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A field of wild heather. Heather and tartan are two quintessentially Scottish things, which is why that is the name of my Instagram. I was a bit late to see it bright but even in its drying darker stages, it was truly beautiful, covering the ground on Culloden Battlefield. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood #hiddenscotland #thisisscotland #instascotland

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Culloden Moor. I knew seeing this battlefield would be an emotional experience, but I wasn't prepared to burst into tears the moment my feet hit the soil. To look at a large empty space and imagine what happened there so many years ago.... so many highlanders killed, so many lives changed. The course of clan life changed forever. It was the site of the final Jacobite rebellion when over a thousand Jacobites were killed by the British army. The battle didn't even last a whole hour. Before you walk onto the battlefield, you are able to go into a room where the 4 walls are screens and they play a reenactment film where you essentially stand in the center of the field and watch the battle unfold around you and it was so heart wrenching to watch. After I spent a little time on the moor, taking it all in, I walked over to the memorial and saw the stones with the labeled clans who were present on that day: Campbell, Gregor, Fraser, and others. The descendants of these were honoring their memories by placing small gifts on the stones. I searched my pockets for a worthy gift to leave at the "Mixed Clans" stone but when I decided I didn't have anything of any worth, I offered a small prayer instead. I'm honored to be of Scottish blood. No matter where I live, Scotland holds my heart and my soul and someday, in the next life, I'll be back forever.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood #hiddenscotland #thisisscotland #instascotland

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Can you imagine living here? Waking up in the morning and wandering out onto your front step with a steaming mug of tea or coffee and looking at the mountains surrounding your home. ⠀ .⠀ Also, Happy Thanksgiving!! This may be the one day I don’t miss Scotland as I shovel apple pie into my mouth. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood #hiddenscotland #thisisscotland #instascotland

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Thistles against the sunset. These beautiful thistles greeted me on my way to Culloden and I had to stop and admire them. Scotland's national flower is so dear to me that I have large thistles just like these tattooed on my back. They're beautiful but fierce, just like Scotland itself. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood #hiddenscotland #thisisscotland #instascotland

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A misty glen... You could find me running around a misty, foggy, dreary moor or glen any day of the week over a hot, sweaty, sunburny beach.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood #hiddenscotland #thisisscotland #instascotland

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Когда холодно ❄ но очень тепло и уютно 🔥🧣 и гжанец согревает, а нос красный, ты просто счастлива и в городе уже пахнет корицей, вкусной выпечкой🥧🍪 мандаринками и апельсинчиками 🍊🍊

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“It is quite certain that the skirt means female dignity, not female submission; it can be proved by the simplest of all tests. No ruler would deliberately dress up in the recognized fetters of a slave; no judge would appear covered with broad arrows. But when men wish to be safely impressive, as judges, priests or kings, they do wear skirts, the long, trailing robes of female dignity. The whole world is under petticoat government; for even men wear petticoats when they wish to govern.” - G.K.Chesterton

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Celtic warrior women. It is speculated that women in ancient cultures were sometimes trained in battle and would raid or protect their lands alongside the men of their clans or tribes. However, we know this to be true of Celtic women specifically because of Roman accounts. The Romans claimed that they feared the Celtic women more than the men due to the ferocious attitude in which a woman fought. Men were more calculated in battle but women were animalistic and unpredictable. ⠀ .⠀ “The women of the Celts are nearly as tall as the men and they rival them also in courage” -Diodorus Siculus⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood

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The Fae. The Sidhe. The Fairies. We all know who Tinkerbell is, but what is the origin of these mystical and mysterious creatures? The Faeries are in many Scottish legends as beings that are meant to be avoided at all costs, but they're not always entirely evil. However, when you are in the presence of the Fae, you must be very cautious because any wrong move can mean your demise.⠀ .⠀ In one legend, a poor widow was destrought over losing her only hearty pig that she was hoping to sell for rent money. When an old woman came upon her and promised to save her pig, the widow agreed and said she'd give the old woman anything in return. After the pig was brought back to life, the old woman revealed herself to be one of the Fae and demanded the widow's only child as payment, unless the widow could learn her name in 3 day's time. The widow eventually did learn the Fae's real name and was able to save her son from being taken to live forever with the Faeries.⠀ .⠀ In another tale, a young prince was tricked by a beautiful woman and followed her into the Faerie's realm before she revealed herself as an ugly old hag. She told the price he is only allowed to speak to her and not to any other Fae for a total of 12 years. If he spoke to anyone else, he would be doomed to live with the Fae forever. He succeeded in this task and was returned safely to his castle, and was blessed by the Faerie woman with the gift of prophesy and of poetry. Eventually, the price missed his life with the Fae and summoned her to take him back.⠀ .⠀ Two very different types of Fae exist in these legends, though both are tricksters and begin the tale with a feeling of caution. The legends show us that they were dynamic and complicated, just as people are. They are to be avoided, for sure, but not everyone captured by the Fae are doomed to an eternity of unhappiness.

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The highlands: a misty, magnificent landscape that speaks to the very depths of my soul. My roots are from the highlands, and passing through the areas where my ancestors would have been, looking at the same mountains and cliffs and foggy moors that I look at is simply surreal. To honor them and to celebrate my trip, I’m going to share some snippets of local legends and myths with each photo! I hope you enjoy following along ☺️ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #scotland #scotlandhighlands #highlands #scottish #proudscot #pagansofinstagram #witchesofinstagram #celticpagan #celticwitch #ancestors #ancestorsspeak #moodygrams #agameoftones #quietinthewild #noticingmagic #thismagicmood

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Foggy start both outside and if I’m honest, a little bit in my head today too 🙈🍸. . *disclaimer - this image was not taken this morning - too many cocktails (see below) and a promise to myself that I’d workout meant I missed the actual foggy fun so I’m joining in with one from another day 💁🏼‍♀️ ⁣ We had a great time last night helping @cryingwolfbar celebrate their first birthday - it’s a tremendous risk and challenge starting your own thing so whilst 1 might not seem a big number, it’s a real milestone for any independent food or drink business 🙌 ⁣ We’ve seen a few indies close their doors in Bristol in recent months and I often hear people say that they’d ‘meant to go’ Well then, don’t wait - go! Support your favourite indies, tell your friends about them and look out for new openings. Let’s celebrate originality and variety in a world that’s becoming increasingly homogenised. It doesn’t have to cost you loads either, many of my favourites have great lunch deals and early evening fixed supper menus and you won’t be spending any more than you would in a soulless chain and better still, you are directly putting money back into your community to people who really care about their neighbourhood and city they’re running a business in.⁣ ⁣ So here’s a shout out to just a few of my faves. @boxebristol, @wilsonsbristol , @wokyko, @pocotapasbar and @thespinylobster. Some recent places I’ve been and loved @littlefrench_bristol, @otira_bristol and @masa_and_mezcal and the fab pop up that is @therealpastaslut. And some places I’m looking forward to trying soon, newcomer @marmo.restaurant and @bianchisbristol from the team behind @pastaloco ⁣ This is obviously, by no means all my Bristol foodie highlights - there are only so many words I can fit into an insta caption! I’d love it if you gave a shout out in the comments to some of your faves and I’ll feature them in my story. I’m always keen to be introduced to new places and be reminded of others that I really should try or visit more often. . . . . . #bristol_lens #tv_foggy

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I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy and free... Why am I so changed? I'm sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills. . . . ~ Emily Bronte . . . This weekend's #ntchallenge is all about places that make you feel free, which is a perfect reason to post a photo of some mountain ponies on the Shropshire hills (along with one of my favourite quotes too). . Among the heather in the hills is definitely my happy place. . Wishing you a long weekend that's full of happiness and freedom 🌿 . . #neverstopexploring #thebeautyinsummer #beautifulbritain #shropshirehills

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Three cheers for the ‘ Bank holiday ‘ weekend ! Hip - pip Hooray x’s 3 ! 🥳 💫♥️Enjoy your today everybody ! 🤗 xxxx #alittlemagiceveryday #livemoremagic #sunnyday #daysoffrock #alittlemagiceveryday #pursuepretty #maydays #caughtflowerhanded #cathkidston #cornersofmyhome #alittlewhimsy #nestandcurate #vintagehome #thislittlemoment_ #thismagicmood #makeitblissful #alliseeispretty

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