Outside medicine he was a keen gardener

A few years ago I spent a week exploring Scottish gardens that had been tended by a namesake – Peter Gordon, ‘Jobbing Gardener, Forres’. I had considered that, despite having … Continue reading Outside medicine he was a keen gardener

Heaven at last

In 1897, a Newport solicitor,  Robert Walker came across  a tombstone in Kilmany churchyard to an ancient Fife family. On a well-preserved copper plate he found the most beautiful words … Continue reading Heaven at last

Linnaeo Posuit

I would very much have liked to have met Frances Jane Hope and for her to show me her garden at Wardie Lodge, Granton, Edinburgh.In the mid-19th century, Frances Jane … Continue reading Linnaeo Posuit

Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’