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)
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:
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
Introducing Girgenti At Girgenti you can still hear two girls sing. Girgenti followed Paestum From Thimble Row to Discoveries:
This is my final film on Girgenti:
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 followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.
Thesis 1389, and that of Dr Iain Smith give an account of Girgenti following the death of Captain John Cheape:
Captain John Cheape died in 1850. Unmarried and with no children, he left Girgenti to six Scottish hospitals. Girgenti was then sold and re-sold. Summer was giving way to autumn.
After serving as a Captain in the Napoleonic wars Captain John Cheape “retired” to the Girgenti of his imagination: