In this category are the twenty chapters from a book Hole Ousia wrote in spring 2006 about his family history

The Observer Magazine

A few images, some with editing, from the Observer Magazine of Sunday 9th August 2020:

Wall-to-wall wonderful

In May 1937 Charles Webster, Head Gardener for Gordon Castle, retired after 55 years of service: Charles Webster, who was born five years after this census, was the son of John … Continue reading Wall-to-wall wonderful

E P I T A P H

When you enter Holyrood Park from the Meadowbank side via Duke’s Walk, you will find yourself walking past a strange pile of rocks which looks like an unfinished rockery: Muschat’s … Continue reading E P I T A P H

A whole garden made out of love

On the last day of July 2020 I visited the esate of SeaPark in Morayshire. The mansion house is currently in a poor state and is on the Buildings at … Continue reading A whole garden made out of love

BIG TIME [it’s just me]

Filmed at Easter Limekilns, Dava, Scotland, 2nd August 2020. Music credit: Cosmic Love – a live performance by Florence and the Machine. This film is for CAROL FRASER.

The sky is alive

Thunderstorm, Bridge of Allan, Wednesday 12 August 2020 [3am – 5am] Music credit: The Glitter Freeze – by Gorillaz

The Well of the Seven Heads

An old obelisk with a macabre tale has long stood by the side of Loch Oich in the Scottish Highlands. Erected in 1812 by the Chief of Clan Macdonnell, the … Continue reading The Well of the Seven Heads

By this Algorithm

The ‘location’ of this centre  of Scotland: Footnote: A few years ago I made this film: This ‘centre of Scotland’  had been calculated by a different algorithm.

‘On page 340 there is a smudged fingerprint’

I read with interest the Scotland on Sunday review of Ali Smith’s Summer. It will be my next read, along with Richard Holloway’s new book.

Aloysius

Aloysius gained iconic status as the teddy bear clutched by effete Oxford student Sebastian Flyte in the 1981 television adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh classic “Brideshead Revisited.” The original Aloysius … Continue reading Aloysius

To Sea in a Sieve

I came across this interesting story in the Scotland on Sunday, 9 August 2020 [the author of this book, Peter Bull, was a collector of teddy bears, one of his … Continue reading To Sea in a Sieve

a signpost

I got lost a number of times when in Moray. I neither have a mobile phone nor a sat-nav. It was with some joy that, at the end of a … Continue reading a signpost