‘Two inner gates’

16 April 1809, Marieville, Stirling: ‘Got the two inner gates at the back of the house put up. They were made out of part of the Lime trees that grew … Continue reading ‘Two inner gates’

MARIEVILLE

It is likely that you will have never heard of: I had not heard of it either. It once stood tall on Upper Bridge Street, Stirling, and was one of … Continue reading MARIEVILLE

This too shall pass

Covid-19: [At the time of making this film]: for the 2,472 have died in Scotland, and their families

It still takes courage to care

The Herald, 21 June 2020: I was an NHS doctor for over 25 years, and whilst I was never [technically speaking] a whistleblower, I always did my best to speak … Continue reading It still takes courage to care

Lord [PRESERVE]

Footnote: The passage of time tends to remove the personal. In considering ‘moral treatment’, this melancholy case from Englishtown, May 1862, left me questioning how “moral” the treatment actually may … Continue reading Lord [PRESERVE]

GARNGAD

Garngad House was William Drury’s private lunatic asylum, In the 1827 sketch [above] the spire of Glasgow Cathedral is visible in the background. In 1814 William Drury came to Glasgow … Continue reading GARNGAD

MELVENS

Inside, the back-cover of an old book, I came across a price label: I mentioned this old price label to Sian, and asked if she recalled MELVINS?

Made by my daughter from my old work shirts

Facemask [June 2020]

‘These buds of love’

I once made a film about the lost garden of  D U N I R A . A number of years later, I came across this verse inscribed on a … Continue reading ‘These buds of love’

Centaurea

Knapweed is the common name for the genus centaurea. There are thought to be more than 500 species of this robust, thistle-like plant. Many gardeners consider Knapweeds to be weeds … Continue reading Centaurea

do more than spell the word

I have been reading ‘Understanding a Photograph’ by John Berger. When I read this sentence I found myself considering the approach currently taken, at least in much of the Western … Continue reading do more than spell the word

2mm

This short film is about a village response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Footage is from Bridge of Allan and from our house and garden. The voice is that of Alastair … Continue reading 2mm