Eilean Donan Castle

You surely can imagine how much we fairies like castles. Do you know why? We like to chat with ghosts. So we went utterly excited towards the bridge to Skye, where we visited the dream-castle Eilean Donan. It’s the most photographed point in the whole of Scotland.



We were afraid that most of it was taken away from all this picture-taking. We wanted to meet the ghost of poor Alexander Mackenzie, Chief of Kintail, who was condemned to go to school because he was taking part in a revolt in the 15. c. But, as we suspected, all the tourist had chased him away.

Ihr könnt euch sicher vorstellen, dass wir Feen Burgen lieben. Wisst ihr warum? Wir unterhalten uns gerne mit Geistern. Also fuhren wir aufgeregt zur Brücke zur Insel Skye, wo das Traumschloss Eilean Donan liegt. Es gehört zu den meist fotografierten Motiven Schottlands. Wir waren schon ganz bange, dass alles wegfotografiert wurde. Den Geist des armen Alexander Mackenzie, den Chief of Kintail, wollten wir treffen, der wegen eines Aufstands im 15. Jh. dazu verurteilt worden war, eine Schule zu besuchen. Aber ach, wie befürchtet, hatten die Touristen ihn längst verjagt.

We were blown away by this castle which is situated on an island in Loch Duich. You can only reach it over a bridge. The original castle was built as a stronghold against the Vikings who made themselves unpopular. The today’s castle is from the early 20. c. After the old castle was blasted in the 18. c. the ruins were bought by John MacRae who had a dream how this castle had looked like and rebuild it respectively. You see how productive dreams can be.

Dennoch waren wir hin und weg von diesem schottischen Neuschwanstein, das romantisch auf einer Insel im Loch Duich, nur über eine Brücke erreichbar, liegt. Die ursprüngliche Burg wurde als Befestigung gegen die Wikinger erbaut, die sich unbeliebt gemacht hatten. Die heutige Burg stammt aus dem Beginn des 20. Jh. Nachdem sie im 18. Jh. gesprengt worden war, erwarb die Ruine J. MacRae, der träumte, wie diese Burg ausgesehen hat und ließ sie entsprechend aufbauen. Ihr seht, wie produktiv Träume sind.

Dear Dina was utterly taken aback. She started photographing from the car while driving. That was quite dangerous, so we Bookfayries hurried to assist and redirect the traffic.

Dinalein war nicht mehr zu halten; sie begann bereits beim Fahren wie wild zu knipsen. Echt gefährlich, da sie sich hinreißen ließ, mit ihrer Rechten zu fahren und der Linken zu knipsen. Wir waren voll damit beschäftig, den Verkehr für sie umzuleiten.

Completely done we flew to the high main building meeting Robert the Bruce in a secret chamber. Do you know his story? The tale is being captured he saw a spider which, hanging on its yarn, tried to swing onto a beam. The spider tried 6 times in vain. Robert decided if the spider will reach the beam the next time he would go on fighting for Scotland’s freedom, if not he would give up. As Robert, as we suppose, had a command of spider-language the spider succeeded cheered by him. – We wanted to draw the secret of the spider language from him. Since meeting him we talk to the spiders too.

Völlig fertig flatterten wir ins hohe Haupthaus, wo wir im geheimen Zimmer Robert the Bruce trafen. Es geht die Sage, dass Robert als Gefangener eine Spinne sah, die, vom Fenster an einem Faden hängend, sich zu einem Balken schwingen wollte. 6mal versuchte sie es vergebens. Robert schwor, würde es ihr beim 7. Mal gelingen, wollte er weiterhin für Schottlands Freiheit kämpfen, wenn nicht, wollte er aufgeben. Da Robert wohl die Spinnensprache beherrschte, gelang es ihr, von ihm heiß angefeuert. – Wir wollten ihm das Geheimnis der Spinnensprache entlocken und seit unserem Treffen können wir mit Spinnen sprechen – das ist keine Spinnerei!

Liebe Grüße
Siri und Selma, die cleveren Buchfeen

 

© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea, 2017

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  1. Simply the Name of this castle is producing Cinema Widescape in my phantasy. Yes, fairies love to talk with ghosts, this I can heartly confirm! Fairies talk with all and all is breathing and left with soul. What this old castle had seen! What stories could it tell? And the ghosts were with you, silent, they are busy, as their ghost job is to keep the invisible spirit of houses in memory and bring it to other souls. Ah, you know, sometimes the ghosts are happy to meet someone they can a Little Bit frighten and sometimes they are quiet like misty winds. Thank you for this enchanting post of scotland.
    Many greetings from Teutoburger Wald from the Karfunkelfee🍃✨

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    • Good morning, dear Karfunkelfee 🍃✨
      thanks for your really GREAT commentary 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      The ghosts do a very good job at Eilean Donan, they lure so many folks into the castle and those, who need it, are made a bit frightened that they have to tell something exciting being at home again. Actually we have been twice at Eilean Donan on our journey. The first time the ghosts of the castle were on a walkout hiding in the misty winds from the western islands. They were fed up with the tourists. But as it was utterly boring just hiding in the mist they went back to work. Now they are frightening the visitor much more then before and got a bonus for excellent frightening skills from the Scottish Tourist Board. The Tourist Board had to do this because operators of ghost trains offered them a hell of a great contract.
      With lots of love from the sunny village next the big sea
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • I missed to Thank you for the fine posting, also to Dina’s beautiful pics. She done it: spelling this magic into the picture and from one of the towels I mean to see some phantom with a big smile. Ghosts are able to push deep frights in to the top, the head. A Secret is, to ask them for their story. Suddenly they forget their Buh! for a friendly: Hello, and what about your truth?
      Then they switch their spirit into the memory and there it remain in a castle with a personality and some soul.
      Thanks for your sunny greetings, here we have brightness at all, today especially.
      A flock of summer to you Fab’s✨

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    • What a lovely, lovely comment, thanks you so much for your kind words, dear Karfunkelfee!💫⭐️🌟✨ 🙂 The Secret is great💕, what a splendid idea to fight the ghost and the own fright in this way – and it obviously works. 🙂 I’d like to see the ghost switch to tell the story its life. Could it be that there’s narcissistic part in every ghost?
      Warm summer ☀️ greetings from 🇳🇴,
      Dina x
      and the rest of the gang in Cley 🚶👭⭐️🌟✨

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    • Hi, dear Karfunkelfee
      this from fairy to fairy:
      Ghost are amazingly talkative, as hardly anybody is talking to them as people are frightened. But fairies are different, they are not frightened, and therefore the ghosts love them. And we fairies love them back and this is what it is all about: We all want to be loved!
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • …ah…your Last words and yes: fearless fairies…in ghost worlds, but in human worlds fairies are vulnerable beings, fragile lightweights, this also are fairies…a heart full fine and sunnyglitterdust to you and I Hope very much that I have written all words correct, my English is a little rusty, but I love writing in it…hm…☺️

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    • I Love your posts. They are so full of impression, information and your soulful pics. My acknowledge of ghosts base to an idea of a perhaps…but I believe, that all souls need contact. Maybe some more some less but they show me, that all is connected with the universe. Narcisstic parts are necessary to protect and survive. Everyone has some but too much of them are something what is ill or frightened, or not? I believe, that ghosts are lost senses, memoried senses and a Kind of Energy, that flows invisible between dimensions. The frighetened ghosts, the little ghosts an such which have to tell some mad or dark story, Maybe to avoid a repeat…?😉

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    • To ask is always the way to learn the magic, isn’t it?! In most schools of Sufism the student has to ask as the only way that the teacher will tell him something. That was with Master’s Gurdjieff teacher the same.
      Asking is the key with ghosts as with teachers.
      Happy summertime
      The Fab Four of Cley ❤ xxx

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    • Good morning, dear Karfunkelfee
      your English is brilliant! Don’t worry 🙂
      Well, these ghosts … Like fairies it all depends what you understand as being ghosts. Just by accident I found this quote looking for a certain paragraph in James Joyce’s “Ulysses”. Stephen Daedalus, the Intellectual protagonist, is speaking:
      “What is a ghost? One who has faded into impalpability, through death, through absence, through change of manners.”
      Well, ghost and fairies are within as they are our projections into the outside world. They are quite often like misty winds as say.
      With lots of love and finest fairy dust
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Wise Ulysses…wise wide words….I never read the whole book…found I was to stupid to understand it well but if I read such words, yes, it is like this and how you think about the connections between fairies and ghosts…
      …yes❣️✨
      Enchanted greetings from the summerside of life and Thank you for pushing and motivating me to find the courage writing in english.🦋

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    • Interesting what YOU writing about ghosts. It made me think that ghosts are a kind of surplus narcissistic energy. The Ego can’t let got, even after being dead. Actually I would call this “super-narcissism”, a narcissism beyond life.
      Warm greeting to the Teutoburger Wald
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • Maybe These narcissism ghosts which speak loudly but what about the quite one’s you only can feel? I never met a ‘real’ ghost with a loud human voice frightening me. There exist many Kind of ghosts, or not?Those transparent ones or humans, missing life’s quality…for a very long time …
      narcissism is a very long and difficult word…uff…
      …and warm greetings to you✨

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    • Dear Karfunkelfee 🍃✨
      concerning reading “Ulysses”: There is always the question “what is understanding?”. I don’t think that one reads modern and post-modern literature to understand it, the reader rather goes with the flow, opens up to be inspired, lets his or her mind go wandering. And never forget that literature is written to entertain (Brecht stressed this side of liteature very much).
      A couple of years ago we have been to Dublin on Joyce’s tracks. We loved it 🙂 And now I just read about Joyce in Knausgaard’s new novel “Kämpfen” (which I read in German). He writes quite cleverly about Hamsun, Faulkner and Joyce (about Joyce page 452ff. in the German edition).
      Anyway, wishing you a GREAT weekend, I will now disappear to our garden
      Klausbernd 🙂 xx

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    • Well, we agree. There are loud and silent ghosts, subtle ones and toughies. They just reflect the different human characters. And we Bookfayries can been seen as subtle, well educated and clever ghosts.
      Fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma
      writing from Master’s computer, as he is in the garden

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    • I agree, the name itself is magic✨🌟⭐️💫 It’s soft and majestic Eileeeeaaan Dooooonan … take a breath, make a bow and go klick klick 📷📷📷📷📷 🙂
      Proofs how important it’s to choose the right the name for whatever’s close to your heart. There was no doubt about our choice for Siri & Selma👭.:-)
      The name of our house in Cley is Rhu Sila, not chosen by us, but equally loved.☺️ 💕

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    • Ich schreibe jetzt mal deutsch, weil ich mich auf etwas beziehe, das ich gerade in Deutsch lese. Karl Ove Knausgaard widmet in seinem neuen Roman “Kämpfen” den ganzen zweiten Teil “Der Name und die Zahl” (ab S. 437) der Bedeutung der Namen. Es geht um die Namen in der Literatur bei Hamsun – namenlos bleibt der Held in “Hunger” – Thomas Mann und Joyce, die beschreibende Namen benutzen, Faulkner, Celan und einigen anderen. Der Name ist ja ein Unterscheidungsmerkmal. Er ist so etwas wie die Visitenkarte “nomen est omen”, aber auch etwas Magisches, etwas, das andere nicht wissen dürfen wie in der Literatur von Nixen, beim Schwanenritter und Rumpelstielzchen. Mit dem Namen wird eine Realität beschworen, er ist sinngebend. Und es ist ja nicht nur seine Bedeutung sondern auch sein Klang, wie schon Dina so anschaulich beschreibt. Den Doppelnamen wohnt schon seit eh eine besondere Würde inne wie bei Eilean Donan und dann der alte Sprachstand des schottisch Gälischen, der diese Würde noch erhöht.
      Das nur als kleine klügelnde Anmerkung.
      Ein wunderschönes Wochenende euch
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • Also, der Knausgård ist doch klasse. Einer der klügsten Köpfe in der zeitgenössischen Literatur. Sehr schön beschrieben von euch beiden! 🙂
      Dina xxx

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    • Ich mag Deine klügelnden Anmerkungen, ganz lieben Dank!Knausgard las ich auch noch nicht, also da habe ich einiges vor, denn mit Namen, ihrer Bedeutung für ihre Träger, beschäftige ich mich nur zu gern. Ein Name hat Macht. Die gälische Sprache klingt schon so magisch und sie ist so weich und klangvoll!
      Ich bleibe also dicht am Thema Namen dran, es ist ein sehr spannendes und auch schönes.
      Herzliche Grüße aus dem heute sehr sommerlichen Teuto.
      Ist Glühwürmchenzeit…🤗

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    • For us Knausgaard is be far the most clever and sophisticated writer we read for many years. He inspires, makes the reader think and transports lots of infos in his novels – especially in the 6 books of “Min Kamp”.
      Have a happy and wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • oh, solche Schande, leider habe ich hier noch keine Glühwürmchen gesehen. Siri und Selma würden sooooo gerne welche sehen. Ob’s am Meer zu windig dafür ist?
      Wie hier WordPress unsere Replies ordnet, ist mir völlig dunkel; blöd ist es allemal.
      Bis dann
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • @ Kb,
      wenn deine Antwort unmittelbar unter dem Kommentar, den du gerade beantwortest, erscheinen soll, dann machst du das am besten im Adm. Feld/Dashboard unter Kommentare, klick reply – und nicht auf Home. Direkt auf dem Blog zu antworten macht nur Sinn, wenn nur einen Kommentar von einem Blogger erscheint. Bei einem langen Thread wie hier, landet immer der letzte Kommentar im Thread hinten/unten, egal ob du etwas weiter oben beantwortest. Jetzt macht meinen Kommentar genau so wenig Sinn, wie das Erscheinungsbild der Kommentare, aber ich wenigstens, weiß was ich gemeint habe … 😉 Deutsch ist manchmal sehr schwer.

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    • …ich würde Euch so gern ein paar schicken, doch muss sie erst einmal suchen und finden…es braucht dazu Nächte über zwanzig Grad, sonst können sie nicht aufsteigen. Ich finde das mit den Antworten auch total bluna. Wer soll das noch verstehen können? Doch irgendwie kann man es doch, oder? Es geht aufeinander ein, da kann WordPress ruhig mit unseren Kommentaren jonglieren. Habt einen schönen Sonntag, Ihr Vier. Glühwürmchengrüße aus dem Teuto…

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    • DANKE im Voraus! 🙂 🙂
      Wir freuen uns schon SEHR auf die Glühwürmchen.
      Mit lieben Grüßen von der sonnigen Küste Nord Norfolks, die nach Regen lechzt. Könntest du bitte Regen mitschicken, das wäre megalieb 🙂
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Ach, der Regen passt doch ganz gut zu dieser Burg. Da überkommt einen gleich die Vorstellung vom romantischen Schottland, Lucia di Lammermoor etc.
      Danke, dass dir unsere Post gefällt.
      Mach’s gut, liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  2. This is the perfect place for a ghost! Water all around and what a dramatic, beautiful setting. You girls must have been very busy redirecting the traffic. 🙂 Lovely to see Dina on a photo (even if it’s only her back).
    This weekend is the major holiday weekend. As I’m allergic to the heavy traffic, I left for my stuga already yesterday. So peaceful and quiet here.
    Wishing you a wonderful summer,
    kram, Annalena x

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    • Good morning, dear Annalena,
      here everyone waits for their holidays which start in about 3 weeks. Today a month-long exhibition of modern art starts here in Cley, Cley17 it’s called (well, the exhibition is more creative than its name!) – but that doesn’t cause traffic jams 😉
      Siri and Selma were VERY busy redirecting all the traffic but with Dina photographing and driving it was too a big danger for every driver on the road. They even got a BIG thank you from the local police.
      With lots of love from our sunny village next the big sea
      The Fab Four of Cley xxxx
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • We can tell you, our dear friend, redirecting all these tourists was quite hard work! But we had to guard our beloved Dina. She forgets everything else when photographing and therefore she needs us as her guarding-fairies.
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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  3. Der Bericht ist sehr amüsant und unterhaltsam geschrieben. Die Fotos dazu sind auch gut gelungen, vor allem die, wo das schottische Wetter durch die Wetterwolken so richtig schön zur Geltung kommen.
    Vielen Dank dafür!!!

    G. l. G. Jochen

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    • Danke für deinen lobenden Kommentar. Als klassisch narzisstische Blogger nähren wir uns vom Lob wie die Geister vom Schreck der Leute 😉
      Ja, zu Beginn unserer Reise war das Wetter echt schottisch, später wurde es mehr wie am Mittelmeer.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen von der sonnigen Küste Nord-Norfolks nach Berlin
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  4. It screams Scotland, doesn’t it? Or maybe whispers so the ghosts don’t hear. Is there a more charismatic sight, and the pair of you have done it justice. I love that first image of Hanne at work. 🙂 🙂

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  5. Liebe Dina, lieber Klausbernd, da habt ihr noch mehr die Lust in mir geweckt auch mal nach Schottland zu fahren. Tolle Bilder von Dir liebe Dina und Klausbernd hat alles so spannend dargestellt, dasss ich heute Nacht sicherlich von Gespenstern träumen werde.Ganz liebe Grüße an Euch Beide!

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    • Hallihallo, lieber Konrad
      es ist voll lustig nach Schottland zu fahren, selbst ohne uns lieblustigen Buchfeen. Sollen wir dir als Kostprobe ein paar nette Geisterchen senden? Masterchen besorgten wir vor einiger Zeit auch ein paar Hilfsgeister, die für die Inspiration zuständig sind. Das sind zwar besonders verrückte Wesen, aber das bringt eben ihre Kreativität mit sich.
      DANKE!
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Mach das mal, Konrad! Meine Familie braucht dringend Urlaub von mir. Spricht also nichts dagegen, dass Du mich mitnimmst. Könnte Dir Deine Fotoausrüstung hinterher schleppen (oh mein Gott, hoffentlich übernehme ich mich da nicht gerade …) 😀

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    • Sag mal, liebe sportliche Mrs. Flummi,
      du bist ja so etwas wie my personal trainer … 😉
      hast du so eine Fitbit Uhr? Meine Schwägerin hat eins und ist begeistert …
      Herzliche Grüße aus 🇳🇴,
      Dina-Hanne x

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    • Ja, liebe Marianne, du hast recht. Im Spam! Ich habe keine Ahnung was WP sich dabei denkt, wahrscheinlich passiert’s, weil das Denken ausgeschaltet und der Scanner eingeschaltet wird. Du bist befreit.
      Hei-hei. 🙂

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    • Ich bin Dir ja soooo dankbar! Schön war es da nicht, in diesem Spam-Ordner! 😉
      Mag ja sein, dass der WP-Scanner bemerkt hat, dass während des Verfassens des Kommentars mein Denken schon reichlich ausgeschaltet war und hat deshalb vorsorglich … ? Egal, ich habe meine Freiheit wieder! *oink oink*

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    • Liebe Mrs. Flummi-Swummi,
      nee, nee du Unermüdliche, bei dir schaltet sich das Denken niemals ab, so flott wie du unterwegs bist, bleibt auch dein Denken geschmeidig.😂😂😂

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    • Lieber Konrad,
      ich war ja schon als Jüngling nach Schottland zu einer Nenn-Tante geschickt worden und war bereits mit 14 völlig fasziniert von diesem grandiosen Land. Später lebte ich für ein halbes Jahr in Elgin bei Inverness und immer wollte ich mal an der Westküste gen Norden fahren. Dass es so toll sein würde, hätte ich nicht gedacht. Wir werden sicher noch einmal dort hinfahren und besonders den hohen Norden Schottlands heimsuchen. Aber, wie schon gesagt, man muss die Ferienzeit wegen Touristen und Midgets unbedingt meiden.
      Alles Liebe Astrid und dir
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Liebe Mrs Fummi, liebe Dina
      ich bin zwar leidlich fit, aber ganz und unsportlich. Schon in der Schule bekam ich es mit Hilfe meiner Mutter hin, vom Sport befreit zu sein. Also ob ich mich zum Sherpa eigne, wage ich zu bezweifeln. Meine Fähigkeiten liegen eher im plaudernden Flanieren oder in der Unterhaltung bei den Bergwanderungen, wo ich zusammen mit Siri & Selma die schönsten Rastplätze finde.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen vom sommerlich warmen Cley
      Klausbernd 🙂 xxx

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    • @Kb
      Deswegen wirst du ja auch gebraucht❣️😊 Für deine schönplaudernden Fähigkeiten und unterhaltsame Geschichten und deine besonnene Art, das Tempo zu entschleunigen.🤗 👣👣🌹

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    • Liebe Dina-Hanne,

      eine Fitbit habe ich nicht. Allerdings hatte ich – weil ich neugierig war – mal so einen Activity Tracker vom Discounter. Klar, der kann nicht so viel, aber um mal abzuchecken, ob das war für mich ist, war der ganz gut. Während der ersten Wochen fand ich das interessant. Ich liebe Kurven, Diagramme, Auswertungen (wenn man es messen könnte, interessierte mich sogar die Zahl der Läuse, die mir über die Leber … ach nee, andere Baustelle). Spannend fand ich auch den Schlaf zu verfolgen, und ob es morgens eine Überstimmung der Ausschläge mit den Träumen gab. Wenn es klappte, habe ich nachts, wenn ich einen Traum hatte, im Halbschlaf die Uhrzeit notiert. Ja, manchmal habe ich mich damit dann auch gestresst und der Schlaf hat gelitten, wie ich dann auch auf dem Tracker ablesen konnte. Whoohoo, dat Dingens funktioniert ja??!
      Ich glaube, gekippt ist das ganze Interesse als ich merkte. Hoppla, ich will alles wissen, alles tracken, zu jeder Zeit. Mist, bleibt keine Zeit zum Laden des Akkus! Und so eine undichte Larifari-Auswertung … nöö, macht keine Laune. Irgendwann war der Akku leer … und blieb leer. (Muss dringend mal schauen, wo dieses Ladeteilchen gelandet ist … *hüstel*)
      Was die Motivation anbelangt, zu der es so manche:m verhilft: Ja, anfangs will man halt Daten reinkriegen und ich habe dann paar Kilometer mehr gemacht. Okay, das Ding war zu ungenau, das war unbefriedigend.
      Aber weißte was? Ich bin jetzt voll scharf auf eine Fitbit 🤣 –> 🛒 –> 💃🏼

      Ob Dir das jetzt aber geholfen hat? 😉

      Liebe Grüße – Marianne

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    • Ja, es hat geholfen, sehr sogar, lieben Dank dir. Also, so ein schickes Fitbit Blaze wäre perfekt für dich.:-) Das App präsentiert alle Infos die du brauchst, sammelt, wertet aus, zeigt dir Stärken und Schwächen. Für jemand der Motivation braucht ist es toll, man wird automatisch auf Bewegung gepolt. Fitbit zeigt dir viele Treppenstufen du steigst, wie weit du von deinem Ziel bist und überhaupt alles, was du im App programmierst. Aber deswegen brauchst du es nicht, du bist ja bereits hochmotiviert 🙂 du kannst es einfach tragen und den Kopf frei halten, Fitbit sammelt und rechnet für dich, erstellt Tag/Wochen/Monatstabellen und Kurven, Herzfrequenz, Kalorienverbrauch und viel mehr. Im App wird alles gesammelt und ausgewertet und so präsentiert, dass du nur das Ergebnisfoto dem Blog posten könntest.
      Da Klausbernd eher antisportlich, aber doch genüsslich sich nicht wenig bewegt, haben mir Siri und Selma mir leise zugeflüstert, dass solch eine Uhr möglicherweise einen Stressfaktor für die Beziehung wäre.;-)

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    • Dear Melanie
      actually we like this humidity that’s normal for Scotland. But we had it only on the beginning of our journey. There it was ideal for us, chilly, misty and some showers. As further north we got as warmer the weather was, boring blue skies and nearly too hot for us. Nevertheless we liked the north so much that we’ll soon go up there again.
      Thanks, wishing you a happy day
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Danke, Lieschen Müller – deinen Blognamen finden wir prima! 🙂
      Also, liebe Annette, schön, dass dir unsere Fotos gefallen.
      Mit lieben Grüßen vom sonnigen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  6. Tolle Geschichte! Faszinierendes Spinnenorakel! My Castle is my Home…ich finde Dina sieht super aus auf den Fotos!
    Diese Bilder bringen mein Blut in Wallung, so schön!
    Ein Zeitfenster in die Vergangenheit….
    Gleich habe ich Gesangstunde mit Ekaterina, Foggy Day singen wir…es steppt der Bär dazu…
    Nur noch schnell liebste Grüße an die Buchfeen, very well done!

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    • Danke, liebe Pia!
      Feines Singen. The foggy days are magical ones!
      Ja, das ist volle Schottland-Romantik, leicht dunkel wie bei Donizettis “Lucia di Lammermoore”, aber auch fröhlich 🙂
      Habe ein wunderbares Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  7. Hach, Robert the Bruce und die Spinne, köstlich. Und angesichts des wunderschönen Motivs, das auf Dina wartete, wäre es kein Wunder gewesen, wenn sie nicht schon bei Loch Ness angefangen hätte zu fotografieren. Beeindruckende Bilder, die Lust machen, sich gen schottischen Norden aufzumachen.

    Liebe Grüße an die fab four

    Achim

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    • Lieber Achim,
      Loch Ness fanden wir sooo fürchterlich touristisch, umgeben vom übelsten Touristennepp, dass wir ihn quasi flohen, allerdings nicht nachdem wir bei schönsten Wetter eine längere Bootsfahrt auf dem See gemacht hatten.
      Wir finden, es wird großartig mit Glencoe, worüber wir im nächsten Blog u.a. berichten werden. Loch Ness hat noch nicht diese nördliche Herbheit, er ähnelt eher dem Lake District, wenn er auch längst nicht so schön und zugänglich ist. Als Reiseziel kann man die ganze Gegend um Loch Ness vergessen, finden wir.
      Danke für deinen Kommentar 🙂
      Mit lieben Grüße vom sonnigen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  8. The second treatment of the photo, with the dark skies, and the blue of the flag standing out, that’s a truly great shot.
    You might have given your fans something other than the back of Dina’s head though, KB!
    Bruce’s ‘spider moment’ is supposed to have happened in a cave at Lintalee, but I like your version too. If I could talk to spiders, I would tell them not to come into our house and scare Julie.
    Love from Beetley, Pete and Ollie. X

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    • Dear Pete
      well, like our beloved Bookfayries Dina likes to be mysterious. She is very Jewish or even Islamic in this respect. No pictures or images are allowed to be made of her, like a little goddess 😉
      The spider-story surely is a yarn as the spider was hanging on one 😉 Siri and Selma were told by Bruce that it actually took place there, but what’s space …
      We were told that spiders in the house are a sign of a good climate inside. Rationalisation?
      Anyway … With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  9. Dear Fairies. It’s a wonderful ‘outing’ you’ve been to in Scotland and it confirms my intuition, I have to visit Scotland. Pictures and text are wonderful and inspiring ❤
    Love, Hanna

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    • Dear Hanna
      for us Scotland is fairy land with its old castles, all the ruins, the lochs and misty mountains. It’s a fairy paradise.
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Dear Eddie
      thank you very much.
      Usually it’s quite hard to communicate with spiders, isn’t it? But Siri & Selma learned it quite well. Now they are trying to weave a spider web net for catching mosquitoes. Since we allow spiders to have nets in some corners of our house flies are no more a problem any longer.
      Lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  10. 🙂 What a humorously entertaining narrative to the fabulous pics! 🙂
    You know, Stephen King has this thing about spiders. He should visit this spidery castle, but I suppose he doesn’t like traveling and he is probably too busy writing anyhow …
    We want more posts like this, Fab Four! 🙂
    Sarah x

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    • My friend (who is also an avid SK reader) and I have always laughed about his obsession with 🕷🕷🕷spiders. We find them funny-silly as giant protagonists. 🕷🕸 The end of “It” was a letdown for us both.

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    • Aha, another Stepehn King fan! 🙂 The Stephen King Illustrated Companion has an interesting sidebar about various spiders in his works. 🕷🕷🕷 (forgive me for copying your 🕷🕷🕷, love them!) 🙂

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    • Dear Sarah
      thank you very much!
      We didn’t know that about Stephen King. We actually like to read his books and are proud of having all of his novels in our library 🙂
      There are more post like this to come …
      With lots of love ❤
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Paul
      we have to look at the end of IT – we cannot remember it.
      Here seems to be the SK fan corner 😉
      Happy week’s end
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  11. Fab Four of Cley,
    This castle is beautiful, especially situated on that island such as it is! But tell me, who took the photos of Dina as she photographed the castle?
    Always great to see your travels. I never fail to learn from my dear friends.
    GP Cox

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    • Dear GP Cox
      that day Dina had some problems with the memory card in her big camera and so Dina took her and my pictures for the blog.
      I think Dina should appear on some pictures too – and if she wants to stay mysteriously then I show her back at least.
      In the next blog we will go further north …
      Thank you very much, our dear friend, for your kind words.
      Have a wonderfull week’s end
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  12. Wenn ich das hier so betrachte, bekomme ich wieder Hoffnung … Nachdem wir die Cinque Terre gesehen haben, schien mir jedes (für uns erreichbare) Reiseziel nicht mehr ganz so reizvoll, nicht die Mühen einer Reise wert. Klar, man darf halt nicht immer vergleichen, dann geht es glücklich weiter. Die Cinque Terre als Maßstab lässt sich dennoch schlecht abschütteln. Die Fotos hier nun zeigen, da könnte ja noch etwas auf uns warten, das meinen überhöhten Erwartungen gerecht wird.
    Wirklich schöne Aufnahmen. Das helle, vom Wind bewegte Haar, gefällt mir auch gut als Vordergrund.
    Hihi, habe gelacht, bei der Stelle mit dem Verkehr umleiten. Jaaa, so muss das!!

    Weiter so! Macht Spaß.
    Tschaui – die olle Flummi gibt mal wieder Gas und schwingt sich aufs Rad 🚀 (dochdoch, Emoji passt!)

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    • Naja, liebe Marianne, es gibt noch Vieles Schönes auf der Welt. Neben dem hohen Norden Schottlands hat mir die NO-Küste Grönlands gut gefallen und auch Jan Mayen und Svalbard, die Fjorde Norwegens und …
      In Schottland kommt Natur und Kultur zusammen, beides gefällt uns gut. Es gibt gemütliche Hotels, du siehst mich in meinem Instagram-Konto in einem am Kamin sitzen (in Scourie, Northern Highlands), atemberaubende Sraßen und Wanderwege, Whisky Brennereien und leckeren frischen Fisch, um nur einiges zu nennen. Die baumlosen Orkneys sind voller vorzeitiger Steinsetzungen und bestechen durch karge Schönheit.
      Ich werde jetzt mal gleich zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung für zeitgenössische Kunst zu unserer Kirche schlendern. Mit dem Gas geben hab ich’s gar nicht, ich bin eher der Flamierer im Stil von Walter Benjamin.
      Dann mach’s mal gut und fall nicht vom Rad.
      Ganz liebe Grüße vom sonnigen Meer
      Klausbernd

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    • Hey, lieber Klausbernd, vom Rad geflogen bin ich erst kürzlich. Deshalb habe ich meine Fahrradklingel jetzt auf volle Lautstärke gestellt. Wenn ich spätabends vom Sport komme, freuen sich die Hauseigentümer an unübersichtlichen Knotenpunkten, kann man doch die Uhr nach meinem lauten Klingeln stellen.
      Yep, das Bild mit dem Kamin habe ich gesehen. Habe es später Mike gezeigt und wir waren uns einig: passt perfekt zu Klausbernd. 🙂

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    • Also, liebe Marianne,
      ist das nicht Sucht, dieses Bemühen um Fitness? Wir Buchfeen finden, die größte Krankheitsursache ist heute die Fitnesswelle.
      Also, take it easy, all dieses Bemühen um Fitness macht doch nur unattraktiv!
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Ihr lieben Buchfeen,
      längst schon wollte ich einen Beitrag dazu schreiben, wie ich zum Sport kam (der langweilige Arbeitstitel “Von der Dickmadam zur Hobbyathletin” 😉 ). Vermutlich werden es mehrere Beiträge. Eure Frage will ich in einem dieser geplanten Beiträge beantworten). Habe Antrieb bekommen, aus den losen Fäden im Kopf eine erste schriftliche Struktur herauszuarbeiten. 💃 (Ihr werdet ein leises Glöckchen hören, sobald das online geht

      Aber wisst ihr, worauf ich jetzt gerade Lust habe? Zum Trimm-Dich-Pfad zu rennen! Dort habe ich vor nicht langer Zeit eine Hangelstation entdeckt. Kennt ihr bestimmt: Sprossen oder Stangen, an denen man sich voran und zugleich aufwärts hangeln kann. Endlich kann ich es wieder und fühle mich wie ein Kind, das ständig hin will, um sich erneut daran zu erproben; aus einer Lust an genau dieser Bewegung heraus. Ich liebe dieses ganz spezielle Gefühl, wenn die Muskulatur geschmeidig wird und zu arbeiten beginnt. Die einzelnen Muskelstränge geradezu in ihrer Bewegung zu fühlen, eins mit diesen zu werden. Ich liebe das Gefühl, wenn die Mind Muscle Connection gelingt – das hat fast etwas Erotisches. Easier geht kaum noch.

      Yep, das “Bemühen um” Fitness finde ich auch nicht soo attraktiv. Ist aber, meiner Erfahrung nach, anfangs nicht zu umgehen, falls man lange nicht aktiv war. Ist trotzdem nichts, wofür man sich schämen müsste, ganz im Gegenteil! 🦉

      In diesem Sinne, haut rein ihr Lieben 🤹 🦋
      Marianne

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    • P.S.
      Das windbewegte Haar ist eine literarische Anspielung an Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, die beschreibt, wie sie an der Meersburg ihr Haar im Wind flattern lässt. Das ist für sie ein Bild der Freiheit.

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    • Das will ich glauben, von wegen Bild der Freiheit. Jedes Mal nämlich, wenn ich mit dem Rad losfahre, setzte ich seit dem Unfall einen Fahrradhelm auf. Und es ist ein äußerst unangenehmes Gefühl, weil die Haare nicht mehr im (Fahrt-)Wind flattern. Der Helm kommt ja eh einem Kopfgefängnis gleich. Anfangs bekam ich Nackenschmerzen, weil sich alles in mir gegen diese Einengung sträubte. Aber der Unfall war einfach zu krass und ich will meinen Schutzengel ja nicht überstrapazieren.

      Also, Du liegst mit Deiner Entschleunigung sicher nicht verkehrt und wohltuend für die Mitmenschen ist das auch. Dina hat das ja schon schön in Worte gefasst. 👍

      Ganz liebe Grüße – Marianne

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    • Marianne, ich finde es toll, dass du nach so einem schlimmen Unfall immer noch gerne mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs bist.(Klausbernd schüttelt jetzt bestimmt den Kopf. Pssss …komm näher, weißt du eigentlich, dass er nicht Fahrrad fahren kann? Ja, echt, so was gibt’s. )

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    • Na ja, Dina, mit dem Fahrrad fahre ich ja vor allem deshalb, weil ich immer zu faul bin, das Auto in der Garage freizuschaufeln – es stehen alle Fahrräder davor. Und weil alle Fahrräder davor stehen, hat mein liebes Masterchen zu beiden Seiten der Motorhaube alles mit einer Decke und einer alten Badematte abgedeckt, damit es keine Kratzer auf dem nachtblauen Lack gibt. Poooohh … Dann müssten die Helme noch beiseite geschafft werden. In der Zeit bin ich längst mit meinem Fahrrad hin und zurück gesaust. 😉

      (Waaaas? 👀 … 🤔 … da bleibt mir ja die Spucke wech!! Habe mir gerade vorgestellt, dass ich ohne Fahrrad meinen Einkauf immer laufend erledigen müsste. Mit Laufrucksack. Oh nee, angenommen, ich holte einen Becher Sahne, so wäre die längst zu Butter geschüttelt, wenn ich zuhause ankäme.

      Hey Klausbernd, hör mal … Das mit dem Radfahren ist gar nicht schlimm! Für unsere Tochter hatten wir früher ein Schatten(!)rad (herrlich, oder?), damit habe ich sie immer mitgezogen. Würde ich Dir anbieten bei einer gemeinsamen Radtour. Oder, noch besser: so ein kleiner Fahrradanhänger, der wie ein kleines buntes Zelte ausschaut, mit einem federnden orangefarbenen Fähnchen nebendran. Du würdest drinsitzen, dich in philosophische Texte versenken und ich würde Dich durch die Gegend gondeln. Na, da biste platt, wa?! (Solange es kein Reifen ist, alles gut) ☀️ 🌳 🌻 Bringt bestimmt viel Spaß! Dina und Konrad fotografieren das alles und schon sind alle glücklich.)

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    • Na, da sind wir gespannt und warten sehnsüchtiglich aufs Klingelchen.
      Übrigens unser Masterchen findet es ziemlich erotisch, schwierige philosophische Texte zu verstehen.
      Unser Fitness-Programm heißt Gartenarbeit.
      Feines Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  13. Geisterhaft schön!!! Ein wahres Traumschloss! Das muss ein unglaublich fantastischer Tag für euch alle gewesen sein! Aber besonders für euch cleveren Buchfeen 😉 Die Fotos sind ‘ne Wucht wie der Berliner sagt! Ganz große Klasse! 😄 Habt vielen lieben Dank dass Ihr Vier uns alle an euren wundervollen Aufenthalt in Schottland teilnehmen lässt! 😄 Ein herrliches Sommerwochenende für euch im Norden! 😄 xxxxx

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    • “Geisterhaft schön” – welch passender Ausdruck! 🙂 Den haben wir uns gleich notiert.
      Wir lassen euch gerne an unserer Reise in den Norden Schottlands teilhaben. Es wird auch noch weitergehen, denn wir sind ja noch nicht richtig im Norden angelangt. Sei gespannt.
      Auch dir ein herrliches Sommerwochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Liebe Sarah
      wir lieben Wortspiele und sind emsige Sammler elegant sinnhafter Wendungen, deren die Literatur heute leider oft entbehrt.
      Also, weiter so, und wir werden deine Fans 😉
      Liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      da habt ihr leider so recht, moderne Literatur lässt da manchmal etwas zu wünschen übrig… Als “Gegenmittel” kann ich da immer nur viktorianische englische Literatur empfehlen 😀
      Wünsch euch ein wundervolles und inspirierendes Wochenende!
      Liebe Grüße! 🙂

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    • Wir können da jedoch eine Ausnahme empfehlen: Die hervorragenden Bücher von Karl Ove Knausgård. Er schrieb ja 6 Bücher über sein Leben und besonders die letzten beiden Bände sind ausgesprochen lesenswert. Die Schilderung des Alltäglichen fast genau wie bei Proust, die mit philosophischen und literaturtheoretischen Reflexionen verbunden werden, bilden einen sehr lesenswerten zeitgenössischen Roman. Der viktorianische Roman ist ja ein Schwelgen in vergangenen Zeiten. Er hat viele Gesichter vom moralischen “Vanity Fair” bis zu den wunderbaren Abenteuern der kleinen Alice. Dickens finde ich heute eher etwas langatmig, naja und die Bronte Sisters …
      Ich habe mich da missverständlich ausgedrückt. Ich liebe nämlich – zusammen mit Siri – postmoderne Romane z.B. Don Lillo, de Vigan & Co. Ich kann sie genießen, seitdem ich mein Leseverhalten oder meine Leseeinstellung änderte. Man muss nicht alles verstehen, man muss die auch nicht von vorne bis hinten lesen. Man nimmt sich heraus, was einen erfreut und liest genau, wo man spontan innehält und aufhorcht. Es ist im Grunde die Widerspiegelung der durch Entfremdung partikularisierten Welt im Gegensatz zur ideologischen Einheit der Viktorianer. Für mich ist da Brecht in seiner theoretischen Schriften einer der Ersten, der diese neuartige Rezeption in seinem epischen Theater erkannt und ausgedrückt hat.
      Um nochmal zu Knausgård zurückzukommen, kann ich besonders den Bd. 6 “Kämpfen” sehr empfehlen, in dem meinem Gefühl nach die Grenze zwischen Roman und Sachbuch aufgehoben wird.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen
      Klausbernd 🙂 und 🙂 Siri Buchfee
      Selma steht wie du voll auf viktorianischen Romane, die sie auf ihrem Regalbrett emsig in schönen Ausgaben sammelt.

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    • Lieber Klausbernd,
      hab vielen herzlichen Dank für deine sehr interessanten Ausführungen und die Buchempfehlung, die ich mit Entzücken gelesen habe! Ich werde unbedingt einen Blick auch Knausgard werfen, deine Begeisterung ist regelrecht ansteckend! 🙂 Ich bin immer auf der Suche nach neuen Autoren und freue mich sehr darauf, sein Werk näher kennenzulernen.
      Vielen Dank nochmal!
      Liebe Grüße an euch alle, aber vor allem auch an Selma, die meine Leidenschaft für´s Viktorianische teilt 😉 ! 🙂

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    • Ja, ja, ich bin hier als die old fashioned Bookfayrie verschrien. Gut, dass ich mit dir eine Verbündete habe, das ist prima!
      Ganz viel Feenhauch vom Besten
      Selma 🙂 die viktorianische Buchfee

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    • Unfortunately Siri and Selma didn’t have time to meet all the ghosts there.
      We keep our fingers crossed that you will see this castle soon.
      Thanks and all the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  15. What great stories you are telling! 🙂 Love the spider story and this dreamlike castle. 5 stars*****. Or like we say in in Norway, terningkast 6.
    Klausbernd, you are a very good photographer! BTW, do you know that spiders have BLUE blood?
    Klem til dere alle,
    ha en fin sommer
    Hjerter ❤

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    • Dear Hjerter ❤
      no, I didn't know that spider have blue blood. So they are nobility, I suppose? Therefore they like living in old castles but at home here as well.
      KLEM xxx
      Klausbernd ❤

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  16. Fantastic. Ready to go, somebody hand me down my claymore. “Dream-castle” is no exaggeration, I’d eat haggis for a month straight to visit this place. The lowering sky, dark water, old stones…wonderfully done, really enchanting shots.

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    • Good afternoon, dear Robert,
      we got into loving to eat haggis, well, except Dina. It wasn’t her food. Did you ever try porridge with a whisky and cream sauce for breakfast?
      Well, the claymore is rusty but Siri and Selma promised to polish it for you. And then you have to wear a kilt and play the bagpipes, of course.
      Thanks and have a great end of the week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • indeed!
      Probably the spiders will take over one day and then we desperately need people like Robert the Bruce speaking spiderish. Fortunately Siri and Selma learned it as well.
      Thanks and cheers
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  17. That camera is certainly being put to good use. And where better than Scotland to do it.
    It’s almost thirty years since I was in up there, and the bits you visited seem not to have changed at all. Dina really put those iron grey skies to great effect, she brings my own trip back as though it were yesterday. Beautiful and inspiring.

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    • But we poor Bookfayries have to carry Dina’s cameras and equippment quite often. We are fairies not Sherpas!
      Finest fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, poor little fairies

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    • Dear Jacqui
      oh dear, 90 years is nothing, quite new actually.
      You will love Eilean Donan. Its foundations date back to the 14th c (well just middle ages, not that old neither – really old buildings you find on the Orkneys, a bit more than 5000 years old)
      Have a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Jacqui
      Hearst castle is fake, has nothing to do with real castles, just pretending. We saw this as well by the way, but weren’t impressed at all. Typical American …
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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  18. So you clever fayries can speak to ghosts AND spiders, such talent! I wish you would whisper to the spiders in my house and ask them nicely to stop creating so many cobwebs! So nice to see Dina in the photos, even from the rear she looks gorgeous, and she’d better watch out because KB’s photos are excellent! I had to look twice to see who the photographer was. Now I am wondering what images Siri and Selma would produce: I assume Dina’s talent must be rubbing off on all of you. I have not been to Eilean Donan castle, it does look so lovely and in such a picturesque location. Scottish castle are very different to English and Welsh ones.

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    • Good morning our dear friend Jude 🙂 🙂
      here in our house we can practise our Spiderish every day. But this is only one side of the coin the other is the action side. Spiders are VERY stubborn, they don’t follow what they are told. We have to be very VERY dictatorial and then they may follow.
      I, the dear Selma Bookfayrie, like to take photographs as well. I learned it from our beloved Dina, but my pictures are that subtle that human eyes can’t see them.
      With finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Haha, I am pretty sure that neither of you have any problems in being dictatorial 😀

      And I am equally sure that Selma’s photos are very magical… 🙂

      Have a lovely weekend girls – I am busy watching the tennis!

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    • I have to check it up, Norwegian telly is much too busy admiring those bikers in France and .. Aaaah, Well done Andy Murray❣️❣️ Phu,that was close! 🙂

      21:58 – Murray ist durch!

      Fognini vergeigt fünf Satzbälle – und Murray macht seinen ersten Matchball. Ass. Puh, da ist die Erleichterung in London groß! In Zahlen: 6:2, 4:6, 6:1, 7:5 – klingt vieeeel klarer, als es am Ende war. Gratulation auch an Fabio Fognini für ein bemerkenswertes Match!

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    • Dear Jude,
      our beloved fairies were faster than we, actually they allways are – not in answering comments only …
      Thank you very much for liking my photos. They are taken with the iPad and a much smaller camera. But Dina was so kind doing the post-production. Well, we all learn from our dear Dina.
      We had the same feeling that the Scottish castle are quite different from the English ones, maybe more ancient – at least in their appearence and the surroundings are adding to it.
      With lots of love from sunny Norfolk and wishing you a GREAT weekend
      Klausbernd 🙂 xx

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    • Good morning, dear Gabe,
      you are very welcome. We asked Siri and Selma to contact their friends, the fluctuating weather fairies, to produce this sky for Dina – and they did!
      With lots of love and have a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Gabe
      THANK YOU 🙂 🙂
      Siri & Selma have an astonishing fairy network, worlds wide and even further. What could we do without them?
      With lots of love ❤ from
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  19. Where do I start? I’m Maren and what I have found here is soooooooo beautiful!!! And funny! I’m preparing my first visit to Scotland next spring and found your post by chance, searching for travel tipps and information. I come from Denmark and my English is not very good, but alright, so I’d love to learn Spiderish. 😉 Actually we wanted to visit Scotland this autumn, but this is too late, all booked. Amazing. How did you get to Scotland, did you take a ferry? Can’t wait to get started now. I adore your stylish signature on the photos!
    God Aften!
    Maren

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    • Dear Maren,
      your English is fine, don’t worry 🙂
      We went by car to Scotland (we live in East Anglia) and can recomment this. We drove up North the English motorway heading for Glencoe (you’ll read about in our next post) and from there going west we passed by Eilean Donan and took the bridge to Skye, where we stayed a couple of days hiking in the mountains and visiting a Whisky destillery :-). From Skye we took the ferry to Lewis and went up north to Harris to take the ferry to Ullapool on the mainland, where we followed the NC500 (actually we took the “wee-mad-road”, which is absolutely magnificient, a little detour from the MC500). In John O Groats we took the ferry to the Orkneys. We can very much recomment this tour! But booking the hotels early is absolutely necessary. Make sure to book a stay at the Scourie Hotel. You can see a picture of our Master sitting there at the fire place on his Instagram account #klausberndvollmar
      We are sure you will love this trip! 🙂
      With lots of love, good luck, and wishing you a relaxing weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Well, then you should either go to Scottland or to the German Rhine-valley – or best is both 😉
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • We have been in Snowdonia a couple of years ago. We liked it too, ideal for hiking, but not nearly as magnificient as northern Scotland. In Scotland’s north everything is bigger but nevertheless the mountains are mostly higher in northern Wales. The rest of Wales we found quite boring. We know this places that very well as we wrote a book and made a film about special places in the UK many, many years ago. We got payed by the publisher and production company to travel all around the UK for 8 month. We loved it!
      Why don’t visit both Wales & Scotland?

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    • Not often did my publisher pay such journeys because actually I am not a travel writer, although I wrote about my journeys around England and about my expeditions to NE Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard.
      As you see, I and the rest of the Fab Four we like to go to the North, we would not even think about St. Lucia.
      We need rain, mist, a cold breeze – which we hadn’t in Scotland’s north this time.

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    • No, no, you did get that wrong. Siri & Selma spoke to the ghost of Robert the Bruce who taught them Spiderish. And that was VERY exciting.
      With lots of love and best wishes for an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  20. I loved this castle. It was open when I visited. I think the owners may still vacation in it periodically as there were modern bedrooms and family photographs. There was also a bit of whimsey in the downstairs, with model food laid out as though dinner preparations were under way and a fabulous moving diorama that featured some ships and a relative of Nessie. It is magnificent to look at in the Highland light with the water and calls up fairies and ghosts and…Monty Python. Thanks for showing the tour!

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    • We love your writing about the light “which calls up fairies and ghosts and…Monty Python” 🙂 😉 🙂 😉
      We haven’t been in the castle although is was open, as we usually find the exhibitions of castles with old swords etc. boring. But the diorama there must be very special as we heard later. The only castle we visited lately was Lindisfarne castle. It was a problem getting Siri & Selma out again. They wanted to move in immediately.
      Thanks and wishing you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Well, our beloved Bookfayries are able to make contact to all these beings and now even to spiders – where will that end?
      Wishing you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  21. British kids are taught the myth of Robert the Bruce and the spider and the little phrase “If at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again”. The “r’s” must be rrrolled to give it the corrrrrect Scottish flavour!
    Love your photos and the fun words that accompany.
    Can’t wait for Norfolk!

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    • Thank you very much, dear Simon 🙂 🙂
      oh dear, we allways have problems with this Scottish “r”. We just can’t pronounce it, even Siri & Selma have a big problem with this Scottish pronounciation.
      Have a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  22. Wie aus einem Märchenbuch!
    Liebe Hanne, lieber Klausbernd, und ihr lieben Feen,
    ihr gewährt uns sehr eindrucksvolle Einsichten in euren Urlaub.
    Hier in Berlin ist der Himmel verhangen aber es soll schönes Wetter werden.
    Heute wollte ich ins Kulturforum am Potsdamer Platz, ich hoffe, ich komme trocken hin.
    Einen schönen Tag wünscht euch Susanne

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    • Liebe Susanne,
      das hört sich vielleicht blöd an, aber wir haben allmählich von diesem “schönen” Wetter genug. Immer blauer Himmel und Sonnenschein ist völlig langweilig und nervig. Wir können uns gar nicht mehr daran erinnern, wie sich Regen, Nebel und kühler Wind anfühlt. Und verhangener Himmel hört sich prima für uns an. Wir gießen schon seit einiger Zeit unsere Pflanzen mit dem Badewasser und Abwasser.
      Das freut uns, dass dir unsere Reisefotos gefallen. Wie schon gesagt, es war eine tolle Reise 🙂 🙂
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen aus Cley
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  23. Hi Hanne and Klausbernd, Siri and Selma,
    Isn’t this just the perfect fairy tale castle. Chris and I visited on a trip to Skye on the most glorious sunny day. It was absolutely beautiful. Your pictures are superb Hanne, I like Klausbernd’s pictures of an artist at work too!. Have a great weekend the four of you. I do hope we can catch up properly soon. Lots of Love Adrian and Chris x

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    • Dear Adrian and Chris,
      we really love this castle, actually we could move in immediately 😉 🙂
      I always liked to photograph photographers at their work. It’s fun and on another level is photography reflecting itself, quite post-modern. Anyway these pictures came into our blog as Dina had problems with a broken memory card. So I had to help out with pictures taken with my iPad and a much smaller camera.
      Here in Cley is the first weekend of a big art exhibition Cley17, sponsored by Eastern Arts and many other institions as well as the EU. There are a lot of visitors exspected and I will be one of them watching Coastal Change, a big multimedia show. I suppose Siri & Siri will come along as well.
      Dina is still in Norway and will come back in 10 days.
      With love from
      Klausbernd ❤
      Siri 🙂 ❤ and 🙂 ❤ Selma

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    • Thank you so much, dear Adrian, for your kind words. Coming from you, it’s highly appreciated. 🙂 Scotland is truly fabulous.
      I hope life is treating you both well. As Klausbernd wrote, I’m still busy in Norway. I have been away from Cley much too long now, will catch up with you lovely ones later this month. Take care, wishing you and Chris a wonderful weekend. Hanne x

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    • Hi, dear Vicki
      that sounds great, sleeping in the turret tower of Loch Ness Youth Hostel. I suppose we saw this castle from the loch.
      Thank you so much for liking our pictures 🙂 🙂
      Happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Thank you very much! 🙂
      We love castles as well as we originally are coming from the Rhine valley which is filled with old castles.
      Wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  24. Brilliant post. Dina’s photography is as stunning as always. And your narrative as engaging. But it is the book fairies I envy…. aah to be able to converse with historical ghosts!

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    • Hi, dear Madhu,
      unfortunately it’s their secret how they do it. They seem to have a huge network including historical ghosts. We, that is Dina and me, are never ever being allowed to watch them communicating with ghosts, elves, witches and even gods and semi-gods. Even bribing them with doubeling their pocket money doesn’t work.
      Thanks a lot.
      Have a happy weekend
      Klausbernd and Dina

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    • We would never ever tell our secret because then it’s not a secret any longer. And non-secrets stop the communication with ghosts.
      Got it?
      Finest fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Dear Madhu
      This special communication is their world, their universe, and we leave it to them. Well, we gave up and that’s our rationalisation. You cannot believe how baulky our two Bookfayries can be.
      With whom would you like to chat?

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    • Oh, so many! Simone de Beauvoir, Jan Morris, Sir Richard Burton (the explorer), Tagore, many of our kings, and yours, Saladin (!). My taste in ghosts is quite eclectic 🙂

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    • Oh dear, so many! Let’s start with Saladin because Dina, Siri & Selma and me would VERY much to meet his ghost too. But not that easy because Siri and Selma told us, we had to go to Damaskus. It’s easiest – at least for beginners – to go to places where this person died. So we decided Simon de Beauvoir. Much easier to go to Paris, but, oh dear, we don’t speak French (we know Siri & Selma don’t speak any French either). Maybe Sir Richard Burton is the easiest. We have to go to Triest and he speaks English – AND we have the first revised English edition (1879) of his book “A Pilgrimage To Maccah, And Medinah” in our library. Books sometime build up a connection to the ghost-world. We’ll ask Siri & Selma.
      Anyway, Siri and Selma promised to try to build up a connection to Sir Richard Burton. Keep your fingers crossed, please.

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    • Good morning, dear Sidran,
      dreams are VERY powerful, but most of the time we are not aware of it.
      Yes, there are more stories to come. Just wait …
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  25. Ich kann Dich beruhigen. Im Mai war das Schloss noch da! 🙂 Ich hätte mir allerdings einen der Kulisse angemessenen dramatischen Himmel gewünscht. So strahlte bei meinem Besuch die heiße Sonne von einem wolkenlosen Himmel.
    Schöne Bilder und eine tolle Geschichte. LG Simone

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    • Guten Morgen, liebe Simone,
      dann warst du ja kurz nach unserem zweiten Besuch dort.
      Schön, dass dir unsere Geschichte und die Fotos gefallen. Eilean Donan war ja erst der Beginn – und das Ende – unserer Reise. Von da da an ging’s ständig in nördlicher Richtung weiter. Aber darüber demnächst.
      Mit herzlichen Grüßen vom kleinen Dorf am großen Meer und vielen Dank fürs Kommentieren
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Ja, wir haben noch weitere tolle Geschichten von unserer Fahrt zu berichten. Buchfeen sind nämlich Sammler besonderer Geschichten.
      Mit feinstem Feenhauch
      Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Dear Christy,
      Dina never thinks of safty first when photographing. Well, she has us for her safety.
      Spiderish is quite a complicated language with a nety grammar and nearly no phonetics, but Siri and Selma like using it to have a chat with our house-spiders warning them of the vacuum cleaner.
      Have a happy Sunday
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  26. hello dina its dennis the vizsla dog hay i wood luv to liv in a kassel like that the ninja hedjhogs wood never be aybel to git me in their!!! ummm i wood prefer wun withowt a ghost tho i think unless maybe it wuz casper the ghost i heer he is frendly!!! ok bye

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    • Good evening, Dennis the Vizsla,
      well, what about nice big castle with a friendly ghost bringing you bones every day, the FBG (the friendly bone-ghost)?
      Thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley
      Our mega dog lover, Dina, is in Norway right now. She sends greetings, we suppose.

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    • Dearest Dennis the Vizla,
      thank you very much for introducing the friendly, ghostly 👻 Casper McFadden to us❣️ We had never heard of him. But now we have made friends with him and we are very happy🙏🏻 💕💕
      Would you like to come and visit us? Pick up a nice big bone and say hello to the the FBG?
      Lots of cuddles,
      Dina & co

      Casper McFadden:

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    • Good morning, dear Louis,
      indeed, it was a magical mystery tour. We didn’t exspect it so magnificient and romantic on the Western Isles and Scotland’s north.
      Thank you and wishing you a relaxing week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Brenda
      we keep our fingers crossed that you soon will see this fairy tale castle with your own eyes again.
      We wish you a happy week and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  27. This is a lovely castle. I have visited a few castles in Germany, as well as rode a boat past many more, when I lived there as a member of the U.S. Army. The United States is a youngster, compared to European countries, but we have some castles here as well. I have seen one in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and a couple in the Thousand Islands region of New York. The one I like the most here in the United States is Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands region.

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    • Dear Linda
      we know the German castles pretty well, as we use to live in the Rhine valley and we visited the Bavarian castles of crazy Ludwig as well. We love castles and especially those mediaval castle, even if most of them are ruins only. We suppose you saw lots and lots of castles cruising the Rhine (especially the middle Rhine – a world heritage region).
      We have visited the neo-romantic Boldt Castle as well (when we lived in Canada for some years). It’s quite modern but it is situated similar to Eilean Donan, except the wild surroundings of the Highlands are missing. But we didn’t know that are quite some modern castles in the US.
      Thanks for your commentary and wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  28. Dreamy photographs, Fab Four of Oslo 🙂 The image of Dina in my mind, trying to capture photos while driving is hilarious, and I sure hope she does not do it too often! Oh but the sight of Eilean Donan makes me sigh. My photos from the Isle of Skye trip were nothing great because I used some terrible effects at the time to take them. As a result, I look at them now and want to redo the entire lot! Your photos are just perfect.

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    • Dear Dippy Dotty Girl,
      well, Dina drives too often like this and our beloved Fairies have to warn the other cars on the road. Quite a job (but it brings extra pocket money).
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s photos 🙂 🙂 We think that all these programmes for special effects rather kill the pictures than making them better. The net is full of these horrible post-produced pictures with faked suns and faked dramatic skies – horrible!
      Thanks for commenting and wishing you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Oh yes, Klausbernd. I have realised the ghastliness of it all too late. That means we have got to return to Skye to make it better this time.

      Dina sounds like a hoot. I would quail in my seat but well I will take the entertainment 😀 You all have a wonderful week too.

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    • Dear Jet
      thank you for liking our photographs.
      The castle on this island, the ideal place, is great, isn’t it? We know many old castles from the Rhine valley where we used to live but there nearly all the castles are situated on a mountain top. To have a castle on an island is special.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  29. We saw the castle while visiting last year but only from afar. Having seen your photos I’m sorry we didn’t get closer–extraordinary work Dina. I hope Siri and Selma are helping to respond to comments, otherwise iblogging will become a full-time job for you!!

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    • Dear Tina,
      you are absolutely right, without Siri and Selma helping to answer the commentaries we couldn’t do anything else. But they like to answer comments and even quite often sneak in our Master’s office and answer pretending being him (when he is unsuspecting working in the garden). Well, one reason for doing this is getting more pocket money.
      It’s a pity that you didn’t really see Eilean Donan but you may come to western Scotland again. We keep our fingers crossed for you.
      We will go there again as well as we want to go up north again and then stay for a while on the Orkneys in winter. We need a real winter and there is hope to have winter as winter can be. All the time we go up north on the west side of Britain we pass by Eilean Donan.
      Thanks for commenting and now you are wondering who is answering here. Can you guess?
      Lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley
      We just saw that you did a book about Alaska. That’s a place we would like to go as well.

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    • Well, now you know, who was answering, don’t you?
      But we were very busy today answering all these really lovely commentaries which brings us ten FayriePennies per answer 🙂 🙂
      Did you notice we had photographs from Dina and our dear Master this time. Not that often that the onlooker can see a bit of our dear Dina. She likes being more or less invisible like us.
      We send you finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the busy friendly Bookfayries (BFBs)

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    • Oh dear, why’s that?
      Winter is so GREAT with clear cold weather, wind, snow (we love snow very much) and ice. For us it’s all fun. Last winter we escaped to Norway. The winters at the North Norfolk coast are much too mild for us and we miss the snow sooo much. Therefor we move up North every end of the year – sometimes even as far as NE Greenland.
      But you went to Alaska. We suppose in summer.
      Anyway may the sun shine on you warm and lovely
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Joshi,
      there were quite some movies filmed at Eilean Donan. It all started with “Bonnie Prince Charly” in 1948, the two best known movies filmed there are “Highlander” (1986) and the James Bond film “The World is Not Enough” (1999). More than 10 films are shot at least partly there. One could think it’s a Hollywood setting but it’s real. But one could think that as well of the castles of Ludwig II in Bavaria like Neuschwanstein.
      Thanks and cheers
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Good morning, dear Jackie
      thank you very much for liking our pictures 🙂 🙂 Indeed it’s castle like built for a film set.
      Wishing you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  30. All over, once again, you’ve taken breath taking, enigmatic pictures. I love this castle! This looks like it was one of the ones from Outlander, when she goes high up in Scotland to the other family…
    What a place to see in real life!

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    • Hi, dear Elinor,
      we just had a look “Outlander” wasn’t filmed at Eilean Donan – at least we couldn’t find it in the list of film scenes filmed there. Nevertheless it’s the ideal film setting, genuin Scottish, romantic and a little bit spooky as well.
      Thanks and wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • We would like Masterchen and Dina to buy this place for us. Oh dear, but they didn’t even think about it – shame on them!
      With fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma

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    • Dear Elinor
      we looked it up where the Outlander was filmed – well, at which castles:
      These are all castles of the Scottish Highlands
      Doune Castle
      Aberdour Castle
      Blackners Castle
      and, by the way, it was filmed at Glencoe. We will blog about this magnificient valley in our next post.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Good morning, dear Elinor
      coming Friday it goes on up to the North.
      You have to be quick visiting all these great places of Scotland before they get too touristy. The road to Scotland’s North, the NC500, was voted by photo-journalists from National Geographic and other magazines the second most beautiful road in the world after the Atlantic Highway in Norway. Of course this draws a lot of tourists. Most of the tourists we met were Americans and Germans, but we never had the feeling that it was touristy. At most of the places we were on our own.
      Wishing you a happy Tuesday 🙂
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Heading over to the post right now!!!
      I know so little about Scotland, and I suspect many do, even though it’s an old country with a very rich history. Would have never guessed it would have been voted 2nd by National Geographic for “scenery” – only makes me get over there more! 🙂

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    • Scotland had like all European countries a long histories. For a long time the Picts wrote history by troubeling the Romans so much that they built Hadrian’s Wall in the end. Okay Roman time is not that log ago, but the Picts go back much longer in history. Later there were fights of the clans and the Scottish uprisings against the English.
      The Scottish people have always loved their freedom and knew how to fight for it.
      Scotland is really worth visiting, not only for its scenery but for its people and culture as well.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Good morning, dear Cindy
      thank you 🙂 🙂
      It’s the ideal of a romantic castle, isn’t it! Actually it’s neo-romantic going back to that dream of J. MacRae at the beginning of the 20th c., a time when all over Europe people looked back to times of romanticism as the “good old times”. And actually we are not free from it either.
      We are wishing you a happy Sunday
      The ab Four of Cley

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    • Good afternoon, dear Heidi
      spooky greetings from the sea.
      Well, from Belgium to this castle is just an easy 3 days drive – and, of course, then you should visit the Western Isles, at least Skye, as well. We keep our fingers crossed that you will be able to visit beautiful Scotland soon. It’s a paradise for photographers, especially the west and north coast.
      We wish you a wonderful week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Heidi
      here the two spooky fairies are writing. Scotland is really worth visiting and there are many spooks. Shall we practise some magic that you will go there soon?
      With finest fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the spooky Bookfayries

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    • Dear Heidi
      I do this as well. What’s written down has a special authority for me. And if this doesn’t help I ask Siri and Selma to weave some magic. If even this doesn’t help then it’s not meant to be.
      Warm greetings from the 🌊 🌊 sea 🌊
      🚶 Klausbernd

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    • Dear book fairies,
      it’s great that you keep the fairy tales and ghost stories alive 😉 Your fairy dust can help me find the way to the most appealing places and castles! 🙂
      Spooky regards, Heidi

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    • Dear David,
      we admire this “I can do” attitude. On the other hand we are amazed about the power of dreams: it made not only people built castles, it inspired Einstein to his theories, made inventors getting the right spark f.e. to invent the sawing machine, made scientist like Kekulé finding the structure of bezene etc. We should dream much more and take our dreams more serious.
      Thanks and wishing you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  31. I am a bit late, but not too late …
    really great photographs! When I come to visit you next time could we go there or is it too far from your place?
    I would love to go to Scotland. A lot of people told me how beautiful it is and your pics show this as well.
    I hope you are all well and enjoy the summer.
    With lots of love to my dear friends
    Per Magnus xxx from his home in Longyearbyen right now

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    • Thank you, our dear friend 🙂
      To go to Eilean Castle from our coast would take two days. Well, we have a lady living in Cley she does it in one day but this is stressful. From our coast to the Scottish border is on day relaxed driving.
      As we wrote before we find Scotland is worth visiting, very much so! We loved it and especially the north coast and the Western Isles. At Eilean Donan you are more or less at beautiful Skye.
      We hope you and your son are well and enjoying the summer as well. We have an extraordinary fine summer this year: sunny and warm. So we have lots and lots of cherry plums and tasty apples. Our figs seem to be ripe soon as well. Tomorrow Dina is coming home from Norway. We hope that the weather will hold – although we would need some rain for our garden.
      With lots of love from us all
      The Fab Four of Cley xxxx

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  32. Hihi, gerade sendete Sabine an Doris: Happy Birthday gespielt von der Caber Feidh Pipe Band….danach kam Bavarian Shoe-Plattler. Musikalisch mal etwas ganz anderes…
    Wenn ich nicht wüsste, dass ich wach bin, würde ich sagen, dass ich träume…
    Hello Universe, ich reserviere hiermit einen Trip nach Schottland, besser isses…

    Wer nicht spinnt, ist selber schuld!

    Träumerische Grüße von Pia
    Hoffe, die liebe Dina ist gut angekommen und ihr lasst es euch gut gehen!?

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    • Liebe Pia,
      ja, diese Dudelsackmusik – well, Dina und ich sind nicht gerade ein Fan davon. Loch Ness ist fürchterlich touristisch – gar nicht einsehbar, denn nicht besonders attraktiv – und dort hat man nirgendwo seine Ruhe vor Dudelsackmusik. Wir wollten entspannt in der Nähe des Sees draußen zum Eisessen hinsetzen und schon kam solch ein aufdringlicher Dudelsackspieler. Wir glauben, die spielen so lange, bis man sich von ihnen freikauft.
      Aber keine Bange außer am Loch Ness wurden wir nie von dudelnder Dudelsackmusik geplagt. Zum Glück war es sonst immer fein ruhig.
      Dina wird heute Abend nach Hause kommen. Siri und Selma und natürlich ich auch sind schon ganz aufgeregt. Große Freude! Sie war ja viel zu lange weg.
      Mit lieben Grüßen aus dem hochsommerlichen Cley
      The Fab Four
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Dear Michelle
      thanks for nominating us for this Blog Award. Sorry, but we don’t accept any Blog Awards. Here you can read the reason why:
      https://kbvollmarblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/blog-awards/
      We read that you are an author as well. May we ask you which publisher and agent you are working with? Our dear Master publishes with Random House and European publishers. He writes fiction and non-fiction and for film and TV and likes to exchange experiences with colleagues.
      Have a happy Thursday
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  33. Huch, nun bin ich vielleicht die letzte, wegen einer Scandinavienumrundung übers Nordkapp, sich freuende über diese wundervollen, mystischen Bilder und den gelungenen Text. Irgendwie hatte ich Euch schon vermißt. Sonnige Grüsse von einer nun warmen Veranda in L. Ruth

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    • Liebe Ruth,
      eine Skandinavienumrundung, das hört sich doch auch gut 😊 an. Ich, Kb, machte das einmal als Kind 👶 mit meinen Eltern und später als 👨‍🎓 Student. Beide Male war ich begeistert. Den Norden Schottlands finden wir genauso schön. Wir könnten sogleich wieder losfahren.
      Habe herzlichen Dank 😊 fürs freundliche Kommentieren. ❤️ Liebe Grüße aus dem hochsommerlichen Norfolk
      💃👭🚶
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Sola,
      thank you very much for your kind words 🙏😊 and thanks 🙏 for your subscription.
      With warm greeting from the sunny ☀️ 🌊 sea 🌊
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃👭🚶

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  34. What an awesome castle, Eilean Donan! But I am sorry to read that the ghost was gone. I am sure you did your best to lure him back, though. Fun that you found spiders instead. I just wonder, what language do they speak? And then I can’t get my head around why the all so nice vikings weren’t popular at Eilean Donan…

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    • Good morning, dear Otto,
      it’s a shame that our dear old Vikings weren’t popular, we can’t understand that neither.
      The spiders speak common Spiderish, an ancient language only in writing, without phonetics. Unique is its net like grammar, a little bit like in the strict agglutinating languages like Finnish. Ignorant folks call there written words cobwebs. Siri and Selma communicate with spiders by writing on the walls. Unfortunately we have to paint our walls ever so often.
      All the best from the sunny sea
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Otto,
      oh dear, our dear Master got it wrong. The writing on the wall is spider-mail only. We have a chat with our spiders with the help of threads, like a cats cradle. Spiderish is a so called Thread-Language. Just to make that clear.
      With lots of finest fairy dust
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma

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  35. Lovely!! It is good to read your words and travel with your adventures. Have been away from blogging these days on a work project. I am so glad that we met and looking forward to the next time. I do like those two words: Next Time.

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    • Dear Peter,
      oh dear, you have forest fires in the area you are living. Fortunately we never experienced a forest fire. We only know it from the TV. We very much hope that you are safe! We keep our fingers crossed and our dear Bookfayries are busy casting a security spell for you.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Mary,
      if you will visit Skye then it’s just on the way, as it is on the way if you go up to the north coast of Scotland (up the magnificent west coast). The best month to visit Scotland is May (we went in May) because it’s the driest month and youhave no midgets there and not much tourists neither.
      Thanks and happy planing of your trip
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Julie
      That’s the doing of 👭 Siri and Selma, our beloved 📚 Bookfayries, who are friends of the weather fairies. They ask them to push some clouds ☁️ over the places Dina is photographing. But it easy at the west coast of coast of Scotland. It’s mostly cloudy ⛅️ there.
      Thanks and have a happy 😊 week
      💃👭🚶
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Thomas
      we just see you are from Norfolk as well. You live in West Norfolk, we live at the North Norfolk coast.
      Thank you very much 🙂 🙂
      Wishing you a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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