I cannot recall exactly the exact date  in 2014 that I first visited Carsebreck, home of the BONSPIEL. However, I do recall that I had a lot on my mind. This film reflects that!

Carsebreck [a voyage through art and time]:

To play this short film please click here or on the image above.

In 2014 I visited Carsebreck curling pond. It is a very special place now populated by wintering wildfowl rather than people. I made a film but was never truly happy with it. So this year I have made another film about Carsebreck. This film is called: IMPRINT [nearness of distance]:

To play this film please click here or on the image above.

This film is for Paul Murton in thanks for his wonderful Scottish travelogues

Music credit: In your eyes – Christa Wells beautiful cover of Peter Gabriel’s song

Archive footage: The Moving Image Archive

My thanks to: John S [Wharryburn] for so kindly sharing memories and family photographs of his grandfather’s farm.

Thanks also to the writings of: Nan Shepherd, John Berger, Vladimir Nabokov, Deborah Levy and Ali Smith.

8 Replies to “Carsebreck”

  1. My husband’s grandparents lived in this house in the 20s. What an interesting and creative film.

    1. Dear Donna,
      How kind of you to get in touch. I like to imagine the house in the time of your grandparents – a family home.

      This was one of my more ‘experimental’ films. I seem to recall that I was trying to get across that a way of life had gone, in a similar way to the Carsebreck bonspiel.

      Carsebreck is a beautiful place and with so much bird life.

      Thank you for writing. I do not promote my homemade films in any way so it is lovely to get your feedback. Thank you.

      aye Peter Gordon
      Bridge of Allan

  2. I love that place. The house has always captivated me and I’d love to have lived there. Do you or Donna now anything about it’s history? When it was built and who lived there? When the geese arrive in the Autumn it must be the most amazing place to live.

    1. Thanks Bob,
      I shall try and do a little more research on the house and its ‘lived life’.

      Donna is likely to be able to help more than I can.

      Yep, I would love to live there and to see the Geese return.

      aye Peter

  3. Carsebreck…well done sir.! My grandfather farmed there from 1921 – 1942. Royal Edinburgh Curling Club would send a telegram asking him to measure the ice to see if it would hold. It was done with some show and The Courier was on hand to take pictures and publish them as advertising I guess. I have photos of him with, looks like 10inches of ice. He had five children, my mother was born at the farm. Mixed arable/livestock. He was proud to have risen from fatherless Fife ploughboy to farm on his own account. Outbuildings were demolished about 25yrs ago and the stone used to strengthen the loch bank. Loch is artificial, only inches deep and was designed so nobody could drown at instigation of a keen curling Director of (LMS..?) railway in 1862. The farm children charged curlers sixpence to pull their stones to the lochside on their sledges. My mother spoke of those days lovingly. I tried to buy the place some time back but the arab owners were intransigent…so sad in many ways.
    John S

    1. Dear John,
      Thank you for sharing these wonderful details of Carsebreck from your grandfaither’s time! I was fascinated to learn waht you shared. Carsebreck is a special place. I felt that on visiting and my film was thus on the ‘feel’ and whit wis on my mind at the time! Forgive me.

      The management of the Blackford Estate has lacked in many ways but perhaps is getting a little better?

      aye Peter

      Bridge of Allan

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