The Captain of Wanderwrang

The Keir roundabout on the A9, a few miles south of Dunblane, will be familiar to many travelling North. In slowing for the roundabout the eye is drawn to a … Continue reading The Captain of Wanderwrang

Pianos and Flowers

On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers

Diary of a house

As a young family we moved into Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan, on St Andrew’s Day, 2001. We had been looking for a new home for some time. Peter and Sian, … Continue reading Diary of a house

Edwin Morgan steps

I made the ‘Edwin Morgan steps’ the best part of 15 years ago. Last week I repainted the inscribed words. On the steps I also carved this: This was how … Continue reading Edwin Morgan steps

We will get through this

The village of Bridge of Allan is rallying around to support one another in this troubled time: When walking to the local shop from our house we first pass the … Continue reading We will get through this

I do want my ice-cream

This is an edit of a family film from 2008. It carries the opening and closing sequences. The full film, unedited and 12 years old: You can hear the dew … Continue reading I do want my ice-cream

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

4.04

Several trees in our garden have grown very large including a silver birch tree by our pond. Yesterday this tree had some major surgery as several limbs were potentially dangerous, … Continue reading 4.04

‘There must be more equality in society’

The following is part of what I consider to be a most important Editorial that featured in Scotland on Sunday of 8th March 2020:

Country Pursuits

We have lived in Bridge of Allan for two decades and throughout this time the shop ‘Country Pursuits’ has been a comforting presence on Henderson Street (the main thoroughfare through … Continue reading Country Pursuits