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

Death of Perth Sawmaker

At Upper Lanrick farm there was a busy sawmill, but neither the farm ‘toun’ nor the sawmill have been active for at least a generation. Abandoned, their days are now … Continue reading Death of Perth Sawmaker

‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

On Friday 24th January 2020 I revisited the deserted farm of Upper Lanrick with my friend Ian. Whilst there we met a local farmer who told us that Upper Lanrick … Continue reading ‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

The Stone Tree of Lanrick

On Friday, 24th January 2020 I revisited the Stone Tree of Lanrick. My friend Ian was with me this time. We then had lunch together at the Woodside Hotel, Doune. … Continue reading The Stone Tree of Lanrick

‘Big Kate’

During her stay in The Trossachs, Queen Victoria visited various places of historical interest in the neighbourhood. One day she drove to Balquhidder to see Rob Roy’s grave. Another day … Continue reading ‘Big Kate’

20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

Without sharing a little of the backdrop, and some of the thoughts that inspired it, this film risks being misunderstood. My last day as a doctor was on 20-1-20. I … Continue reading 20/20 vision – right to reply [an edited transcript]

She said nothing and she shone

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory), that was created in about the 2nd … Continue reading She said nothing and she shone

The city built itself around them

Filmed in Paris, January 2020. Music credit: A trombone cover of Supertramp’s ‘Dreamer’ by Nick La Riviere

Together we could find music in any city in the world

January 2020: a family weekend in Paris. Music credits: (1) Prelude No 1 – in B Flat major by G Gershwin (2) Sunrise, Sunset – by The National Jazz Trio … Continue reading Together we could find music in any city in the world

Rue des Arts et des Sciences

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’]

The City is yours

Today we are heading to Paris for a family weekend. A present from Andrew and Rachel to their mum. In April 1964 my parents spent their honeymoon in Paris. This … Continue reading The City is yours