Security

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This photograph shows the Bass Rock, a seabird colony, lighthouse and onetime prison, through the window of Tantallon Castle, a mile away on land. The walls of Tantallon were 15 feet thick, secure in the extreme to withstand the elements and most all cannonfire except those of Cromwell’s forces that eventually reduced it to ruin. I was at Tantallon a few weeks ago and it was brilliant to look from high atop its battlements towards the Bass and inland to the Lammermuirs, Traprain and North Berwick, surveying my native county and revelling in the spring sunshine. Security comes from location sometimes, being from time to time in places where you feel secure, not quite rooted geographically but in a more spiritual sense, hopefully for a long time to come.

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