S: The Isl of Iona Scotland 2011
BC: No Black sheep, we - but we nestle down to leave Iona and for some of us - Scotland -at least for now. | For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.... Robert Louis Stevenson (The Ya=Ya's usually travel to go somewhere- but sometimes just to go...)
FC: The Isle of Iona | June 2011 | Scotland
1: This is the story of three Ya'Ya's in Scotland...along with a Junior Ya-Ya who just tagged along.... The fourth Ya-Ya had to stay home... This story is augmented by comments from various Scottish saints and poets... | The plan was for Lyn Wellons to go to her Granddaughter's graduation - but two other Ya-Ya's, Laura Ann Wilber and Billye Currie, came along for a week and the junior Ya-Ya (Robin Haraway) who was coming for the graduation came early to visit with the Ya-Ya's and see the hills and valleys of Scotland. | The Isle of Iona | SCOTLAND
2: Laura and Lyn explore the seaport town of Oban. | We made it to Oban by plane and by train - and then viewed the Harbor Oban, 'The Gateway to the Western Isles" in Scotland.
3: Luckily, our ships all had motors instead of sails. | We didn't get to try this Scotch - but we tried a lot of others....
4: After several hundred years one would think the construction should be finished... | Lyn climbs aboard
5: Still are the thoughts to memory dear... Sir Walter Scott
6: Robin wanders in circles in Scotland... | What did he lose in the chimney? | And muse on Nature with a poet's eye ~Thomas Campbell
7: The Distance lends Enchantment to the View And robes the mountain in its azure hue Thomas Campbell -1177-1841 | Come as the Winds Come, when Forests are rended, Come as the waves come....Sir Walter Scott
8: Ye Banks and braes o' bonny Doon.... | Ya-Ya # 4
9: To paraphrase Bobbye Burns.. Our heart's in the HIghlands, our heart is not here Our heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.
10: The Bay opened into the Sound of Iona and it was in the neighborhood of the place I chose to be my home... Robert Louis Stevenson ~ Kidnapped
11: Salmon Farms | "Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, and robes the mountain in its azure hue.~Thomas Campbell ` `
12: A friend is a gift you give yourself. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson | Talk about a one-lane highway
13: The sea runs deep into the mountains and wandering about their roots. It makes the country difficult to travel but full of prodigious prospects... from Kidnapped...
15: Our | Our home on Iona | Main Street
16: "Some hae meat and canna eat And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat And sae the Lord be thankit - Burns
18: Today only 3 early free standing High Crosses remain on Iona out of over 1,000 that existed here in the Middle Ages. The surviving crosses are St. John's Cross, St. Martin's Cross and St. Matthew's Cross, all of which are found west of the Abbey.
19: Are these Travelocity Gnomes? | The Bishop's House ~ Retreat of the Scottish Episcopal Church on Iona | "To tell the story of Iona is to go back to God, and to end in God." ~ Fiona Macleod | Crosses on the crossroads of life..
20: Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.... Robert Louis Stevenson
21: Reilig Oran, the graveyard of Oran. Here the ancient kings are believed to be buried, Duncan and his murderer MacBeth included. Also buried here are 16 Americans who died in a shipwreck in 1865. The chapel in the graveyard is the oldest building standing intact on the island.
22: An ampler ether, a diviner air... Sir Walter Scott | "Unto this place, small and mean though it be, great homage shall yet be paid, not only by the kings and peoples of the Scots, but by the rulers of barbarous and distant nations with their people. Thy saints also, of other churches, shall regard it with no common reverence." ~ St. Columba | The Abby Cloister
23: The Gods Approve The Depth, and not the tumult, of the soul... Sir Walter Scott
24: lona of my heart, lona of my love Instead of monks' voices The lowing of cattle shall be heard. But ere the world comes to an end lona shall be as it were. Gaelic prophecy attributed to St Columba
25: A Prayer of St. Columba Let me bless almighty God, whose power extends over sea and land, whose angels watch over all. Let me study sacred books to calm my soul: I pray for peace, kneeling at heaven's gates. Let me do my daily work, gathering seaweed, catching fish, giving food to the poor. Let me say my daily prayers, sometimes chanting, sometimes quiet, always thanking God. Delightful it is to live on a peaceful isle, in a quiet cell, serving the King of kings. | St. Columba, an Irish Prince, chose to establish his mission on Iona in 563 AD and the religious community he founded quickly became a place of pilgrimage and Christian learning that was renowned throughout Europe.
26: Framed by the stones of old... | Billye takes the High Road
27: From Scenes like these, old Scotia's grandeur springs That makes her loved at home, revered abroad Says Bobbie Burns... | The Machair is habitat to sheep, cattle, and golfers, who step carefully as they navigate the 18-hole golf course laid out there. The worst obstacle during the annual Iona Open is a bull, who favors the vegetation on the ninth green.
28: Take thee to a nunnery - but take not me....
29: The Book Of Kells
30: "The Bay at the Back of the Ocean" Iona, Scotland
31: Nothing like a little judicious levity Robert Louis Stevenson | "En Guard"
32: Staffa, famous for volcanic caves that inspired Mendelssohn to write the "Fingal's Cave Overture." Fingal's Cave Awaits - and awaits and awaits...It was too windy to go ashore - lest, like David Balfour, we be knocked off and into the waters...
33: Or where the Northern ocean, in vast whirls, Boils round the naked melancholy isles Of farthest Thule, and th' Atlantic surge Pours in among the stormy Hebrides James Thomson (1700-1748)
35: A pleasing land of drowseyhead it was.... James Thomson (1700-1748)