Sunday, 9 August 2009

re Update!










Hi all...

Apologies I’ve been offline for a couple of weeks now. Well, I’ve just returned from a one week Arvon Writing Retreat Moniack Mhor Writer’s Centre. Moniack Mhor is 12 miles from Inverness (Scotland) and 1000 feet above sea level. Although the 7+ hour train journey from Manchester to Inverness was pretty exhausting (both ways), having the time and space to catch up with my writing, without the distractions of T.V. and internet, was absolutely exhilarating. And, to do so in the midst of such inspiring and stunning views was such a privilege and treat. I got heaps done ... hurrah :) Anyway, this is a quick post to let you all know that I will be touching base with all your blogs in the next few days once I catch my breath (around work and coursework commitments). In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos I took of my retreat location. Btw, my room was just through the blue door in the bottom photo.

Catherine

ps OoooH... and many thanks to all those who have read and commented on my last post!

19 comments:

Lianne said...

This makes me want to pack my bags, board a plane and lose myself in the Highlands. I spent six weeks in Scotland (too many years ago) and have always wanted to get back. The photos remind me of some I took of Skye -- thanks for the memories, and welcome back.

Michelle said...

Oh I so need something like this...

Printemps said...

Some years ago I was enchanted by highlands and Scotland great walks. Amazing pictures and seems like writer’s paradise.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your gracious comments. I must write something about my visit to Scotland.

Strawberry Girl said...

WOW!! Fantastic shots girl! What a great place to relax and write!

I'm glad you're back, thanks for the comment on my blog.

Love ya!

SG

~She Poet~ said...

I'm jealous :) Great photos.

Lilly Jones said...

Amazing photographs Cath,
I'm glad you had a fabulous time. Some friends returned from a women's conference out of state, & I was reminded that we all need a time of refreshing from time to time. I just imagine the peace of nature that filled you out there.
xxx

rebecca said...

Gosh, if this doesn't inspire you, nothing will! What a fantastic trip you had.... ooohhhh I'm so jealous!! I'm happy to hear that it went well and you created profusely...oh, the distractions of that darn internet and tv, no? I should give myself one day reprieve from both but wonder how successful I will be while living at home and working!! *sigh* If anything, I should cut back and create more...I've been negligent in this area for a while now. Have to get back in the groove.

Best,
Rebecca

Rush said...

MM looks gorgeous..will the sun shadowing the meadows..perfect vavtion location :)

Cynthia said...

Wowoo! the photos are gorgeous
and good for you, Catherine.

What a wonderful experience.

Cynthia said...

Wowoo! the photos are gorgeous
and good for you, Catherine.

What a wonderful experience.

JM said...

Very nice set of photos! The light is wonderful especially on the first shot! Cool music too!

jonas wunderman said...

ah, right. Always wondered if people actually go to these places. Sounds like exactly what I need!!


nice photos too!

Judith Ellis said...

Beautiful photos, Catherine.

CathM said...

@Lianne: Glad to have brought back some good memories. The Highlands are incredible!

@Michelle: Indeed, it was fantastic...

@Printemps: The Scottish Highlands --- amazing, amazing, amazing :)

@Annie: Thanks sweet... it’s good to be back!

@She Poet: Lol... it really was a brilliant writer’s hideaway....

@Lilly: Thanks sis... I was lucky with the photos :)

@Rebecca: Isn’t it so hard to find the ‘writing space’ in the midst of daily life? It really was good to get away...

@Rush: Indeed, it was gorgeous!

@Cynthia: Yes, I lucked out with the photographs...

@JM: I’m still a novice in terms of taking photographs... but I was pretty lucky to get these set of photos :)

@Jonas: Ha ha ha... yes, people do actually go to ‘these places’... in fact, I’ve been thinking about it for the last 3+ years and I’ve just finally had the opportunity to go... it was really well worth every minute!

@Judith: Thank you for stopping by and commenting...

Ponderer said...

Welcome back Cath !, a serene place to clear ones head. One we all need from time to time. :) Cheryl

kenflett said...

That must have felt so good Cath. To get away from everything, everyone. to just be with yourself, surrounded by beauty. Your fortunate, although l'm sure you earned it. :)

Selchie said...

Beautiful skies, so making me want to retreat in peace and rest, ah maybe when all the kids go back to school...)

Greener Bangalore said...

WOW! such a lovely green lonely place..looks like if i visit this place...even i may start writing poems one fine morning ;-)Thanks for sharing Cathy

Greener Bangalore said...

Great Place!