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Jul '11

Canna, part 2

As I write this, I look out the window of my room at the cliffs of Canna and the clear blue-sky overhead. Yesterday was a little cloudy and chillier (it is nice having daily highs in the 60s or maybe hitting 70…sorry for everyone back home experiencing a heat wave! With a light jacket it is perfect here…) so I am looking forward to getting out and doing some hiking today. My plan is to hike to the highest point on Canna – a whopping 210 meters.

The past few days have been spent mostly walking around the island and gardening. I have been able to see most all the archeological sights, and have just about circumnavigated the island. Also, I was briefly able to go inside Canna House, but am really waiting until Magda comes so that she can give me a proper tour of the house. Magda arrives tomorrow with an old friend of John and Margaret, so it will be nice to see her. She has graciously allowed me to stay in her house while she is away, and in return I am weeding her garden, feeding the cat and promised to give some computer lessons once she gets here.

The island is absolutely beautiful, so I am going to let the photos do the talking. My dad scanned/emailed his journal from his visits to Canna in 1991 and 2003, so it has been a joy to read those and find all the similarities – not much has changed except the passing on John and Margaret. It is also neat to know that my Grandfather visited in 1953 at the age of 22 – after his junior year at Yale. I am privileged to be able to follow in his footsteps.

Inside and exterior of the Roman Catholic Church, now deconsescrated.

On Sunday I head back to the States. It is quickly approaching, and I know that today is my last truly calm day for a long time. Tomorrow Magda arrives, and Thursday will be a flurry as she shows me a lot. Friday I head to Glasgow (arrive around midnight) and Saturday I sightsee all day. Sunday I head home. It shall be busy, but all very exciting – plus the promise of being home this weekend is wonderful!

The remains of a standing high cross. Very neat to see.

The Presbyterian Church and a grave.

Canna House above, me in a ‘Souterrain’ below.

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  1. Sandy Says:

    I have loved following your blog Brian! I’m so glad that you are enjoying Canna. Your whole trip has really been amazing. Safe travels as you return home!

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