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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Ring of Bright Water"

More than 50 years ago, in 1956, Gavin Maxwell (1914-1969), a Scottish naturalist, went to live in an abandoned house on a shingle beach near Sandaig on the west coast of Scotland, a haven for wildlife. He named his home Camusfeàrna and settled there with the otters Mij, Edal and Teko. In 1960 he published his book, "Ring of Bright Water", which chronicles his first ten years with the otters and touched the hearts of readers the world over, brilliantly evoking life with these playful animals in this natural paradise.

In 1969 it was made into a movie which is one of my favourites.