Cottar Hoose The essence is still thair, deep in the couped stanes o yon auld cottar hoose. It blooms in the gowaned field, flickers through the privet, blaws through the snecked gate, reaches oot tae the wirld, stops folk as they danner alang the brae road. We’ve aa felt the shiver, yon touch on the shooder, an, evin though we ken, thir’s nae such things as gaists, we’ll aa mak siccar, tae no pass in the gloamin. Jist in case a shaddae shifts on the lintel, or a cannle burns fae a gapin windae. Glossary; thair - there couped - toppled cottar hoose - cottage gowaned - daisy covered snecked - locked danner - walk brae - hill yon - that shooder - shoulder ken - know gaists - ghosts mak siccar - make sure gloamin - evening twilight lintel - doorway.