IRONSIDE

James Ironside, a Peterheid loon born in 1865, began his career as a gardener at Pitfour, near Mintlaw: After learning the art, craft and science of gardening at Pitfour, James … Continue reading IRONSIDE

How is he, that gentle gardener?

Blackadder Walled Garden, Berwickshire. Music credit: King Creosote, live, Glasgow Concert Hall, 12 March 2020.

Blackadder walled garden

can outlive stone

It is a reality of nature, time and being, that much of our ‘designed’ human landscape may not last. Yet stories, broken only by the passing moment, can outlive stone!

Blackadder

After visiting Ellemhaugh I travelled further southwards to explore, what remains of Blackadder (near Allanton): Blackadder House was demolished in 1925 by Charles Brand Ltd. Only it’s riverside footings and … Continue reading Blackadder

He walked out through the entrance gate

The sun had just risen on Sunday 22nd July 2018 as I walked through golden crops to Panmure Estate (I was in my kilt as later that morning I was … Continue reading He walked out through the entrance gate

Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

This is a post about a house called ‘Rockville’, 3 Napier Road, Edinburgh. It was built by James Gowans. Rockville was demolished in 1966. Today, only the gateposts survive. James … Continue reading Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve