What is a great day? I will tell you since you ask. A great day is when I slayed the dragon, which has been terrorising my life, hounding my steps and haunting my dreams. I have smite him and he can plague me no more. Even better, my beloved book finally arrived! It smells, ohhhhh, so old bookish, it’s in a protective plastic cover and it’s called “The Misty Isle of Skye,” by J. A. Mac Culloch, first edition, 1904. I never savour anything but I will savour this. Tonight I will take my love to bed, handle it ever so gently and with cup of tea to ground me and eyes bright with tears, I will slowly reveal the beauty within. Thank you Stella Books, near the Forest of Dean, in the picturesque village of Tintern on the banks of the River Wye, famed for its 12th century abbey ruins. Caloo Callay, such a happy day!
For the bibliophiles, for the lovers of history and antiquity - I am thrilled! Last night while doing some research for the book I happened upon a book, a treasure by J.A. MacCulloch, scholar, canon and mysterious man. He wrote, “The Misty Isle of Skye,” and you can imagine why I was so excited to discover this. It’s a book about the people, their history and culture from one who has loved it. I can find almost nothing about the man himself and that is driving me crazy. For now, all in the interests of research you understand, I have ordered the book, to be dispatched from a bookseller in Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales. It’s a first edition, published about 1905 and I am very excited to be getting it. Excuse the small image, the photo on the book site is tiny. Does anyone know anything about J.A. MacCulloch? He wrote many books about history, celtic mythology, early religions and morality - there must be something to be known about John Arnott MacCulloch? (He lived 1868-1950)