Aldbar

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

“was really quite radical . . .”

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 . . .”

St Columba’s 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

Magically reaches out . . .

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 . . .

Shapes abandoned

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

Inchbrakie

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

‘Lady Green Sleeves’

I recently visited what survives of Inchbrakie, near Crieff. This was the centuries auld hame of the Graeme family until the ‘modern’ mansion house was sold in 1882 – only … Continue reading ‘Lady Green Sleeves’

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Scotland’s oldest free library

As part of Doors Open Day we visited the old library of Inverpeffray on Sunday 23rd September 2018. This is my film. Music credit: Menagerie Choir – cover of “Wrapped … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest free library