‘Are aulder than auld Perth’

The Mercer family was said to be “aye aulder than auld Perth”. In return for giving the North and South Inches to the people of Perth, the Mercer family were … Continue reading ‘Are aulder than auld Perth’

Keir Gardens

Keir estate is a most ancient one. For centuries it was owned by the Stirling family but is now in private ownership. If you have traveled on the M9 is … Continue reading Keir Gardens

Beside the castle

Last night, as the sun was setting, I wandered through the Valley cemetery that tucks in close beside Stirling castle. The Valley was full of Angels, Spring blossom and bird … Continue reading Beside the castle

Colour for today

for itself alone

A film about art and a little more. Audio Credits: (1) Grayson Perry answering questions from the audience after one of his Reith Lectures of 2013 (2) Junior Historians – … Continue reading for itself alone

Aldbar Castle

Aldbar castle, south of Brechin was demolished in 1965.

The Den o’ Aldbar

The Den o’ Aldbar is very beautiful. It is a quiet place where Nature is reclaiming antiquity:

Nyūmon

The nyūmon plays a dual role, both defining the boundaries of space and inviting visitors in. The word has been used by many Japanese writers for what we call “introductions”. … Continue reading Nyūmon

apples on the sill of the window

A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.

Quite beyond my reach

Quotes about gates (one of my fascinations) from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald

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

vagabond language

A family follow the Cypress avenue at Craigtoun Park to the gatepiers (1974) Notes: The architect for Craigtoun died the day I was born (but 53 years before) My daughter … Continue reading vagabond language