Somewhere on the other side of the afternoon’s horizon

Peter and Sian had a break in the Scottish Borders, September 2020. We stayed in Kelso, at Ednam House. This is a short film.

‘His solace, his recreation, his enjoyment’

Hector Rose [1826-1872] was Head Gardener at Floors Castle from 1857 to 1868. He was born in Cawdor, the son of a village shoemaker: The early career of Hector Rose … Continue reading ‘His solace, his recreation, his enjoyment’


Last week I visited the ruined Church of Temple, Midlothian. On the south gable wall a tombstone was long ago inserted: This tombstone remembers Charles Hitchener who died in April … Continue reading STOBS

Scotland’s oldest clockmaker dead

In January 1920, William Craik of Dalkeith, then ‘Scotland’s oldest clockmaker’ died. He advertised: “as a practical man W.C. would particularly recommend these American watches to those working men requiring … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest clockmaker dead