I do want my ice-cream

This is an edit of a family film from 2008. It carries the opening and closing sequences. The full film, unedited and 12 years old: You can hear the dew … Continue reading I do want my ice-cream

the light always comes back

This island, which takes its name from one of the saints bearing the Irish name Finan, is situated about 200m from both the N and S banks of Loch Shiel. … Continue reading the light always comes back

Scottish Gardener

With the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘lock down’ I have been retreating into the garden where I need not distance myself from the emerging green shoots of life. I have recently … Continue reading Scottish Gardener

The Fair Maid of Perth

The following is a companion film: Context to these films: To see what Scott saw So humble, so lacking in egotism Wallace Road West Dron Hill Farm

Scotland’s oldest clockmaker dead

In January 1920, William Craik of Dalkeith, then ‘Scotland’s oldest clockmaker’ died. He advertised: “as a practical man W.C. would particularly recommend these American watches to those working men requiring … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest clockmaker dead

‘So humble, so lacking in egotism’

I recently suggested to my friend Ian that I would like to find a gate that I had come across a photograph of in the Canmore archive. To me the … Continue reading ‘So humble, so lacking in egotism’

How is he, that gentle gardener?

Blackadder Walled Garden, Berwickshire. Music credit: King Creosote, live, Glasgow Concert Hall, 12 March 2020.

Language is leaving me

A film about Blackadder in the Borders. This film is for my mother, mother-in-law, my wife, and my daughter. It is also for Ella, Ena and Alice [Mrs Picken] Music … Continue reading Language is leaving me

From Scotland with Love

Last night we were in the audience of the Glasgow Concert Hall to hear live the music and soundtrack of the acclaimed film: ‘From Scotland with Love’. It really was … Continue reading From Scotland with Love

In every moment is a world unseen

I recently came across a postcard of Kilmaron castle. Four years ago I made this film about it: Kilmaron castle was demolished in the summer of 1985 and “Live Aid” … Continue reading In every moment is a world unseen