Wander into the woods [reserved for teddy bears etc . . .]

Duncryne hill, by Gartocharn is known locally as the Dumpling, is a tiny hill of only 465 feet above sea level: “However the very short ascent gives a reward out … Continue reading Wander into the woods [reserved for teddy bears etc . . .]

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”:

Stirling Marathon

Yesterday Andrew ran the Stirling half-marathon and ran his best time yet. We enjoyed cheering on all the runners. In-between starting and finishing times we wandered around auld Stirling stopping … Continue reading Stirling Marathon

The peacemaker

A film about Oswald’s Temple, Auchincruive, Ayrshire Music credit: Scott Walker Revisited

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!”

Paestum followed

Returning from Ayrshire I listened to a radio interview of Ian McEwan. The following short film is carried by some of what he said. Whilst in Ayrshire (I was there … Continue reading Paestum followed

the art of departing from

Yesterday I was in Edinburgh. Footnote: Quotes come from (or are about) the following authors: Albert Camus, Yann Martel, Jessie Burton, Richard Holmes Kazuo Ishiguro,  and Richard Holloway  

‘Like the deck of a ship’

Kennetpans, an estate on the river Forth near the Kincardine Bridge, used to belong to my grandfather’s grandfather, Bob Scott (the man standing tall in a hat). Here is my … Continue reading ‘Like the deck of a ship’