Today, I had the pleasure of going to Daviot, a small village in Aberdeenshire, where I sold 6 copies of The Taexali Game, my time travel historical adventure, to the head teacher at the local primary school.
It was total blast from the past because I used to teach at Daviot Primary School during the early 1990s and I've rarely been back since then.
The visit was a delight as I was given a tour of the school-the actual buildings only slightly different from my earlier visits. The interior was bright and interesting: colourful work of the pupils displayed around the premises.
After my successful sale, I decided to treat myself to a visit to the Stone Circle at the Loanhead of Daviot, about a half mile from the school, since I'd not been there for a long time. The Neolithic monoliths now stand in a view also dominated by the towering structures of wind farms across the short valley but I, personally, don't find that jarring to the eye. I see it as ancient technology blending with new technology.
Erected nearly 5000 years ago the stone circle at the Loanhead of Daviot is a magnificent example of a recumbent stone circle. The distinction for this category is a large recumbent horizontal slab set on its edge, flanked by two upright stones (one of which has a broken off top). Though it is clearly a finely preserved example, the north-east of
I'm not writing about anything during the above time periods but it was interesting to remind myself of just how visible Mither Tap of Bennachie is from the stone circle at Daviot, Mither Tap of Bennachie featuring highly in The Taexali Game and in After whorl: Donning Double Cloaks (Bk 3 of my Celtic Fervour Series). It's hard to spot Mither Tap in the distance the photo below because of the tree cover but it's the curved shadow directly behind the gate at the centre of the photo.
Having walked down the track back to the car park, what confronts you is this view of Bennachie from the edge of the woods.