Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hauntingly Beautiful


It's that time of year when we tell each other ghost stories. Where we look to be haunted and spooked and a wee bit scared. With Halloween comes eerie sounds and frightful sights.

Perhaps it's the mist and dark, brooding skies, or history of Highlanders meeting a bitter, bloody end, but Scotland doesn't wait for All Hallows Eve for a good tale of haunting... there the ghosts walk year round...


We were looking for roses, not spirits, when we entered the gates at Ardchattan Priory, where Valliscaulian monks planted a garden that still blooms on the shores of Lock Etive after 700 years.


It could have been because we wandered alone, or because the clouds overhead sent shadows scuttling across the green, or maybe the chill in the air...




But suddenly stories of ghosts didn't seem like tall tales and legends...



Did those monks of old still tend the gardens, or watch over those who wandered there?



Did the Loyalists who burnt and plundered the church during the civil war still watch over the ruins?





Only the flowers know for sure (and they're not telling any tales).


Do you like a good scary story this time of year? What about ghosts? Just for Halloween or do you believe?

Personally, the only thing I want to be haunted by is the number of candy bar wrappers that give evidence to post-trick or treating gluttony!

Hope you are having a sweet week! XOXO

20 comments:

  1. I definitely believe in ghosts...and the power of the beauty in these images. :)
    Merci Jeanne!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I felt like I was channeling you just a bit with this post! :-) XOXO

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  2. What a place. Since childhood, I have had a love and curiosity about Great Britain, and now after all these years (and even your blog post), I have come to put my finger on WHY I've had this pull toward this place. The antiquity is rife with ghosts...maybe not the white mists and howling spirits we conjure up, but with the ghosts of history and all the gorey details therein! AND I LOVE IT....each weathered stone calls out what it has witnessed, and that is intriguing. THANK YOU for this different spin on Halloween! Happy day Jeanne, Anita

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    1. Happy to you to, Anita. Glad you enjoyed the sense of past and all the feet that had walked in this garden - what history those weathered stones have seen! XOXO

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  3. I am a total scaredy cat......but I must say the grounds are hauntingly beautiful..as long as I would not be there at night...S C A R Y!

    I think they must exist but frankly I have never delved too far into finding out:) Enjoy your day Jeanne!

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    1. No, I wouldn't want to wander there at night, Tina. I'm a bit of a scaredy cat, myself. Here's to more treats than tricks on Halloween! XOXO

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    1. Uh, oh. Now I'll be haunted by that song all day, Patricia ;-) XOXO

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  5. I am with Tina, I am a scaredy cat too. I love this beautiful place though.

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    1. I definitely prefer treats to tricks, Elizabeth, but loved the haunted beauty of this place. Hope your Halloween is not too scary! XOXO

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  6. LOVE THESE PHOTOS...........LOVE OLD cemetery's and these are OLD!Yes, I do believe in GHOST'S.This year for the FIRST time ever WE will not have a pumpkin..............nor candy.We haven't had any TRICK or TREATERS for a long time.Makes me so SAD..........I use to dress up in my MOM's Velvet cape with a witch hat and sit outside..........awaiting!I hope you get masses of those goblins and cute little creatures...........HAPPY 31st to YOU!!XO

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    1. Oh, that's too bad!! We always decamp to a nearby friend's home for Halloween and answer their door while they take their littles trick or treating. But I can't resist pumpkins on the porch even though our lights will be off. Hope you find some Halloween candy even with out the trick or treaters! XOXO

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  7. Wonderful and very SCARY;) photos Jeanne! If only the walls of these old castles could speak...... or perhaps they do at certain times of the year! ;) The old cemeteries always creep me out!

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  8. Such beautiful photos! I am still on the hunt for ghosts and fascinated by haunted places. As you can imagine, many of the castles we visit have a long history of ghosts. I keep hoping I'll get a glimpse but so far no sightings. I must keep trying!! I hope your week is going along lovely as well.

    Cheers from sunny Scotland!

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  9. Jeanne there are some seriously spooooky graveyards in Great Britain :))
    I was in ours last week, for a visit to my father's grave. Our church is 800 years old, and in the most beautiful spot high up overlooking the lake.. but I used to go to choir practice on a Thursday evening when I was young, walking across those ancient stones in the dark..sssscary...I still feel it

    However..we have our costumes ready and lots of goodies for the little ones...trick or treat!

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  10. So funny about those candy wrappers!!!! So far I've resisted, but I have a feeling I'll crumble tomorrow. Stunning pictures of hauntingly beautiful places. I don't have a problem with grave yards - drive by one with great frequency, but I always do wonder if there are spirits floating around. Friendly ghosts are ok with me!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  11. Jeanne these images are moody and dreamy, bringing thoughts of those who have walked these grounds in bygone years!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  12. Jeanne - you spin a delightful tale and fortunately, not too scary. We leave the creepy things up to the boys as we would rather indulge in bite size chocolates on this holiday. Such pretty pictures of your trip!
    xxoo
    C + C

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