Return to the Sea

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Barnacles seems to be the easiest way to first hold the term in mind.

arkhé = first place.

With barnacles the first principle out of which motion and change are borne is water

In this way it represents the origin of all things in nature.

Water as the source of all things.

According to the ancients.

Interact ( Ah! vous dirai-je, maman)

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In the eye of the storm

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I rest in the heat

In harmony

Memory leads here





Infirmity mixed with star shot

Fever/ dream

This morning

Archive fever ( Jacques Derrida)

arkhé = I rest in the heat.

Few days ago

Harmony, gave no sense here.

So arkhé


and then detail.


I rest in the heat ( (The Countesse of Caumantia whilest her hair was kemb’d in the dark, it seemed to vomit fire)

Using one terse sentence as a base line ( small world writ large), I don’t feel that explanation can exceed it in length.

Requires a further reduction in scale.

Word of the day.


inside(Intimatevast)out (The Return of the Notoriously Mr Big)

Field Visit (12 July 1962)

Taigh-nam-Bodach’ is a small stone-built structure, roughly rectangular and measuring 2.0m x 1.3m with walls 0.4m high, with an entrance to the east, and roughly roofed with stone slabs. Three of the ‘figures’ are at the entrance and three other possible figures are among the stones of the roof. These figures are pieces of sandstone weathered into a rough resemblance to human figures.

There are no local traditions regarding their origin but Mr Bissett (gamekeeper) still puts the figures inside the hut in the winter and takes them out in the spring. This action has vague associations with good weather (Scots Mag 1979).

Two possible shielings are visible to the east and north-east but they are too ruinous for certain identification.

Visited by OS (EG) 12 July 1962

Field Visit (9 September 1969)

Not visited. Access was refused due to deer-shooting, but the staff in the Meggernie Estate Office state that the shrine is unchanged.

Visited by OS (RD) 9 September 1969

Desk Based Assessment (20 April 1970)

NN34SE 1 3805 4271.

NN 3805 4271. ‘Tigh na Cailliche’ (A L F Rivet, 1961) or ‘Taigh-nam- Bodach’ (Campbell 1888) is a simple pagan shrine.

Shielings in the area were in use until after 1782 and the inhabitants regularly thatched it. Within there were twelve stones resembling human beings, perhaps associated with St Meuran and his eleven disciples (Campbell 1888).

The biennial rethatching of the shrine continued down to the present century and is paralleled by early traditions of ritual at a temple in France (Ross 1967, 40).

Information from OS (DT) 20 April 1970.


Tigh Nam Bodach, Canmore National Record of the Historical Environment