So much of what I have seen in Scotland stems from a time period. That period reflects the struggles and the oral and written history of the area. This wall is Georgian. From late 1700-early 1800. That was an incredibly painful time for Scotland culture but they’ve endured, like this wall. It’s just in the yard of a normal home. The passage of time that that wall has seen is staggering. All of Scotland has this immense feeling of history that’s aching to be told, you just have to be here and it reveals itself. It’s fierce, complex and enduring.
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When you're busy scaling a business, you don't get much time for travel, or loved ones, or for the things you once enjoyed. This post is for my long-suffering husband. Remember our walk along Coral Beach? We'll get back there one day.
Painting of Coral Beach, Isle of Skye by Diana Mackie.
‘Stories are compasses and architecture, we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions.’
-Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
When I read Night Waking by Sarah Moss I was enamoured by the setting. The story is set in the fictitious island of Colsay off the coast of Scotland, but in reality it was based on the story of St.Kilda, a Hebridian island. It set me off on a trail to learn a little more about the Hebrides, which led me to this book. Scientists have described the Hebrides as a biological frontier between continent and ocean, between two great ecosystems of opposite character. The islands are also steeped in Gaelic myth and history, which I have no real knowledge of but I find utterly fascinating and I now I really want to visit the remote Hebridian islands. And some day, I’m sure I will.
Have novels ever introduced you to a new place that you wish to visit & explore? If yes, which novel inspired you to travel where?
I’ll leave that thought with a another beautiful, thought-provoking quote by Rebecca Solnit.
‘We think place is about space, but in fact, it is really about time.’
Dia em que vi chuva, sol, neve, as Highlands Escocesas, um escocês de kilt e o Lago Ness (sem o Nessie! 😛)... PS.: de quebra, ainda rolaram músicas super conhecidas ao estilo folk escocês (essa é do Tears for Fears) no caminho. 🏴💚