How is he, that gentle gardener?

   

50 years a gardener

I came across this much broken and worn tombstone in Kirkliston Kirkyard. I believe it commemorates Alexander Gibson who was 50 years a gardener at Newliston House.

the first creatures to smile

In Nabakov’s memoir he does more than ‘speak M E M O R Y’. One of the passages that I most love from his memoir is this: What makes you … Continue reading the first creatures to smile

It was the rain

This film is for the Reverend Charles Brian Holliday (1934 – 2019). My uncle was known by his middle name Brian. The music is ‘To A Wild Rose’ by MacDowell … Continue reading It was the rain

In search of lost time

A film about Robert Scott, Robert Scott Moncrieff, Walter Scott, Henry Raeburn, Marcel Proust and a left-behind gateway that brings them all to auld Fossoway. This film is for my … Continue reading In search of lost time

Hame

So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:

‘Like the deck of a ship’

Kennetpans, an estate on the river Forth near the Kincardine Bridge, used to belong to my grandfather’s grandfather, Bob Scott (the man standing tall in a hat). Here is my … Continue reading ‘Like the deck of a ship’

The Peoples’ March

London, Saturday 23rd March 2019: All photographs taken by my cousin Adrian Holliday. Music Credit: ‘Roll Along’ by Roddy Woomble Radio Clip at the end: ‘Thought for the day’ Radio … Continue reading The Peoples’ March

Boathouse

This is a film about Alexander MacCallum Scott, MP, who was born in Boathouse, Blantyre, on the 16th June 1874. MacCallum Scott was MP for Bridgeton, Glasgow until 1922. He … Continue reading Boathouse

The brig that spans the Wharry

The Wharry glen is a magical place. The glen nestles between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Under the old stone Wharry bridge I wrote in chalk “That was lovely”. The … Continue reading The brig that spans the Wharry