Friday, December 27, 2013

Fiona Law The Man in the Woods

Julia Fawlks wants to help her quirky friend Bea get ahead with her new career in hypnotherapy, so she gives her access to her house on the edge of Windsor Forest with the idea Bea can use one of the rooms to practise from when Julia is at work. What could be the harm in such an arrangement between firm friends? But Julia begins to have vivid dreams of liaisons with a horned man who comes for her. At first they are a pleasant distraction then they become increasingly intrusive, and ever more disturbing. Soon the horned man is no longer a figure in a dream; he is becoming manifest and his amorous attentions are now arbitrary demands on Julia. When Julia tries to expel her ghostly stalker, the horned man becomes increasingly violent and his insidious presence turns to possessive control. And that’s when Julia notices the faint trace of a necromancy circle drawn on the patio in her garden. Just what has Bea been doing at her house? Who is the horned man and will Julia be able to shake him off?

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About This Author
Fiona lives in Newburgh – a beautiful and ancient idiosyncratic town nestled alongside the Tay estuary in Scotland. She loves ancient history, mythology, folklore and especially all things Celtic. Her compassionate interest in people, her fascination with Britain’s rich and colourful heritage, and her endearment to its picturesque land are reflected in her delightful storytelling. Fiona mostly writes fantasy and historical woman’s fiction but also some children’s fiction. When she’s not penning stories in a nook in the attic space, you may find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, knitting fine garments or reading tarot cards. More titles by Fiona Law: The Traveller – Short Story. Won 3rd place in 2011’s Asham Anthology: Something Was There. Published by Virago, ISBN -13: 9781844086832 Saint Alba’s Jawbone – Novel: Romance. Setting - Medieval Britain Published by Eternal Press. ISBN 9781615722266 The Rosemary Thief – Novella: Fantasy Romance. Setting - Medieval. Published by The Wild Rose Press, is currently out of print. The Hand of Glory – Novella: Fantasy Romance. Setting - Medieval. Published by Eternal Press. ISBN 9781615722938 Oswin’s Project – Paranormal Comedy. Setting – Contemporary Britain. Published by Eternal Press. ISBN 9781615725847 Short Stories published online by Alfie Dog Limited : Away With the Fairies – Humorous urban Fantasy Seven of Swords – Humorous Urban Fantasy The Morning After – Humorous Romance The Turkey Remains – Humorous Direct link: Further information with links can be found on Fiona’s website:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tayview December 11th

Tayview December 11th, An unusually warm day at 12 degrees celsius, air circulating around a continental high pressure bringing warmth from North Africa.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Dundee from Dundee Law

Saturday 7th December. Dundee from Dundee Law, a cold and dismal day as can be seen from the lack of colour.
Prominent is an oil drilling platform, in for maintenance and obviates the depth of the North Sea of which the average water depths vary, but are generally between 50 and 200 m for the shelf seas, the waters being shallower around the south west of Scotland, and typically between 100 and 150 m to the west of the Hebrides and off the north coast. Scotland’s offshore environment also includes waters of depths greater than 2,000 m. Little is known about the deep seas around Scotland compared with the shallow shelf seas. In general, less is known about Scotland’s seas compared with our knowledge of landward Scotland. What is known however is that Scotland’s seas are some of the most diverse on the planet. They are at the confluence of northerly-flowing surface currents and southerly-flowing polar currents and the complex bathymetry to the west causes these to become mixed, bringing nutrients to the surface. These are fed on by plankton communities which form the basis for what could be one of the richest fishing regions anywhere on the globe.

Oil extraction from such an important resource has its dangers both to oil workers and  biodiversity.

Looking to the South reveals the famous Tay rail bridge which is about 2 miles long.
I just had Arbroath  Smokies to eat, a wonderful naturally smoked haddock delight caught in the North Sea.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Akong Tulku Rinpoche Swift Return Prayer

Through the blessing power of an ocean of the three jewels
and the three roots,and the blessing of the interdependence
of pure faith and pure samaya of lama and follower.
May the shining daylight of this magnificent guide and protector of the teachings and of beings rise as a new incarnation to shine once again, to bring benefit to those to be trained.

"everybody always have to think the impermanence of life....and one cannot hold back when the death comes"
Kyabje Akong Tulku Rinpoche's final words to his students at Kagyu Samye Ling.

This "swift return" prayer for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was composed by the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley on the 16th of October 2013 according to the heartfelt requests of his disciples and many others.

May all beings be happy 
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. 


Sunset North Fife December 1st

Sunset North Fife

No words are needed

Sunday, December 01, 2013

North Fife Sky 28th & 30th November 2013

A blanket cover of cloud illuminated from below by the setting sun, always an eye puller.

Totally different forms on the 30th.
Feathery cloud forms.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Flisk North Fife 26th/27th November

The sky at 3-45pm, 26th November on the way to Newburgh North Fife. 38 minutes later the red deepens, how quickly the light changes. The saying is "red sky at night shepherds delight".

The street lights twinkle in Newburgh.
Wednesday 27th, ploughman's delight, the sun shines low in the sky at Flisk point where gulls congregate foraging in the mud.
Then following the plough, as they do. Logie farm.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

River Cottage VEG everyday

River Cottage Veg Every Day

 A brilliant and inspirational book by

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tayview 24th November 2013

Tayview 24th November 2013. Another dramatic sundown over the River Tay, I'm frequently in awe at the incredible vistas. Makes my day.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Newburgh Riverside North Fife Nov 22nd.

A building high pressure is giving rise to largely cloudless skies, this vapour trail and others become more evident. Water vapour, a condensate of jet liner fuel, normally they dissolve quickly but today they linger and have developed into these interesting forms.

Half an hour later down by the riverside.
The vapour trail is still evident as the sun sets in the West.
Turn around and the light takes on a more subtle quality. Dundee on the horizon lights a twinkle.
Maid of The Tay at berth along side the recently refurbished pier, Newburgh riverside.
Geese and Swans enjoy the calm conditions.
4 pm and it's cold,brrrr.

Friday, November 22, 2013

River Tay 21st November

Another view of the ever changing view of the River Tay. The waters now reflecting a deep sky blue. Today I was out again, the sky and water colours were really winter light subtle which I'll post tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Winter Sky North Fife November 19

Winter Sky, Brrrr really brass monkey weather yielding a frost by the morning, Arctic winds from the North West. Probably snow to follow.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Setting Sun North Fife 28th October 2013

I never cease to be enraptured by the sky over North Fife, this photo taken at 5-30 pm looking West to Perthshire on 28th October. A row of wind turbines on the horizon, blades slowly rotating, generating.

Two minuets later it had morphed, ever changing.

Panning North West away from the sun glare reveals a more subtle sky colouration and a view of The River Tay and confluence of the River Earn.

Traveller in Space, In search of female identity in Tibetan Buddhism

Traveller in Space, In search of female identity in Tibetan Buddhism by June Campbell.

June Campbell, when I first met her June was interpreter for Kalu Rinpoche who accompanied him on his world tour. I personally have a deep connection with Kalu Rinpoche as he was the Lama with whom I took refuge and was given the Tibetan name Karma Yeshey Dargye. ( much the same as being christened ) from then on I have followed the teachings of Buddha, philosophy and meditational practices. My name means:- growth of transcending awareness..... it remains to be seen.

Kalu Rinpoche wearing a Gampopa hat.

This is the setting. June's book reveals aspects of tantric practices and her association with her Lama.

June is 3rd from the right.
Take a look
A reviewer,
This is one of the best books I've ever read! It's a historyof the evolution of thinking. It focuses on the ways thinking has been manipulated, for example, by Tibetan Buddhists to be anti female, to be rigid, limited and fearful.It covers a wide range of time, thousands of years before Buddhism arose as a thinking style as well as the Tibetan version of Buddhism...June Campbell is not only scholar whose meticulous research shines through each sentance of the book but her real life experience studying with Tibetan lamas for 20 years gives deep insight into the reality of Tibetan Buddhism. Having been Tibetan Buddhist myself for 25 years, I can honestly say that Traveller In Space is an exceptionally clear book about how Tibetan Buddhism is actually taught,the core attitudes of Tibetan lamas, as well as serious misunderstandings Tibetan lamas have about human relationships and why. Many of the Tibetan teachers have become unethical and the author has the courage to gently reveal the truth. In the end Traveller In Space left me feeling more in touch with the truth that authentic spiritual awakening cannot be conveyed in the traditional Tibetan atmosphere...I believe the point Ms. Campbell is making is that being truly fulfilled as a human, means becoming more at one with the "spacious",unconstucted aspects of one's being.

Kalu Rinpoche.
His Eminence the Ven. Kalu Rinpoche Meditation Master of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu Lineages passed into Paranivana at his monastery Samdrub Darjay Choling on May 10 1989. One of the greatest Buddhist Teachers of our time was highly respected and loved by countless beings that I had the great fortunate to meet and receive empowerments and teachings from this Extraordinary Saint. From his humble birth in a remote location in eastern Tibet his enlightened activity brought benefit to countless beings. His heart son Bokar Rinpoche wrote about Kalu Rinpoche "The gentleness of his being, the pervasiveness of his kindness, the brilliance of his wisdom and the irresistibly of his sense of humour has touched hearts in every part of the world".
Traveller in Space: In Search of Female Identity in Tibetan Buddhism

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The River Tay 26th October 2013

An largely overcast day and relatively calm given the weather forecast is that we're heading for a severe storm to spread across the country. A deepening depression is winding itself up over the Atlantic. More rain for sure, stripping autumnal leaves from the trees, suddenly foliage and colour gone, bare trees and winter beckons. Bbrrrr.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Akong Rinpoche a remarkable life.

Akong Rinpoche a remarkable life.

Mugdrum Island River Tay

The last few days it has rained intermittently, occasionally the clouds opened and for parts the sun did shine.

As a guide, the solar panels on the roof generated 9.507 kWh of electricity. I must be thankful for small mercies.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Prayer Message For Akong Rinpoche by His Eminence the 12th Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche.

The video message is in three parts; the message in English until 12:05 followed by the message in Tibetan until 19:17 then the closing message in English.

Tonight at 10-00 pm GMT The body of Akong Rinpoche was cremated at his Monastery, Dolma Lhakang.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Akong Rinpoche 4 April 1940 - 8 October 2013

Chöje Akong Rinpoche (4 April 1940 – 8 October 2013) was a Tulku in the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and a founder of the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland.
On 8 October 2013, it was reported that Akong Tulku Rinpoche had been murdered in a dispute over money in Chengdu, China, along with two other monks, including Rinpoche's nephew. Stabbed to death.

Rinpoche pictured on 8- 8- 88 wearing the gold insignia as president of ROKPA. ROKPA means to give help where help is needed.
Rinpoche introduced Western people to Tibetan religion and culture.  In addition, he helped found ROKPA International, an international humanitarian organisation that works principally in Tibet and Nepal. The charitable aims of ROKPA are: "To promote Buddhism and to foster non-sectarian inter-religious dialogue and understanding. To provide medical care and therapy. To provide education. To relieve poverty." Samyé Ling has a separate charitable foundation called ROKPA Trust that performs fund-raising for and contributes considerable funds to ROKPA International.
 In 1992, Akong Rinpoche was one of the main people to discover one of the two claimed reincarnations of the 16th Karmapa, Urgyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, and took him to two of the regents, Their Eminences Tai Situ Rinpoche and Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche responsible for locating the reincarnation.

Rinpoche had thousands of followers, for 40 years he was my friend, teacher and guide and along with all of us he will be remembered for his kindness, understanding and compassion. It's one thing for an eminent  being to pass away through natural causes, another to be assassinated over an alleged dispute over money.
The three perpetrators  have been arrested, it remains to see the outcome.
May all beings be happy and free of the causes of suffering. OM MANI PADME HUNG.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Toni Truesdale Artist in residence The Steeple Newburgh North Fife

For the past month Toni Truesdale has been Artist in residence at The Steeple Newburgh North Fife. Quickly gained the tag, "Toni that paints" Gave talks of her works and motivations. Toni states " History and Mythology need to include the unrestricted stories of all women. The female perspective should be reflected in aesthetics, values, spirituality and morality.
I develop imagery that shows the natural beauty and intelligence in aspects of the multicultural life of  Sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers all"
I'm feeling left out here.

Toni Truesdale alongside a print of her work entitled "Grandma Dreams of Dancing"

 Mama Wata

Women of the waters
From the top, Cailleath and Nephthys.
 Untitled, arising from a visit to Mugdrum Estate Newburgh and an avenue of ancient Yew trees.Also to look at at....

Mugdrum Cross stone. The early Celtic carvings having in time largely eroded away.

Morning Star, one of many artworks available as prints.

 Peace Woman

Water Spirit.

For more of Toni Truedale's work and