The Well Hoose

The following account of visiting Bridge of Allan Well House is by Dr Murray Cook [as published in the Stirling Observer, 7 October 2020] The following images were taken by … Continue reading The Well Hoose

A most ancient place

I have recently come across this account of the ancient history of Drumdruills, which in my grandfather’s time was a fruit orchard. The etymology of Drumdruills is still being revealed, … Continue reading A most ancient place

BE BRIEF

This frontpage advert featured in several Scottish newspapers in June 1943. This was during WWII and in the very month that my mother was born here in Bridge of Allan. … Continue reading BE BRIEF

a gardening hand

Five short films on Mossgrove garden, Bridge of Allan: I would like to dedicate this series of films to my cousin Adrian.

Everything is growing in our garden

The fifth film in a series on our garden. Music credit: Garden Song – a cover of this Phoebe Bridgers song by Anton TL

Pereunt et Imputantur

The fourth film in a series on our garden Music Credit: The Garden (acoustic cover)

so alive

This is the third film based on our garden. Music credit: ‘Garden’ by C. Duncan

reaching like a sweet pea for the sun

This is the second film I have made for a series on our garden. Music credit: Scarborough Fair – a beautiful cover of this Simon and Garfunkel song by Mike … Continue reading reaching like a sweet pea for the sun

A whole garden made out of love

On the last day of July 2020 I visited the esate of SeaPark in Morayshire. The mansion house is currently in a poor state and is on the Buildings at … Continue reading A whole garden made out of love

Very old tonight

As a wee boy I was taken by my Granny to a theatre in Edinburgh to see a production of ‘Peter Pan’. Since then I have been fascinated with shadows. … Continue reading Very old tonight

BEWARE THE FLY!

This poster was issued by Stirling Burgh’s Sanitary Inspector in 1927 to local shops and businesses: The stern language now reads as dramatic, but at this time the antibacterial effects … Continue reading BEWARE THE FLY!

No.1 Shrub Place

From No.1 Shrub Place, Edinburgh, a dynasty of gardeners grew. No.1 Shrub Place was where Melville Christie and his wife Jane raised their family. Melville Christie was employed as a gardener … Continue reading No.1 Shrub Place