On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers
Some of the history of the village of Bridge of Allan
As a young family we moved into Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan, on St Andrew’s Day, 2001. We had been looking for a new home for some time. Peter and Sian, … Continue reading Diary of a house
I recently went to collect the disused circular saw blade from the abandoned and derelict Lanrick saw mill. My understanding is that the whole site of Upper Lanrick is soon … Continue reading a circle with teeth
I made the ‘Edwin Morgan steps’ the best part of 15 years ago. Last week I repainted the inscribed words. On the steps I also carved this: This was how … Continue reading Edwin Morgan steps
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
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
Several trees in our garden have grown very large including a silver birch tree by our pond. Yesterday this tree had some major surgery as several limbs were potentially dangerous, … Continue reading 4.04
Happy Birthday to our son, who is it present in Budapest!
Our once new but now auld greenhouse was named after Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden. In the recent gales several glass panes have been blown out and our greenhouse is now … Continue reading Where is now?
We have lived in Bridge of Allan for two decades and throughout this time the shop ‘Country Pursuits’ has been a comforting presence on Henderson Street (the main thoroughfare through … Continue reading Country Pursuits
Christmas 2019 at Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan. Featuring: The Magic Roundabout, Gavin and Stacey, Paddington, The Tiger who came to Tea, Roald Dahl and the Renaissance Man. Music credits: (1) … Continue reading Step into
A few photographs from our weekend visit to Paris [on the second stage landing of the Eiffel Tower Hale Bopp came across the ‘Rue des Arts et des Sciences’]