One of the many joys of hunting out ancient sites of standing stones and stone crosses is that they can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Even on a rainy Summer Solstice.
|High cross on Iona|
In fact, some art historians actively seek out early Irish high crosses in the rain for the sandstone patterns are said to suggest the redness of blood. Early Christianity or a harking back to dark druidic practices? You can make up your own mind.
|Nether Largie standing stone|
As an avid fan, I’ve been privileged to visit Monasterboice in Ireland recently, along with trips to Iona and Kilmarting to see such all-time favourites as the Temple Wood stone circle. (See a previous blog on my fascination with 'Stones of a Certain Standing'.)
So, if you’re in the mood for a chilling parable of the paranormal for this rain-swept midsummer, head over to Smashwords for a free short story – Midsummer Glen. It’s one quarter of a seasonal quartet entitled Equinox (on Amazon).
|Temple Wood stone circle|
You’ll see one the Nether Largie standing stones on the cover, which inspired the story. And I’d never even heard of Outlander when I wrote it! A mystic coincidence if ever there was.
There’s also a short book trailer on Youtube for an eerie taster of what to expect.
|A perfect place to write? Beehive hut in Kilmartin (not Skellig Michael).|