A Walk at Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt

With a lot of rain forecast and only a light breeze, we’re braving the elements for a walk along the all-abilities path at Leitir Easaidh. The path is solid and even, free from slippery tree roots and stones that can be treacherous in wet weather.

fishing jetty at a lochan by Leitir Easaidh on a cloudy and damp morning

Several lochans sparkle among the heather and golden flowers of bog asphodel on brighter days. Loch Leitir Easaidh is the first one we come to, with a wooden fishing jetty and an adapted small boat, suitable for people with limited mobility.

stone and wood shelter with a grass roof by Loch Leitir Easaidh

On the other side of the jetty is a shelter, built with natural stone and local wood. It has a grass and heather roof and blends in beautifully with the natural environment. We pause here for a mug of tea during a heavy downpour. It’s a comfortable and soothing place to stay for a while. In nature and sheltered by nature.

a solar and wind powered wooden toilet building with a grass roof beside a loch

Beside the jetty and shelter is a small wooden building with a composting toilet. The building is wind- and solar-powered and has a grass roof for insulation. When we reach Loch na h-Innse Fraoich, we find a similar building, shelter, jetty and adapted small boat there for the visitor’s convenience.

The views beyond the gorse-covered hills across the water are obscured by cloud today, making it feel as if we’re walking in a small world of our own. A short, steep path on the left leads directly to a viewpoint. The other path takes you there via a slightly longer, more gentle route.

path at Leitir Easaidh climbing through the bog land and trees

The peaks and cliffs of Quinag are hidden above the clouds. It’s possible to continue deeper into this estate via a link path, which joins the Loch an t-Sabhail path. If the weather and visibility had improved, we would have been happy to combine these two walks.

view across Loch Leitir Easaidh, with Quinag's cliff barely visible in the distance through the heavy cloud

Despite the rain and poor visibility we enjoyed our walk here. It was very peaceful and the few walkers we met seemed to think we were on to a good thing too.

The Leitir Eiseadh paths are excellent and suitable for people of all abilities, including wheelchair users.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The Little Assynt Estate is owned and managed for the community of Assynt by the Culag Community Woodland Trust.

Jo’s Monday Walk

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Breeze

Your Daily Word Prompt: Sustain

Wordless Wednesday: Castle in the Rain

Ardvreck Castle

The ruin of the tower of Ardvreck Castle in the Spring rain
The ruin of the tower of Ardvreck Castle in the Spring rain with the hills in the background
The ruin of the tower of Ardvreck Castle with Spring rain coming down over the hills beyond Loch Assynt

We are delighted to see that these images inspired a beautiful poem by fellow blogger Carol L Hatfield at In Other Words, entitled Castle Ardvreck. Please go check it out.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/500 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160.

Wordless Wednesday

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tower

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Island

Your Daily Word Prompt: Wherever

Silent Sunday: Seat with a View

Raven’s Rock Gorge

a wooden seat with carved acorns and an owl in the back rest and leaves carved into the seat in a forest
wooden seat overlooking Raven's Rock Gorge and beyond with a sculpted owl in the back rest

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

XinfuMama’s Pull up a Seat Challenge 2019 Week 20

Your Daily Word Prompt: Nostalgic

Silent Sunday: Spring Merganser

a male merganser preening himself on the water
a male merganser preening himself on the edge of the river
a male merganser standing proudly at the edge of the river after preening

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.5 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt: Narrative

Lai Nouveau: River Affric

view of the River Affric near Dog Falls, with moss growing on a branch in the shape of a deer's head and neck

history lives near
in waters this clear
old songs
when ravens nest here
pine martens and deer
belong
fresh bluebells appear
this time every year

wild salmon who steer
the gorges this sheer
are strong
in silence we hear
our hearts leap and cheer
along
in waters this clear
history lives near

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a raven preening on a branch, partly obscured by smaller branches
a river tumbling over boulders and rock with small waterfalls

Grace at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Lai or a Lai Nouveau and I have opted for the Lai Nouveau at my first attempt.

A Lai is a French poetry form consisting of a five-syllable couplet followed by a two-syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at nine and the couplets must rhyme with each other, as must the two-syllable lines. The number of stanzas is not fixed and each stanza has its own rhyme pattern. The stanza’s rhyme pattern is: a a b a a b a a b.

A Lai Nouveau is considered to be slightly more challenging than the Lai. It has an eight-line stanza and is similar in idea to the Villanelle. In the Lai Nouveau the first two lines are the refrain and are used as the last lines of the subsequent verses with the last verse including the refrain lines in reverse order. The stanza rhyme patterns are: A1 A2 b a a b a a and a a b a a b A2 A1.

You can read my second contribution Seashore Anew on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom.

The Lai and Lai Nouveau prompt stays open for another three weeks.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr

Settings: f/4 – 1/200 s – ISO 160, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

dVerse Poets Poetry Form: Lai and Lai Nouveau

Your Daily Word Prompt: Negotiation

Haiku: Spirit of Love

a pair of greylag geese bonding on the water

greylag geese
writing their love
in sky, on water

© Xenia Tran

a pair of greylag geese bonding in shallow water beside reeds
a pair of greylag geese bonding in shallow water beside reeds

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/6.3 – 1/250 s – ISO 200 and f/5.6 – 1/200 s – ISO 200.

Sunday Stills: Spirit

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Connections

Your Daily Word Prompt: Renew