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.

“Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

Last Sunday we were in Edinburgh to meet a cousin of my mother’s but having arrived early we had some time to wander. Twenty five years earlier, one of my … Continue reading “Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

‘This ungetatable place’

I recently read ‘Barnhill: a Novel’ by Norman Bissell. It is a partly fictional account of George Orwell’s last few years and his time on Jura. At Barnhill croft on … Continue reading ‘This ungetatable place’

[around the world in 220 days]

This is a film about Maulseden, Brechin. The mansion house was demolished a century ago. Maulesden gave name to a sailing boat that sailed around the world in 220 days. … Continue reading [around the world in 220 days]

running on the spot

This film is loosely based on what I felt in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, Friday night, 16th August 2019 with Sian and Rachel. Credits (1) The Cure (2) passing time

Let me share this story one day

artist backwards [I was young] I walked into science. My Granny loved to tell how I could sleep whilst still standing: an ability that I lost before my Granny died. … Continue reading Let me share this story one day

The second most popular joke

This was listed as the second most popular joke in the Edinburgh Festival for 2019.  

The Secret Garden

This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden

from End to End

This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’.  This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End

Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Last week I visited Craigroy on the Altyre Estate. My great-great-grandparents, John Gordon and Euphemia Ferguson, raised their family here before moving to Cothall. More than 30 years ago my … Continue reading Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]