stories and illustration

Merlins Crags, Liddesdale

Happy New Year to everyone. So long since I posted, the last year has been strange; but among my wishes for 2023 is to create a post, however brief or nutcase, at least a few times each week, to get me back into my environment of making imagery, posting, communicating . Where I used to live, with my son, in the Liddel Valley, where part of me still exists, there was this hill which was called Merlins Crags, and I used to think it was part of the King Arthur legend, as there were rumours of him haunting these parts on the Border between England and Scotland. But then when I went back there and walked for miles, alone, all day, I saw merlins up there, the smallest of the hawks in this country, in that exact place, and the only place I have ever seen them; so maybe that is why the name is as it is. I shall have to look up how the word Merlin come to mean these apparently two different things.

Nearly 10 years ago I wrote two or three lines about these crags. But this painting was created since then.

January 1, 2023 - Posted by | Art, Painting, Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Hi. We’ll be in Glasgow on 27 January so that musical miss can play at a song circle with Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis and Robert Vincent at Theater Royal. It would be our pleasure if you’d like to join us.


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    Comment by Ray Laskowitz | January 1, 2023 | Reply

  2. Oh Ray, that would have been great, but long Covid in the household and difficulties travelling make it impossible. I’ll keep an eye open for information about the concert, and maybe see some on-line. Good journeying, and I hope you get to see some of Glasgow. I’m sure the concert will go well. Great to see musicians travelling again, however onerous it may be at times. Happy New Year to you and musical miss and family.


    Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 2, 2023 | Reply

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