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

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

F I N D I N G S

‘FINDINGS’ by Kathleen Jamie is a book that you should read. Kathleen’s way of seeing wowed John Berger. No wonder. Here are some of my favourite findings from FINDINGS:   … Continue reading F I N D I N G S

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

Stravaiging need not be lonely

On Monday I was driving nowhere in particular [it is often better than driving somewhere]. Hale Bopp was with me: stravaiging need not be lonely. We came across this gate … Continue reading Stravaiging need not be lonely

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

What story might you create: Skeldon House Lodge

I have always been drawn to gates and openings. I am sure that I am not alone in feeling the thrill of the landscape’s invite: the approach, the anticipation of … Continue reading What story might you create: Skeldon House Lodge