Monthly Archives: December 2012

pictish yule II

Rannoch station is the most remote in the United Kingdom, plonked in the middle of the desolate Rannoch moor. I was delighted to find that it has a tea-room, though obvs closed on Boxing Day. I think I was warped … Continue reading

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a pictish yule, part I

Now mirk December’s dowie face Glowrs owr the rigs wi sour grimace, While, thro’ his minimum of space, The bleer-ey’d sun, Wi blinkin light and stealing pace, His race doth run. From naked groves nae birdie sings, To shepherd’s pipe … Continue reading

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christmas shopping

You don’t really have to go Christmas shopping nowadays, with one click it is delivered to your door, but a little always gets me in the mood.   But where to go. I do not understand the pleasure of the … Continue reading

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a chilly trip to the hexagon

    To Reims, capital of Champagne and site of the jewel in the already over-studded Gothic crown of French cathedrals. It is here on Christmas Day in 496 that Clovis, King of the Franks, converted to Christianity, and was … Continue reading

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