Story 1 ? It’s Dun Telve

Yes, it’s certainly ancient and abandoned, but not quite as old as Newgrange in Ireland or Stonehenge, in England.

This is the remains of a broch just down the road from the village of Glenelg, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

This was not a ceremonial site. It’s an Iron-age fortified house with dry-stone walls built to protect a family group and their animals 2000+ years ago. It predates the Roman invasion of Britain.

You can see the walls have a space between. This allowed stairs and passageways to reach upper floors. There’s a possibility these brochs were built by itinerant craftsmen given such skilled work found in various parts of the country. This broch is one of the better preserved examples on the mainland – the best is on the island of Mousa in Shetland.

The wooden frame also supported a thatched roof.

This stone lintel would have been man-handled into position. There was a cubby in the wall on the right … for dogs.

We were the only visitors.

Here’s the gap above the entrance way showing the location of passageways.

The drive into Glenelg is well worth the view from the top of the Mam Rattagan Pass. Here’s the The Five Sisters of Kintail, popular with hill-walkers.

Remind me to tell you my version of ‘The Five Sister’s of Kintail ” sometime. I’d tell it differently from the Secret Scotland Tour guide.

Information from other sources

Local area info – Secret Scotland Tour guide to Glenelg

Undiscovered Scotland: Dun Telve

All text (other sources listed) and photos by Meg

Story Twigs the Imagination! by Meg Philp Copyright © under Australian Law.

Life Imitates Art? Weekly Photo Challenge

All week, when I’ve had the space, I wondered about life and art.

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No. This isn’t my place. This was a room in the home of Margaret Olley,  Australia’s most celebrated painter of still life and interiors.

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Her ‘Yellow Room’ featured in several of her paintings. In 2014, three years after her death, her home studio was recreated in the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.  The kitchen,  living room and sitting room were also her ‘studio.’ Complete with windows and doors, they are all now part of a permanent art installation at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery.

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Many of the objects that she collected for her art works, more than 20,000 of them, became part of her household furnishings, and are to be seen in her paintings. Her works fetch thousands of dollars.

In herself, this artist was know to be kind, fearless and big-hearted.

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In Olley’s home, everything had its place, and every place had its thing … life imitates art … even when it doesn’t appear to … and in mine … I can’t find where I put my watch!

Sources

Tweed Regional Gallery  http://artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/MargaretOlleyArtCentre

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/kind-fearless-and-a-big-heart-20110726-1hyly.html#ixzz40P4mBRQ2

Life Imitates Art