My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.
Mar Lodge sits right beside Stirling Castle and shares its majestic view. It was built in 1817 and has a simple, yet pleasing geometry about it. As a house it … Continue reading Little Billy
Last night, as the sun was setting, I wandered through the Valley cemetery that tucks in close beside Stirling castle. The Valley was full of Angels, Spring blossom and bird … Continue reading Beside the castle
Thursday 20th February 2010. Aldbar, south of Brechin. The trees are of Alblar are now at their best [but not ‘maintained’] The family of Alblar has been forgotten. [The castle … Continue reading Aldbar
It is wonderful to read in the Herald that £100,000 has been set aside to keep Scotland’s auldest library going. I have visited Innerpeffray library with Sian and also with … Continue reading “was really quite radical . . .”
This auld bridge carried the Glenlivet to Inveravon road over the River Livet. It predates the work of General Wade by at least a century. It is believed to have … Continue reading The auld Brig o’ Livet
The Site of Auchendrane Castle not a vestige of which remains. It was the residence of John Muir mentioned in Sir Walter Scott’s Tragedy of Auchendrane. Patterson in his History … Continue reading The Auchendrane Yew
The poet Tomas Tranströmer said: The following account of St. Columba`s Yew on the island of Bernera was written by Paul Greenwood: “Bernera is a tiny tidal isle to the … Continue reading St Columba’s Yew
I visited Dalquharron, Ayrshire, on Friday, 18th January 2019. I then made this film. It is for Alexander McCall Smith who some years ago reached out to me. McCall Smith … Continue reading Magically reaches out . . .
It was lovely to find Earlshall featured in this week’s Scotland on Sunday and to hear how yew shapes abandoned in an Edinburgh garden were brought to this Fife garden … Continue reading Shapes abandoned
I visited Inchbrakie, near Crieff on the 17th December 2018. It was a damp and dreich day in a remote part of my country but I somehow felt history all … Continue reading Inchbrakie
The Inchbrakie yew, visited by me on the 17th December 2018. This was the last refuge of the Marquis of Montrose. Yet naebody seems to remember? I worry about disembodied … Continue reading Headless