In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

GRAFFITO

It was while researching ‘Peter the puggled gardener’ that I came across a reference to this ‘GRAFFITO’. It is of a galley inscribed on a natural rock above Loch Creran … Continue reading GRAFFITO

‘Hill of the Resurrection’

On the south bank of the sea loch that is Loch Fyne, above Newton Bay, is a small summit known in Gaelic as: Tradition (little more than oral recall) has … Continue reading ‘Hill of the Resurrection’

Glen Creran gardener

I recently came across this photograph of a Victorian gardener who worked in Glen Creran, Argyll. The photograph was annotated with the name of the gardener: Peter Rankin. To me … Continue reading Glen Creran gardener

‘House island’

Loch Eilt is a freshwater loch in the West Highlands of Scotland, and separates the traditional districts of Morar, to the north, and Moidart, to the south. Loch Eilt [loch … Continue reading ‘House island’

‘The Polaroid Diaries’

This was the ‘Portfolio’ feature in last Sunday’s Herald. It feaured a new book entitled ‘Linda McCartney: The Polaoroid Diaries’. Last year visited High Park, Kintyre and I made this … Continue reading ‘The Polaroid Diaries’

Samalaman

A film about Samalaman which featured in a recent Sunday newspaper as “do-upper-of-the-week”: Most of the photographs in this film come from here [I do not have copyright for these … Continue reading Samalaman

To feel the wider life of Art

This was filmed at Barbreck, Argyll. It is about the friendship between James Archibald Campbell and Patrick Geddes. This film is for Ian Collins, who like Patrick Geddes has shown … Continue reading To feel the wider life of Art

For ruin was certainly ahead

Photograph: Barbreck Mausoleum from the Folly Words: some of a page from  ‘A Far Cry From Kensington’ by Muriel Spark Other ruins can be found here.