Edwin Morgan steps

I made the ‘Edwin Morgan steps’ the best part of 15 years ago. Last week I repainted the inscribed words. On the steps I also carved this: This was how … Continue reading Edwin Morgan steps

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

‘Why . . . I garden’

In the current BMJ, Peter Brennan explains ‘why . . . I garden’.

Long ago, Dr Anton Chekhov wrote in his diary

p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a

One of my favorite shrubs does not flower. It is called parrotia persica and each year it gives a wonderful display with every leaf unique in differing colours. The parrotia … Continue reading p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work:   

The Butler’s son (this is for you)

Gelston castle, outside Castle Douglas:

Logan Botanic Garden

When in Galloway we visited the wonderful Logan Botanic Garden. The sun was out – and it was both exotic and homely – even as autumn began:

The Secret Garden

This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden