Isla’s Naming Day on Witchcraig Hill

Isla’s very much an outdoor girl, which is why Sue and Simon decided to hold her Naming Ceremony on Witchcraig Hill, near Torphichen in West Lothian, which is where I met all of their friends and went for a little walk.
Over the past year Isla’s climbed Schiehallion 
and gone to Orkney for a fortnight in a camper van.
She’s been to a Burns Supper, 
stayed in a Youth Hostel, 
swum in the sea, 
skyped her Auntie in Australia, 
fed bread to peacocks, 
stared-down a cow, 
and regularly chased the cats around the house.
She’s even been mountain biking, 
and Sue and Simon are convinced she’s itching to start rock climbing. 
It was a very natural, laid back kind of day.
My favourite bit was when Simon’s dad David read Isla a poem by the late great Orcadian poet, George McKay Brown, called “New Child”.
I wish I could have stayed longer: the view from Witchcraig down over the Forth was spectacular even on an overcast day.
Simon and Sue sent me all these photos and this lovely note
We wanted to say thanks very much for your lovely leading of Isla’s naming cermony last weekend. 
We enjoyed the day, and it was great to drag everyone to the top of a hill and see what we like doing with ourselves. Even the folk who aren’t that outdoors-orientated thought it was a lovely place to have the naming, and it suited us just perfectly. 
Thanks again… and for arranging for the day to stay dry! Simon, Sue and Isla. 

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