I was going through some boxes of papers and photographs, and I came upon this bit that I wrote to my father from Scotland in 2006.
The low brown growth of heather covers the hillsides and glens in fields that go on for miles. In my mind’s eye, the roots of all the heather join together at some vast and deep level, holding Scotland together. It blooms late in the season as everything else begins to decline — I think this is significant of the never-ending beauty of life; and that there is still beauty in resting and waiting for the right time to come forth and bloom.
This is what attracts me to the ancientness of Scotland and the Scottish land.
Here’s tae the
heath, the hill and the heather,
The bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather.
About Kate Cowie Riley
Kate writes two blogs currently: "Weaving the Magic Thread ~ the texture of my life", a collection of auto-biographical essays; and "Scottish Heart", where she shares her love of Scotland and the trips through Scotland that she both plans and guides. She is also Copy Editor and Lead Contributor Emerita for "Celtic Family Magazine".
Kate retired in 2013 from nearly 40 years in Private Practice as a Somatic Psychotherapist & Bodyworker, Massage Therapy Instructor, Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Spa Director, and Consultant, who also wrote & taught about Eco-sustainability and WellBalance. Her professional blog, "The Riley School of Integrated Somatic Bodywork" is also retired.
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