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A wandering word-hoard #1

Sometimes there is no word to describe what you feel, see or experience within the natural landscape, with all its infinite subtleties. Here are twelve examples of words I’ve created in an attempt to define such moments in nature.

brockenflee – to hasten one’s step to reach a point or destination quickly; a hurried badger-like gait

cryve – a crow-bomb or crow-dive

ghost-glow – spectral light reflecting over a dark or stormy sky

grinkle – a smile resulting from an exploration of texture, such as running your hands down the bark of a tree or admiring the imperfections on a burr

krocken – human-like features in the geographical landscape

rainglow – light shining through rain

rēnline – when rain falls hard, in long lines

sipweid – to savor (or sip) what you know or what you see

timber-tide – organic material left on a surface after the retreat of water

tree-fret – mist amongst trees

tree-swell –  the sound of wind blowing through trees, resembling the sound of the sea

vista-thwack – the feeling of awe when taking in a scenic view for the first time

My word-hoard was inspired and encouraged by Landmarks, a book written by Robert Macfarlane, ‘a meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two.’ 


Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words.’


On Monday evening I ventured over to Roseberry Topping in anticipation of the ‘Supermoon’. Due to pass closer to the Earth than it has done in over 68 years, the moon was expected to be noticeably bigger and brighter than usual.

Finding a suitable spot to watch from on Roseberry Common, I waited.

At first, only a glimmer of light could be seen on the horizon. Then, rising, the light grew more intense, more vivid and slipped slowly into the sky. Unfortunately, the cloudy conditions hampered any clear views of the moon itself but nevertheless, it was still quite a sight to watch. With the cloud scattering the light, it reminded me of a sunrise. A moonrise.


Later in the evening, after returning home, the cloud did momentarily clear and I watched the naked moon for a short spell from my back doorstep. It settled in the open sky and the moonlight fell into my small garden, creating moonshadow.


Before I returned inside from the cold, I grabbed my binoculars and took an even closer look. My circular vision basked briefly in the glory of the white light and the detail of the moonscape.

The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light.
– Tahereh Mafi


West Highland Way – PART 1

PART 1 – Milngavie to Bridge of Orchy (58 miles)


DAY 1 – Sat 22nd October

Milngavie to Garadhban Forest (14 miles)

DAY 2 – Sun 23rd October

Garadhban Forest to Rowardennan (12 miles)

DAY 3 – Mon 24th October

Rowardennan to Inverarnan (13.5 miles)

DAY 4 – Tue 25th October

Inverarnan to Tyndrum (12 miles)

DAY 5 – Wed 26th October

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy (6.5 miles)

West Highland Way (Day 5)

DAY 5 – Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy (6.5 miles)