an Age like this

George Orwell: thoughts and feelings of today [currently 2019]                  

The Magnetic and the True North

Have you travelled north? If so, have you ever reached ‘True North’? Do you consider ‘the Magnetic North’ to be the same as ‘True North’? And on this matter, how … Continue reading The Magnetic and the True North

Lost and Found

This is a film that is based on my visit to 14 William Street, Greenock on the last Saturday of August 2019. No. 14 William Street is a rare survivor. … Continue reading Lost and Found

Let me share this story one day

artist backwards [I was young] I walked into science. My Granny loved to tell how I could sleep whilst still standing: an ability that I lost before my Granny died. … Continue reading Let me share this story one day

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

from End to End

This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’.  This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End

Cothall

140 years ago, Cothall, on the Altyre Estate, was home to four families. It is my understanding (going by the census returns and the window counts therein) that in the … Continue reading Cothall

The Gardener

In a forthcoming film I will try to share, what I can, of an unknown gardener. Meantime, here are some words of literary gardeners, past and present:

April 1963

Thanks to Geoff and Joy Darracott, Pentwyn, for keeping this newspaper from the time of Dai and Eileen’s marriage: