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Peter and I have just returned from a lovely holiday in the UK.  We were mostly based in South Shields (where I was born) but made several trips to nearby areas such as Newcastle and Ebchester, and spent several days in Scotland (Edinburgh & Dundee).

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We were lucky to hit surprisingly mild weather – one or two frosty mornings, but mostly crisp and sunny.  Perfect for walking about in if you’re well rugged up.

Hoaxed photo of the Loch Ness monster

Image via Wikipedia

Just a quick note about well-loved Scottish poet Edwin Morgan, who died recently in Glasgow,  where he was born and where he spent his whole life (except for some time in the Middle East during the Second World War). 
Morgan’s poetry was first published in the 1950s.  He was appointed Glasgow’s first Poet Laureate in 1999 and in 2004, became ‘Scots Makar’,  Scotland’s poet laureate. 
You can read more about him at the wonderful Scottish Poetry Library website.  They say:
“Endlessly curious, open-minded and humane, Morgan experimented with the language of machines as well as translating brilliantly from a variety of European languages. He translated plays into Scots, and wrote a trilogy on the life of Jesus, AD. 
His Sonnets from Scotland rank as one of the most important works of post-war literature, exploring the life, landscapes and potential of the country”.
 
My favourite of his poems is the Loch Ness Monster’s Song, best listened to, I think.  You can hear him reading it at the link below:
Thanks to Mary Cresswell for suggesting this post.

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