Clouds and Reindeer in the Cairngorms

There were dramatic skies the last time I ventured into the Cairngorms. Beautiful though. These were skies to stand and stare at.

in the Cairngorms

And mountains to walk around in. The funicular railway is out of service just now, due to cracks having been discovered in the cement, so if you want to go up high, it’s on with those walking boots!

dramatic skies over the Cairngorms

I didn’t go very high. It was more of a restful day than an energetic one. A ‘lentil soup in the cavernous restaurant at the base station’ type of day (you will get lentil soup everywhere you go in Scotland).

up in the Cairngorms

The free-ranging reindeer herd remained elusive this time, but here’s an older photo of them. Much better pictures on their own website!

reindeer herd in Scotland

Back down at sea level, The Mermaid and the Bear has a release date! It’s out in both paperback and kindle on October 18th. Amazon have the Kindle and Waterstones have the paperback available for pre-order now.

The Mermaid and the Bear cover

And there’s a blurb:

Isobell needs to escape. She has to. Her life depends on it.

She has a plan and it’s a well thought-out, well observed plan, to flee her privileged life in London and the cruel man who would marry her, and ruin her, and make a fresh start in Scotland.

She dreams of faery castles, surrounded by ancient woodlands and misty lochs… and maybe even romance, in the dark and haunted eyes of a mysterious Laird.

Despite the superstitious nature of the time and place, her dreams seem to be coming true, as she finds friendship and warmth, love and safety. And the chance for a new beginning…

Until the past catches up with her.

Set in the late sixteenth century, at the height of the Scottish witchcraft accusations, The Mermaid and the Bear is a story of triumph over evil, hope through adversity, faith in humankind and – above all – love.

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73 thoughts on “Clouds and Reindeer in the Cairngorms

  1. Greetings! I feel so fortunate that you have visited and decided to follow my blog as it has led me to yours and more delightful exploration of your fantastic country. Scotland had been on my lifetime bucket list and a dream come true earlier this summer. You are so fortunate to live in such a spectacular place. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. Once you have been to the Scottish Highlands, you never are the same. My son is a bagpiper – so we’ve been following the call of the bagpipe for many years. By the way, the Worlds is happening right now. I wish that I could beam over to join you. Happy Monday – welcome to a new week of possibilities.

  3. I have just spent 10 days back home in Scotland and, like you, I spent much of my time gazing at clouds and sea and hills and fields with a bittersweet yearning.
    Thank you for following Sound Bite Fiction, and for sharing your photos.

  4. How serendipitous that you should drop by my blog and follow. Sigh… Scotland is totally on my buckets list and featured in book 2 and 3 of the trilogy I’m working on.

    Also… I’m partial to sky scapes! I can’t breathe without the sky or the sea or the mountains. Absolutely lovely!!

    I’m already a fan!

  5. Awww, thanks for sharing! I am happy anytime when I see some Scotland pictures. Scotland is fantastic, unique – I like the weather, the people, the landscape. Miss it so much. If you have time, visit Ranoch moor! For me it was the best place, next to Glen Coe. Anyway have fun there. 🙂
    Greetings, Jay

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