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

city maps

A visit to Einburgh, Monday 6 July 2020:

‘Closer to resolution’

For many years I have been part of a widely shared determination to see Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School become a school of Music: I have made several supportive films: … Continue reading ‘Closer to resolution’

Bottle washed ashore

This bottle, with a message, was washed in November 1857. Whitberry point is a few miles north of Dunbar.

[a sense of] catching up with [myself]

This account of reading  in a time of ‘lockdown’, by Alexander McCall Smith, was printed in the Herald on the 4th July 2020:

“In order to begin to heal”

Sir Tom Devine, the Herald, Sunday 14 June 2020: D U N I R A, a lost garden, which Nature is healing:

a woman named

Janet Carstairs: Footnote: From currently availble archives, I have been unable to find anything more about Janet Carstairs. So little is recorded. The little that may be recorded is based … Continue reading a woman named

150 feet above the rest of us

At the weekend, our daughter Rachel made a BLACK LIVES MATTER sign and put it up in our front window beside the RAINBOW that she had previously made with her … Continue reading 150 feet above the rest of us

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

A Dishonest Sweep

Philip Hughes (1836-1896), a Chimney Sweep who lived and worked in Edinburgh, had a troubled life. His family, and the City he lived in, were also troubled by his behaviour. … Continue reading A Dishonest Sweep

R E E K I A N A

James Skene (1775-1864), advocate, antiquarian and confidant of Sir Walter Scott, had a profound sense of Edinburgh as a changing city. In the early 19th century, he witnessed, at first … Continue reading R E E K I A N A

Princes Street Gardens

This film is for my Granny who died in 1998. She used to take me on the bus into Edinburgh and we fed birds in Princes Street Gardens. It is … Continue reading Princes Street Gardens