In the middle of the Yew

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

Second Chef Required

A film about Kildonan House in South Ayrshire Music: this most beautiful cover of ‘Will You’ by Zoe Blaikie

He spoke like a torrent

Historians of the past have recorded that Reverend Alexander Peden [1626-1686] used to preach from Peden’s Mount on the Water of Tig in South Ayrshire. Music credit: a Motet by … Continue reading He spoke like a torrent

60 days for begging

This film is about Henry Ewing Talbot (1911-1983). He was known as ‘Snibs’. For the last three decades of his life he lived in Bennane cave in South Ayrshire. A … Continue reading 60 days for begging

I dinner’d wi’ a Lord

A film about Nether Catrine Hoose, Ayrshire. Music Credit: Chasing the sun – by James Ross Poem: by Rabbie Burns, recited by Brian Cox (for BBC Scotland)

Boswell’s Summerhouse

Auchinleck summerhouse is carved directly into the red sandstone embankment that rises from Dippol burn. These photographs are from a visit on Sunday 8th September 2019:

Book of Company

On Sunday we visited Auchinleck House in Ayrshire. It was restored by James Simpson who is a friend of Peter’s. Auchinleck was the family seat of the diarist and biographer … Continue reading Book of Company

Girgenti: footnotes and forget-me-nots

Introducing Girgenti At Girgenti you can still hear two girls sing. Girgenti followed Paestum From Thimble Row to Discoveries:

Discoveries at Girgenti

This is my final film on Girgenti:

Girgenti followed Paestum

It might have been the other way around: Paestum may have followed Girgenti. Nabokov once said that he “did not believe in time”. What follows is Girgenti [in the form … Continue reading Girgenti followed Paestum

Girgenti

Girgenti followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.