Some of the history of the village of Bridge of Allan

our dear neighbour

Crawford has been our dear neighbour for almost two decades. We are so fortunate to live next door to him in a house that architecturally mirror’s his. Crawford is retired … Continue reading our dear neighbour

the first creatures to smile

In Nabakov’s memoir he does more than ‘speak M E M O R Y’. One of the passages that I most love from his memoir is this: What makes you … Continue reading the first creatures to smile

statues

“Meet you at the statue in an hour” is the closing line of the song ‘Piazza, New York Catcher’ by Belle and Sebastian. This line is repeated twice.     … Continue reading statues

Two Bridge of Allan Stalwarts

This celebration is worth attending. Malcolm Allan is an exceptional man. He is for me ‘Bridge of Allan’. His knowledge, brightness and ability are only matched by his interest in … Continue reading Two Bridge of Allan Stalwarts

on to which opened the little side-gate of our garden

A few photographs from this morning. The white alliums pictured below were taken in the reflection of a scratched hand-held mirror:   Blue centaurea have self-seeded  everywhere: And Candelabra primulas … Continue reading on to which opened the little side-gate of our garden

NOTES No. XXIV.

May 2019 and the Classic Car Rally arrives in Bridge of Allan. Credit: Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz (I do not have copyright)

Hame

So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:

And the artist . . .

Yesterday I met up with a musician in the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. But first of all I went to say hello to Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson. His bust was … Continue reading And the artist . . .

a person has to be transcendent somewhere

Cherry trees flowering in the play-park beside our house. From the garden I heard a grandfather who was playing hide-and-seek with his grandchild: “coming, ready or not!”