Thursday, 21 November 2013

Write Edit Publish November Blog Fest Sharing - Between the Lines



I'd like to share with you  today. My stepfather, John, was a Scot. He's sadly passed now, but I have three wonderful step sisters and several step nieces and nephews. Most of them live in Scotland.
When I was a young woman I holidayed at the Scottish family cottage in Argyll, just on the edge of the Crinan Canal. And there I  was privileged to discover a mystical and magical place.
Argyll is possibly the most romantic spot on the planet.  This early contact with Scotland forged a lasting love of the land and an abiding interest in its myths, legends and history. From the highlands through the still water of the lochs and to the rugged coastline, Argyll is breathtaking.




When I began to research  COTM, Scotland seemed to call to me. It was a joy to write my way back.
There came the time when realised that  I needed a castle. As everyone knows there are no shortage of castles in Scotland!
But it was Carrick Castle that captured my imagination. Although it is not inhabited, its bleak facade and  isolated position felt like the perfect location. Originally built in the 12th Century, in

1368 it was handed over to the Campbell Clan. Later, Mary Queen of Scots stayed there. Today it is owned by Alex Fleming who is restoring the ancient castle.










In August this year I returned and rediscovered my Scotland.








Time has not eroded its charm. It seems dearer now than it ever was. Thank you for sharing.


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32 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny! Thanks for sharing your love of Scotland! I've been to that lovely land, but not to Argyll, which sounds amazing. I hope I get there one day. The pictures are beautiful too! I love to be able to incorporate known settings into my stories as you do.

    Thanks so much for writing for WEP. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am reading all the entries.

    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise, thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your trip away. Send us all a post card!

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  2. Hi Jenny!

    I loved reading this post. Thanks for sharing. Sorry, I was unable to take part in this month's blog fest. Too much workload.

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    1. Hey Kelly, always lovely to catch up. Thanks for finding time to drop by. I'll see you soon.

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  3. I was born not far from Scotland (just over the border in England), and some of my ancestors are from there. I visited again in early-ish 2012, and loved it. I was particularly fond of the grim highlands in all their desolate glory. Argyll looks amazing, though - I'd love to check it out sometime.

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    1. Hi Trisha, thanks for dropping by. Sounds like you have history in Scotland yourself. How lovely.

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  4. Hello,
    I have been to Scotland but not to Argyll. Very scenic photos. Mary Queen of Scots, and that particular period in history is a favourite too.

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    1. Must agree Nilanjana, Mary Queen of Scots is a fascinating woman. Many of the Tudors had a certain style didn't they?

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  5. I have not be blessed with the opportunity to travel, but after reading your post I would LOVE to go to Argyll!! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hope you get the chance to visit Chrys, Its kind of special.

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  6. I love Scotland and have been there twice, beautiful scenery and friendly people and steeped in history.

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    1. Hi Sally, great to meet another Scotland enthusiast.

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  7. What a beautiful place for inspiration! Amazing, I can see why you found it so. Would love to see Argyll too, but thanks for the photos - those alone can take you on a journey!

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    1. Thanks Yolanda. I have to confess that I have my daughter to thank for the lovely photos. Only problem is trying to choose which one to share. Glad you enjoyed the journey.

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  8. Scotland looks gorgeous! I live in the US, and one of our nearby farms has some of the red Highland cattle like the one in your pic. I love looking at them, they're such a vibrant colour and so lovably shaggy!

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  9. Hi there, thanks for dropping by. Highland cattle are adorable. Those horns are huge! We have them in Australia too. I wonder how they cope with the heat!

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  10. Loved that little bit of Scotland you have shared. Love the mystery of castles and the weight of history.

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  11. Aren't we lucky to have access to so much history? To be able to travel with ease and delve into books. I must confess that the research part of writing absorbs me utterly. Sometimes its hard to stop.

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  12. Lovely! I've never been to Scotland but I totally understand the desire to reconnect with the beautiful places we knew in younger days.

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  13. I guess I'm lucky. Having lived in both the UK and Australia I have two wonderfully contrasting landscapes to draw on. I just wish that one was not quite so far from the other.

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  15. This is wonderful and the photos are stunning, Jenny. Thank you for sharing. I've never been to Scotland but it's one the dreams that I hope to fulfill. The Highlands fascinate me.

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    1. Hi Vesper, great to see you, Thanks for Sharing too.

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  16. Now I am seriously jealous. I have never been to Scotland or even outside the USA. My ancestors came from Scotland on (oh I blush to admit it,) the Mayflower. Of course, having lived for so long in the US I also have other nationalities abiding in my skin, but mostly I'm Scot. That castle looks scary and enthralling all at the same time.
    Nancy

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  17. Had to laugh. I'm the one who's jealous. I'd love to have such a fantastically colourful family history. Sound to me like there's a grand story in your history just waiting for you to tell it.

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  19. What a charming place.
    It looks so tranquil and therapeutic... and I can imagine that the atmosphere is conducive to inspiring some serious writing...
    Castles are such fascinating structures... steeped in history...
    Thanks for sharing!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Castles are awesome. I haven't met anyone who wouldn't like to live in one!

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  20. Jenny, this is beautiful! Reminds me of the two weeks I spent in Ireland. Seems like a million years ago! I can definitely see why you feel in love with Scotland :) There's something magical about a place that is, more often than not, shrouded in mist.

    Sorry it took me so long to make it over for the WEP fest! Cheers,
    Jen

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    1. Hi Jen. How's the writing going? Glad to have you over for a visit. I would love to go to Ireland. It's next on my list of places to go. Ireland and Scotland have a very close history and Ireland is said to be beautiful.

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  21. I love Scotland too! I loved how you wove your story into Scotland's history and geography. Lovely. Thank you!

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  22. Hi Lisa, thanks for dropping by, its always great to meet a fellow Scotland enthusiast! Happy writing.

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