Glen Creran gardener

I recently came across this photograph of a Victorian gardener who worked in Glen Creran, Argyll. The photograph was annotated with the name of the gardener: Peter Rankin. To me … Continue reading Glen Creran gardener

Colour for today

for itself alone

A film about art and a little more. Audio Credits: (1) Grayson Perry answering questions from the audience after one of his Reith Lectures of 2013 (2) Junior Historians – … Continue reading for itself alone

‘we are attempting to survive our time’

Scottish Gardener

With the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘lock down’ I have been retreating into the garden where I need not distance myself from the emerging green shoots of life. I have recently … Continue reading Scottish Gardener

Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Last week I visited Craigroy on the Altyre Estate. My great-great-grandparents, John Gordon and Euphemia Ferguson, raised their family here before moving to Cothall. More than 30 years ago my … Continue reading Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

That small place in the whole of time

Filmed at Transit House. This film is based on a poem that I recently wrote on the Politician’s clock, in Transit House, Calton Hill Edinburgh. The poem is for Catherine … Continue reading That small place in the whole of time

The Great Garden

We are just home from a wonderful short-break at Kinlochlaich Gardens, Argyll. Both Peter and Sian are keen gardeners. We visited the island of Lismore taking the ferry from Port … Continue reading The Great Garden

That small space in the whole of time

On Sunday 23rd September we explored Strathearn. We were looking for Craigmill cottage, but alas we were to find that it had long since been demolished. In its place is … Continue reading That small space in the whole of time

But all the biosciences yield to biofiction

In my reading I collect ideas as “marginalia“. What follows are the words of others, including: Richard Holloway, Anne Tyler, Will Self, Tomas Tranströmer, Thomas Mann, Albert Camus, Julian Barnes, … Continue reading But all the biosciences yield to biofiction