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 . . .’

no can do

This was filmed at the abandoned farms of Tollafraick and Largue, Glenkindie, Strathdon [2nd January 2020] My apologies to the wonderful singers, who cover this Hall and Oates song, as … Continue reading no can do

Largue, Glenkindie

On Thursday 2nd January 2020 I was exploring Glenkindie and came across this abandoned farmhouse. It is called Largue and inside the old wooden box beds survive and were lined … Continue reading Largue, Glenkindie

Tollafraick

On Thursday 2nd January 2020 I was exploring Glenkindie and came across this abandoned farmhouse that is still full of colour. The farm is called Tollafraick “the heathery knows”. In … Continue reading Tollafraick

Time to take a break

Tollafraick, Strathdon, Thursday 2nd January 2020

Balbardie

Balbardie House, Bathgate, West Lothian, was the very last house designed by Robert Adam. He died before his drawings left his desk. Balbardie house, built after Robert Adam’s death, was … Continue reading Balbardie

1998

‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W. G. Sebald was considered by critics to be “one of the most remarkable books of the year”

herring and silk: loss, light

I was very fortunate to have been commissioned by Alexander McCall Smith to make short films of two of the songs from ‘These are our Hands’. One of those films … Continue reading herring and silk: loss, light

apples on the sill of the window

A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.

Quite beyond my reach

Quotes about gates (one of my fascinations) from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

The circular Yew hedge

The circular Yew hedge in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald