A Blast From the PastTuesday 3rd July 2012
Ballauns, or cursing stones, a hangover from pagan times, have been found in Ireland, but very few in Scotland until recently.
A ballaun is an indented boulder in which a stone ball was rotated during some long forgotten ceremony. They are thought to be of the Bronze Age but were in use in early Christian times. They are associated with burial and religious sites, and very few have been found with both the ballaun and the stone ball.
In May 2012 in an old graveyard on the Isle of Canna off the west coast of Scotland, a complete set was discovered. This jogged my memory in that I remembered seeing such a stone a few miles from Pitlochry. I can't think that it could be anything but a ballaun, especially in an area associated with early celtic church figures as St. Fillan and St Colman.
It is currently being investigated. Watch this space!
The Bluebells of Scotland
The Perthshire hills in June turn blue as the bluebells burst into bloom, always a beautiful display, but this year has been spectacular. ...Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The Sound of Summer
The swifts arrived on the 16th May, which is about average. Over the last 20 yearsthe earliest has been the 9th and the latest the 21st. Yes, I keep records, and yes, I should get a life!...Wednesday 6th June 2012
The early spring was heralded by the appearance of a new visitor to the garden; a bullfinch! ...Monday 5th March 2012