‘the way everything has slowed down’

Dani Garavelli, is a freelance journalist that I admire. Her weekly feature in Scotland on Sunday is one that I look forward to. In last Sunday’s edition, Dani Garvelli wrote … Continue reading ‘the way everything has slowed down’

‘In Gordon Street’

Last week, the Scotsman featured ‘In Gordon Street’ as its ‘poem of the week’. This poem by Gerry Cambridge reminded me of a night, when with my son Andrew, we … Continue reading ‘In Gordon Street’

Notes from HERE and THERE

Holmhill House, Dunblane, where extraordinary charity began. Grace Donaldson raised thousands of pounds for charities and alongside financial legacies, left on her death, the park of Holmehill to the children … Continue reading Notes from HERE and THERE

I am incredibly shy

I keep seeking a language [that might begin to explain] a feeling that lives on in me.

‘Herd instinct’

An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187

On the other side of the fence

We have an old stone wall that sweeps around our garden. In the twenty years that we have lived in Mossgrove, this wall has had a wooden fence above it. … Continue reading On the other side of the fence

do more than spell the word

I have been reading ‘Understanding a Photograph’ by John Berger. When I read this sentence I found myself considering the approach currently taken, at least in much of the Western … Continue reading do more than spell the word

Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Filmed at Corston Mill (now in ruins) near Strathmiglo, Fife. Music: Covers of ‘Since Yesterday’, one is by Karine Polwart and the other by a wonderful homemade artist, but alas, … Continue reading Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Something of the sky

This film is for Sian. Thanks to Mike Mckenzie for writing such a beautiful song from his home.

2mm

This short film is about a village response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Footage is from Bridge of Allan and from our house and garden. The voice is that of Alastair … Continue reading 2mm

The Sisters’ Garden

This photograph makes me smile. The Matron looks fierce but the Sisters’ as bonny as the flowers that they are tending! The exact location of the Sisters’ Garden has been … Continue reading The Sisters’ Garden

No.1 Shrub Place

From No.1 Shrub Place, Edinburgh, a dynasty of gardeners grew. No.1 Shrub Place was where Melville Christie and his wife Jane raised their family. Melville Christie was employed as a gardener … Continue reading No.1 Shrub Place