comet [COMET]

My son Andrew was born under the glow of Hale Bopp. I have been fascinated with passing comets ever since. Their forever fading tails [tales] seem as wonderful to me as … Continue reading comet [COMET]

Dracula Salad

In the late 1980s, I visited Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, with my closest medical school friends. We did so on several occasions as it gave us a guid excuse to … Continue reading Dracula Salad

suicide cairns

You may not be aware of this, but across Scotland there are surviving cairns which mark where somebody who had taken their life was once buried. Generally the names have … Continue reading suicide cairns

Bell Tree

The First Ordnance Survey Book, c1865, Auchindoir parish, Aberdeenshire: BELL TREE: “A venerable looking Sycamore near to Druminnor House, having a bell amongst its branches, & which was formerly used … Continue reading Bell Tree

Known by this name

Anglers on the River Don have long been familar with a deep pool known as ‘Philips Pot’. The first Ordinance Survey notebook of 1858 gives this description: Of this “lunatic” … Continue reading Known by this name

The Aultdrachty rauchle

Naebody mynds Aultdrachty noo, though lood it rattles still. Yet Aultdrachty’s watter wis’nae awas clear, an it hods a muckle saicret. Sae hearken, an hear the feech o’ the packman, … Continue reading The Aultdrachty rauchle

Dunbuy

Dunbuy rock, with its distinctive natural arch, is to be found just beyond Cruden Bay on a promontory reaching out into the North Sea. As a medical student, after visiting … Continue reading Dunbuy

The Secret Garden

This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden

“Consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”

The career, and it would seem the passion and love of Peter Gordon (1823-1885) ‘the gentle gardener’, began at Newton, Rayne, in Aberdeenshire. The ‘gentle gardener’ then traveled to Edinburgh … Continue reading “Consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

The only absolute non-stops

This film is about the road over the Capel o’ Mount in Scotland and a ruined Inn called Knowegreens. The Only Absolute Non-Stops from omphalos Music credits: (1) ‘Beyond the … Continue reading The only absolute non-stops