r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea: December 2016

Oidhche nam Bannag

"This is the night of gifts
Goodwife rise up and bring down the Hogmanay bannock..."

Dr. Isabel Frances Grant, from Highland Folk Ways




Hogmanay customs
Gillean Calluinne

Happy Hogmanay to all this night!

6 days 592 kilometres 5492 metres



A beautiful bike ride through the Scottish Highlands in between Christmas and NYE.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest experiences in my life. - Ivan Bellaroba

a Shetland Christmas




RANT
Da Day Dawn
Christmas pony dance ;)
Shetland Christmas past
Yule guid an Yule gaer, be wi wis aa year.

May your heart and home be filled with the joy and peace of Christmas.

December



The coming of the winter snow upon the highland hills
Hits the mind with sorrow blind and numbs the cutting chills
Our morning days in youthful haze we'll never see again
And all the years we thought we had have left our hallowed glen

And if the sun comes down in December
And the snow lies over the green
I’ll leave the last drop in my glass to remember
The eyes of my highland queen.

That Christmas day so long away when first I saw her eyes
Now every year she reappears in dark December skies
The moon it shone above the Ben as we kissed below the plough
The stars were singing as we lay upon the frosted ground

And if the sun comes down in December
And the snow lies over the green
I’ll leave the last drop in my glass to remember
The eyes of my highland queen.

But maybe we will meet again on the circle of the sea
And in this world or the next I’ll feel her close to me
And the golden west horizon will be ours for just a while
When the snowflakes of our future will melt upon her smile

And if the sun comes down in December
And the snow lies over the green
I’ll leave the last drop in my glass to remember
The eyes of my highland queen.

il o ho ro 's tu mo run
il o ho ro 's tu mo nighean

Skipinnish

A Calendar of Hares

 1. At the raw end of winter
     the mountain is half snow, half
     dun grass. Only when snow
     moves does it become a hare.

 2. If you can catch a hare
     and look into its eye
     you will see the whole world.

 3. That day in March
     watching two hares boxing
     at the field's edge, she felt
     the child quicken.

 4. It is certain Midas never saw a hare
     or he would not have lusted after gold.

 5. When the buzzard wheels
     like a slow kite overhead
     the hare pays out the string.

 6. The man who tells you
     he has thought of everything
     has forgotten the hare.

 7. The hare's form, warm yet empty.
     Stumbling upon it he felt his heart
     lurch and race beneath his ribs.

 8. Beset by fears, she became
     the hare who hears
     the mowers' voices grow louder.

 9. Light as the moon's path over the sea
     the run of the hare over the land.

10.The birchwood a dapple
     of fallen gold: a carved hare
     lies in a Pictish hoard.

11. Waking to the cry of a hare
      she ran and found the child sleeping.

12. November stiffens
      Into December: hare and grass
      have grown a thick coat of frost.

Anna Crowe, from A Secret History of Rhubarb