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A Lone Piper In The Mist May 14, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery.

170px-Chartres2006_076I have a new crush . . . a writer whose writing resonates with me.

Cindy’s latest post, Stopped Into A Church, created beautiful images of a “bejeweled old whore,” started music playing in my head, and stirred the ashes of a campfire . . . reminding me of a memory from many moons ago:

BFF and I headed to the Shenandoah Valley during Fall Foliage to admire the trees before snow buried the fallen leaves.

We stopped for the night in a State Park, with no other apparent visitors.

Despite the misty rain falling, we built a campfire, donned our ponchos, and sat fireside to watch the flames and chat.

We talked of dreams for the future ~ places we wished to explore before our aging bones encouraged us to sit fireside every night.

As we turned our attention to Scotland, and our desire to see its castles and lochs, its heather filled highlands and silent misty moors, the sound of bagpipes drifted through the evening  mist ~ circling the flames of our campfire with its lonely drone.

The sound merged with our misty dreams of moors, creating images of Scottish pipers wearing tartans and cradling their bagpipes . . .


IMGP4158bAbandoning the warmth of the fire, we walked through the campground, still and silent except for the pipes calling to us through the mist.

The damp leaves underfoot muffled the sound of our approach until we reached an embankment at the edge of the grounds.

There, standing on the precipice, twelve or fifteen feet above us, stood a lone piper, his tartan kilt barely visible in the mist, as he called to his clan across the misty moors.

Synchronicity at its best . . .

Related post:  Incongruous (Kate Shrewsday)



1. Shannon - May 14, 2010

Yay! I love it 😉

2. nrhatch - May 14, 2010

Such an amazing experience.

We listened and watched until he walked away, still playing his pipes ~ we never exchanged a word.

3. Shannon - May 14, 2010

From your description I got goosebumps (in a good way) … I could feel how the music surrounded the dreams you were sharing with one another. I love when that happens.

4. nrhatch - May 14, 2010

It felt like a {{wink}} from the Universe! : )

5. cindy - May 14, 2010

Oh, like Shannon, I also had goosebumps! This is lovely Nancy!
On the site where I used to blog, one of the bloggers issues a ‘weekend theme’; she gives out just one word and it is quite entertaining to see the different interpretations that come out of it. Her theme word this week is ‘censorship’. I’m still thinking of my take on it, play along if you feel like it.

6. nrhatch - May 14, 2010

Goosebumps . . . the Universe working its magic?

I love the idea, and the word for the week ~ censorship. I think I shall give it a go!

7. Richard W Scott - May 14, 2010

So glad you’re getting to know Cindy.

8. nrhatch - May 14, 2010

Thanks for introducing us, Rik!

One of these days, I need to head over to Uphill Writing to extract some of your gems and flash them around here.

9. Shannon - May 14, 2010

The winks from the Universe are what keep me going ! 😉

nrhatch - May 14, 2010

Yes! Its winks, its whispers and its nudges:


10. kateshrewsday - March 7, 2011

So did you ever get to Scotland?

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Not yet.

At the moment, our travel funds are a bit limited. I don’t want to go and then not be able to do, see, and taste everything that appeals . . . we will be able to save a bit of money for Scotch by skipping the Haggis.

11. kateshrewsday - March 7, 2011

p.s: thanks for the lovely pingback 🙂

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

You’re welcome.

I must confess to a selfish motivation for adding pingbacks to my posts . . . it helps me re-locate related posts without relying on my memory to remember who posted it, what it was called, when it appeared, etc..

12. Paula Tohline Calhoun - March 7, 2011

What a perfect night!

As you have surmised, our eldest, Josh and Sarah Beth are expecting their little one in October. Because of that they will be having their wedding a bit sooner than planned, a she says she doesn’t want to go down the aisle with a “baby bump.” We are thrilled! Josh is very partial to his Scottish heritage and all along their wedding plans were to have a Scottish one!. All the wedding party men will be in kilts – their own or Calhoun, the ladies will have the sash. We already have a piper lined up. All we need is a date. They are feverishly working on it. There will be an announcement when we know!

Hubs already has his whole outfit! Kilt, jacket and wescot, hose and flashes! He doesn’t have his sporran yet, but it’s likely Josh will make one for him – as he made his own years ago. We are excited!

nrhatch - March 7, 2011

Wonderful! Sounds like good news on top of good news on top of still more good news.

Don’t worry about the sporran . . . stock up on the Scotch!

You should post your comment on Andi’s blog. She loves kilts . . . maybe she’ll come out of “hiding” to respond. 😀

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