If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how much Daisy Low loved Scotland. When she was married, she spent the hunting season in that glorious country, but even after she was widowed she returned regularly. She had a friend who lived in Fife, on Scotland’s east coast, overlooking the bay called the Firth of Forth which opens on to the North Sea.
In 1909, Daisy celebrated her 49th birthday with her friend. She described the view out her window in a letter that shows both her artist’s appreciation of her surroundings and her way with words.
“The Firth of Forth stretches for miles away in front of this house…enlivened by distant water, where isles that shine like opals glimmer on the misty bay; North Berwick is opposite, and Bass rock pokes its round head above the surface of the Firth like a sea lion.”
|Bass rock looking like a giant sea lion.|
|The “opal glimmer” across the Firth of Forth|
Daisy Low’s usual creative metier was not words, but she certainly had the ability to turn a descriptive phrase.
Map of Scotland: http://imageseu.homeaway.com/vd2/propmaps/hr/en/99/1000485/Scotland_1000485.png
Bass Rock photo by Paul Toms: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/eMFX5XlCMG5JXLyLtj6fGQ
Seal photo from Seal Diet Scotland: http://www.sealdietscotland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/grey-
Across the Firth photo from http://www.mgck.co.uk/Unoffishal%20September%2007.htm
Quote from Juliette Gordon Low to Mabel Gordon Leigh, 27 October 1909, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Girl Scout National Center, Savannah, Georgia.