‘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:    

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

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

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

Corsewall Lighthouse

Peter and Sian had a lovely holiday in Galloway staying in Corsewall Lighthouse. Here are a few images: Peter was reading Don Quixote whilst on holiday. It is about the … Continue reading Corsewall Lighthouse

St Medan’s cave

When on the Mull of Kintyre Peter and Sian went to try and find this cave/chapel. We found that this, the most southern “chapel” in Scotland, no longer survives. It … Continue reading St Medan’s cave

Haldrick: poems and meditations

I visited what remains of Haldrick farm on the 22nd September 2019. I found that the woodland plantation that has hidden it since it was abandoned is being cleared. Haldrick … Continue reading Haldrick: poems and meditations

sad C A P T A I N

A film about the abandoned farm of Knowehead on the hills above Blackford, Perthshire. Filmed at Knowehead on Monday 23rd September 2019 Music credit: ‘Sad Captains’ by ELBOW

Reminders of former grandeur

Woodbank Hotel, once a home, now a ruin, still looks out upon Loch Lomond: