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  Mother, Editor... Lover of historical fiction, Scotland, miniatures and autumn🍁📚🇬🇧

A deliciously disturbing foray into the macabre, I enjoyed reading Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions. Set in 19th century England, the story follows a newly widowed and pregnant Elsie as she moves into her late husband’s crumbling estate. An unsettling chain of events introduces her to the ‘silent companions,’ painted wooden figures possessed by a malevolent entity. As an ode to the gothic genre, this is an excellent page turner for these long dark nights... Have you read anything spooky lately? ☺️

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Desolate beauty...

"Being at a great height on the mountain, we sate down, and heard, as if from the heart of the earth, the sound of torrents ascending out of the long hollow glen. To the eye all was motionless, a perfect stillness. The noise of waters did not appear to come this way or that, from any particular quarter: it was everywhere, almost, one might say, as if "exhaled" through the whole surface of the green earth.” ~ Dorothy Wordsworth

“There are tales here of gentleness and brutality, of trapped souls and willing, captive hearts; stories so grisly and “feary-grim” they’ll cold curdle your blood; stories so full of unbridled beneficence they will “warm-hold” and gentle your heart...” ~ Bernie McGill
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I am so excited to start reading this debut collection by Jane Talbot. Perfect for this quiet October afternoon with sweet paan and coffee! 😍❤️

So many things I love about the fall... the beauty of the changing leaves; their vivid hues setting forests alight against the indigo sky... the scents of rain, wet earth and bonfire... piles of wood laden with morning dew, misty windows, Halloween.... steam rising above mugs of hot cocoa speckled with cinnamon, pumpkin spice and the overwhelming nostalgia of childhood spent picking blushing apples and drinking cider in New England 🍁🍂🎃

“When he awoke it was dawn. Or something like dawn. The light was watery, dim and incomparably sad. Vast, grey, gloomy hills rose up all around them and in between the hills there was a wide expanse of black bog.
Stephen had never seen a landscape so calculated to reduce the onlooker to utter despair in an instant. “This is one of your kingdoms, I suppose, sir?" he said. “My kingdoms?" exclaimed the gentleman in surprise. "Oh, no! This is Scotland!” ~Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

“You hated the land and the coarse speak of the folk and learning was brave and fine one day and the next you’d waken with the peewits crying across the hills, deep and deep, crying in the heart of you and the smell of the earth in your face, almost you’d cry for that, the beauty of it and the sweetness of the Scottish land and skies...” ~ Lewis Grassic Gibbon 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

Robert Louis Stevenson, the Edinburgh novelist, wrote this poem in 1892 about Scottish Jacobite sentiments after the Battle of Culloden... beautiful and sad.
🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
Say, could that lad be I?
Merry of soul he sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye
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Mull was astern, Rum on the port,
Eigg on the starboard bow;
Glory of youth glowed in his soul;
Where is that glory now?
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Give me again all that was there,
Give me the sun that shone!
Give me the eyes, give me the soul
Give me the lad that’s gone!
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Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
Mountains of rain and sun,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone...

"And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors..." ~Tolkien 🌸🌿🌸🌿🌸🌿🌸🌿🌸
Gotta love Gandalf and his pipe... the coolest wizard! 🍃
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It's the weekend which means only two more days until Outlander! Yasss! 🌸At the moment I just want to daydream in peace before my kid recharges for her next attack! Apparently I am a lazy dragon that needs to be taught a lesson 😂Hope you are all doing great... I really love evenings in September with autumn's sweet golden sunlight... What is your favourite time of day? 🍁#nerdygrldesigns #bookwormcandlesandcrafts

Missing GOT like crazy 😭On the plus side, Outlander is back!! ☺️What did you think of the first episode? It went by so fast. I was glued to the screen and totally forgot my premiere snacks! 😂Really can't wait till next Monday ☺️Lovely Winterfell candle by the wonderful @hiddengem_candleshop with notes of pine and citrus. 😘#CandBMonthlygiveaway

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