Saturday, 28 May 2022
A day of witch hunt history, firstly the Old St Andrew's Kirk in North Berwick, The Auld Kirk was made famous in 1595 when local women were accused of being witches, gathering in the kirk to listen to a sermon from the Devil, and plotting to kill James VI and his new bride by summoning a storm. During the reign of King James VI, somewhere between 70 and 200 so-called witches were put on trial, tortured and even executed, from the town of North Berwick and the surrounding area alone.
Then on to the Witches Stone in Spott, East Lothian which was notorious for its witches in both the 17th and early 18th centuries. The stone is supposed to be near the spot where Marion Lillie, the Ringwoody Witch, was burnt to death around 1698. It has been claimed that she was the last witch to be burnt in Scotland, however, three other executions took place in Spott in 1705, one being described as a “burning”, the usual fate for those convicted of witchcraft.
Then lastly Athena, designed by Andy Scott to commemorate 81 residents of Prestonpans who were executed for witchcraft in the 16th century, though it represents “a proud and dignified woman” rather than a victim. When interviewed about the sculpture in 2011, Andy Scott said: “I did a bit of historic research on Prestonpans and found a number of ladies – and men as it turned out – were unfortunately accused of witchcraft and met a rather grisly end. I thought it would be nice to give them a dignified commemoration”.
I'm a fan of the Nikita Gill poem, Wild Embers. "We are the descendants of the wild women you forgot, we are the stories you thought would never be taught. They should of checked the ashes of the women they burned alive, because it takes a single wild ember to bring a whole wildfire to life"
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Sunday, 22 May 2022
Intrigued by the ground beyond Spidey's field we went for an investigation tonight and found out that patch of Hawthorn is Hadfast Valley nature reserve. Hadfast has been a bird ringing site since the 1970's, was one of the first in Scotland and is one of very few to have continuous records for forty years. At 7am on the 1st of October 2013 a Goldcrest was ringed at the Island Bird Observatory in the North of Sweden, forty days later it was re trapped in the Hadfast Valley having traveled 1595 km. It weighed 5.5 grammes and had a wing length of 55mm! Our best sighting of the evening was a vixen and her cubs.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
I mounted my Spider pony and had a small trundle along the railway line!
Friday, 20 May 2022
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Well I guess it couldn't be avoided forever and as sharing is caring we have his and hers positive results from earlier this week! Down on the Portobello Groynes there is evidence of the Portobello Robot makers work, inspired by Dr Who. The Porty robot maker has been leaving small wooden gifts around the local area for people to find since 2018 and as far as I'm aware has managed to remain anonymous all this time.
Monday, 16 May 2022
Sunday, 8 May 2022
Chamfron Agata de Fuego did the 30km at Tinwald and got her first Bronze Thistle Qualifier completing at a speed of 12.77 kmph. Chamfron Bellini smashed her first long arena elementary test with a win and 70.48%. Chamfron Ojo de Tigre has been at TREC camp and Chamfron Colorado has also been staying away from home bunking in with Chamfron by Dand. Both were due to do their first 60km but unfortunately By Dand vetted out before starting leaving Jessica and Colorado to gain their first Silver Thistle Qualifier alone.