Pianos and Flowers

On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers

on a cross-bar

I have been reading ‘Piano & Flowers‘ by Alexander McCall Smith in my garden. This is an imaginative ‘sort-of’ review of this wonderful collection of romantic short stories: My love … Continue reading on a cross-bar

Scottish Gardener

With the Covid-19 pandemic and ‘lock down’ I have been retreating into the garden where I need not distance myself from the emerging green shoots of life. I have recently … Continue reading Scottish Gardener

Christina: a new folk performance

Last night, in Brechin Town House, I was fortunate to be among the audience for this new folk performance by Essa Flett: a beautiful imagination of the life Miss Christina … Continue reading Christina: a new folk performance

“Sold to one of Scotland’s wealthiest women”

In May of this year I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that had just been sold. I found the faux-Tudor-Italianate House to be dilapidated, and to my eyes, … Continue reading “Sold to one of Scotland’s wealthiest women”

Memory Lane

My base for wandering and wondering in the north east of Scotland was the Station Hotel, Insch. I was in the Dunnydeer room and had a window view to the … Continue reading Memory Lane

t e m p l e

[Castle S E M P L E] Today I visited a “temple”. It now a ruinous shell. It has out-survived it’s castle and all that ever grew in the castle’s … Continue reading t e m p l e

Miss Christina Gib

This page is a work-in-progress. It is about Maulesden House, Brechin which was demolished shortly after WWII. Miss Christina Gib (1824-1863), who was born at Maulesden House, compiled musical notebooks … Continue reading Miss Christina Gib

The Gardener

In a forthcoming film I will try to share, what I can, of an unknown gardener. Meantime, here are some words of literary gardeners, past and present:

‘I am La Louve. I am Longmeadow.’

This post is for the wonderful Monty Don.