

Unique Earthstar Mushrooms

Friday, September 15, 2017

Prelude to Autumn

Reading Ray Bradbury and dreaming of Autumn, which seems to have arrived early on raven wings.
“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .”   - Ray Bradbury

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mushroom Monday

These photos were taken just one day apart showing just how quickly mushrooms change, and the next day, this one was probably gone altogether.

Day One

Day Two

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tales from the edge of Summer

Passionflower which will soon bear edible fruit