Hole Ousia is interested in Scotland today and Scotland past; Scotland’s countryside and Scotland’s architecture from noble families to the common ankle-high rickle-stane remains of most of us.

Memories

My mother recently showed me the current edition of Colinton Magazine which contains memories of Mrs Picken and her husband. I have often shared my memories of Mrs Picken on … Continue reading Memories

The Comeback King

On Sunday, Andy Murray won the European Cup, 9 months after having hip resurfacing. Well done Andy! Here are a few of my previous short-films on Andy’s successes:

‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

“Recognised for their inspiration”

On a Wednesday morning I support a young man in developing his working role with StartUp. I feel so fortunate to help at StartUp and all the volunteers are just … Continue reading “Recognised for their inspiration”

Quomodo sedet sola civitas

Barfold House, the home of Alistair Graham. Where Evelyn Waugh fell in love. Music credit: ‘Sebastian’ by Adrian Johnston, BBC Philharmonic, Terry Davies Audio: The narrative voice of “Charles Ryder” … Continue reading Quomodo sedet sola civitas

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

in the middle

   in the middle of a few days in G A L L O W A Y an adventure began in which a film could neither begin nor end. … Continue reading in the middle

Ancient roots

The above photograph is of the doorway to St Edward’s Church, Stow on Wold. The entrance is flanked by two ancient yew trees. I have followed the “stories” of a … Continue reading Ancient roots

The Butler’s son (this is for you)

Gelston castle, outside Castle Douglas:

Reached by ‘one of the finest avenues in Scotland’

Kenmure castle, New Galloway, is now a roofless ruin but is still reached by ‘one of the finest avenues in Scotland’:

Moat Brae Storytelling Centre

It was a real delight to return to Moat Brae House in Dumfries. It has been restored as a stortytelling centre. It is magical! Anybody with young family should go! … Continue reading Moat Brae Storytelling Centre