Some of the history of the village of Bridge of Allan

Dunblane Cathedral reopens

During the lockdown I regularly walked the Darn road, by the Allan Water, to Dunblane. What follows is based on exploring ‘the local’ as widely as I could! A garden … Continue reading Dunblane Cathedral reopens

‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

As reported in the Stirling Observer, 16 September 2020. Did you know that there was an even greater ‘battle’ over the Wallace Monument which goes back over 160 years – … Continue reading ‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

the scandal of the century [and other writings]

I am currently reading these stories by Gabriel García Márquez: The Editor’s note to this book of stories begins: Gabriel García Márquez called journalism “the best job in the world” and he … Continue reading the scandal of the century [and other writings]

HOME and AWAY

Yesterday I took Big Ted with me yesterday to Glasgow. I was not there for any reason other than to wander and observe. I was exploring the West end area … Continue reading HOME and AWAY

A most ancient place

I have recently come across this account of the ancient history of Drumdruills, which in my grandfather’s time was a fruit orchard. The etymology of Drumdruills is still being revealed, … Continue reading A most ancient place

BE BRIEF

This frontpage advert featured in several Scottish newspapers in June 1943. This was during WWII and in the very month that my mother was born here in Bridge of Allan. … Continue reading BE BRIEF

‘We’ve really missed you’

Ruban Rouge, 61 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan is open again. This boutique offers ‘Women’s fashion from across Europe. From Classic to Casual’.  One of my Granny’s friends used to … Continue reading ‘We’ve really missed you’

extraordinarily delicate

There is something extraordinarily delicate about Japanese anemones, yet they are as tough as ‘weeds’!

a gardening hand

Five short films on Mossgrove garden, Bridge of Allan: I would like to dedicate this series of films to my cousin Adrian.