“Historic Scotland calls Hermitage Castle an eerie ruin, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland calls it the most perfect example of a medieval castle in the Borders. It is both.”

I am too lazy today to write a few sentences about this beautiful castle/ruin that I visited briefly during my last holiday. Instead, I am offering a link to an article that might satisfy your curiosity.



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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday! 


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  1. Very classic and very early medieval. This was when they were simple, round stone building, before they started turning them into an entire village. We saw a couple of buildings like that in Ireland, but smaller. Some of them were closer to the size of a silo. Great shot!

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  5. I’ve just been to the link. Gosh! You would not guess the place has such a very dark history from the tranquillity of this scene. A fine shot, Paula, above a drift of rosebay willow herb. It usually grows vigorously where there has been a lot of ground disturbance and/or fire – hence its common name Fire Weed. I’m sorry you received more than you fair share of grizzly British weather on your trip, but here it adds some drama. Happy Thursday.

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    • Thank you for sharing that with me, Tish. It looks too pretty to be called Fire Weed ;). I wanted to know the real Britain, and the weather helped in that respect. I am so very glad that you like the capture.

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  12. traces of the past…inspires me to contemplate that while the blossoms, trees, clouds are of today, are they not also traces of their past? Beautiful landscape.


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  14. Lovely photo and information, Paula. How wonderful that you were able to visit Scotland. That’s one of the places I have always dreamed of visiting but never had the opportunity. Enjoyed the music! 😀

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