Category Archives: Poems

Nan Shepherd – The Living Mountains – A true love story of the Cairngorms

I wrote about John Muir yesterday as I missed the John Muir day but was only recently introduced to another fantastic writer Nan Shepherd about 10 years ago.  There was a short piece on the TV last night and a … Continue reading

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Happy Burns Night – 25 th January especailly those away from Scotland.

Over the years when posted abroad in the RAF I was always home sick  for Scotland when it was Burns Night and we always managed to get Haggis, Neeps and tatties on the menu for the troops. These items were … Continue reading

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35 years on – 7 December 1982 – The F111 USAF crashed on Sgurr Na Stri (The hill of Strife) Isle of Skye.

I heard from another person from the USA who had read my blog  last night, he was on this incident on the enquiry team after the crash for the F111 aircraft on the Isle of Skye. I thought it was … Continue reading

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Another bit of culture ? Favourite Mountain Poems Norman MacCaig “Man in Assynt” after the great banter of mountain Music?

The interest in the blog yesterday about Mountain Music I thought we would continue in this vein.  My favourite poet is a no brainer and it took me years to hear and read these great words of “A man in … Continue reading

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Creag Mhor a grand hill in the heart of the Cairngorms ! A day of bikes,sunshine, scenery, scramble great views and new walking stick .

My friend Bab’s was after a day on the hill and a new Corbett if possible the forecast was incredible with even  advice on the effect of the sun and sunburn! The East was best so we headed forour local … Continue reading

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A Man’s a Man for a’ That – Burn’s Day.

As a boy from Ayr the same as Robbie Burns he was a big part of the areas folklore and history. He was also some poet, heard world-wide and loved by many. I was brought up in Ayr but my Dad was … Continue reading

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Chasing the Ephemeral – Simon Richardson. What a book a classic to rival Cold Climbs?

( Ephemeral – lasting for a short time}. Never being a good climber I have been so lucky to have had so many adventures in the winter all over Scotland. I loved the winter  and winter climbing I was lucky … Continue reading

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