Way up in the hills above my hometown, is a beautiful viewpoint at Califer. I hadn’t been back in years and years, but yesterday evening, after dropping off Harriet and Andrew, I just really felt like going up there. I hadn’t been there in a dozen years, and had no real idea of how to get there, but little car and I headed the only way we knew…up. And we found it! I spent a good half-hour just sitting up there, looking out, dreaming and thinking and looking. It genuinely is one of my favourite places on earth.

I have a tonne of friends I’d love to take up to Califer – we could take a picnic and chat and sketch and enjoy the views. I can think of dozens of fellow bloggers who I’m sure would fall hard for its charms. One day I hope I’ll fall in love with someone, and I’ll want to take them to Califer, and show them the view that’s so special for me. And if and when I have kids, whenever that may be and wherever I live then, I know I’ll bring them back and take them up there, show them the bay, and the Firth, and Dunrobin Castle in the distance.




  1. whatigotsofar
    26th July 2008 / 12:32 am

    Thank you for adding yet another place on my things-to-do-when-I-get-to-the-UK list. (I’m never gonna afford that dang trip.)

  2. cK
    26th July 2008 / 2:57 am

    Gorgeous shots.I think everyone should have a place like that; a place which always refreshes oneself.For me, it’s standing on the edge of the pier at the cabins in the early morning when only the loons are on the lake and there’s a thin fog sliding across the water.Cheers,-cK

  3. Boy
    26th July 2008 / 8:54 am

    There is something so Jane Austen about those photos: pastoral beauty, serenity, and loveliness abounds.

  4. Relyn
    26th July 2008 / 4:40 pm

    Hi, Claire. I’m so glad you made your way over to my blog because I am thrilled to “discover” yours. I tell you, I laughed and laughed at your silly question answer on your profile. Just the kind of kookiness I love. I also love this post. I love getting a glimpse of people’s special soul-places. I think it tells me something about them. In return, I wanted to offer you a glimpse of one of my soul-places. Crater Lake in Oregon in the U.S. nice to meet you.

  5. kilax
    26th July 2008 / 5:33 pm

    I was thinking Jane Austen too. Or maybe Sound of Music. Either way, it looks like the perfect place to relax.

  6. running42k
    26th July 2008 / 10:43 pm

    “I can think of dozens of fellow bloggers who I’m sure would fall hard for its charms.”Me. That place looks awesome

  7. Christielli
    27th July 2008 / 5:19 am

    Awesome view!I love special places in your hometown. Today as I was wandering around lovely downtown Stratford, I was thinking what a great place it is to visit.Yay for hometown vacays.

  8. Sacred Suzie
    27th July 2008 / 1:08 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking. I want to go! If I lived anywhere near there I would be putting on my hiking boots right now.

  9. Cheryl
    27th July 2008 / 5:07 pm

    That’s beautiful!

  10. vivavavoom
    27th July 2008 / 6:12 pm

    thanks for sharing it with us. gorgepus!!

  11. Scarlet
    28th July 2008 / 3:38 am

    Take me to the Califer!!

  12. Riot Kitty
    28th July 2008 / 4:22 am

    Wow! So gorgeous.

  13. Wiwille
    28th July 2008 / 6:04 am

    Lovely. Some love struck boy is sure to propose to you there.

  14. daisies
    28th July 2008 / 3:03 pm

    oh how lovely it would be to sit and have a picnic there 🙂

  15. angel, jr.
    28th July 2008 / 3:16 pm

    Wow, beautiful!!

  16. Claire
    28th July 2008 / 4:56 pm

    “Lovely. Some love struck boy is sure to propose to you there.”Way to set the bar! Whoever winds up proposing to me, and however and wherever they decide to do so….it’ll come a poor second to that suggestion!Cxx

  17. Alice
    28th July 2008 / 5:44 pm

    oh wow… such gorgeous photos. makes me want a first hand view from that spot.

  18. changetheworld360
    28th July 2008 / 10:02 pm

    Wow, that’s such a beautiful place! I really, really, really need to visit the UK someday. 🙂

  19. Tinsie
    2nd August 2008 / 1:38 pm

    That looks stunning!

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