of absence and presence

In 1855, Duncan Brown, Janitor for the Glasgow School of Art and pioneering amateur photographer, took a photograph of five men and two boys in a garden . . . … Continue reading of absence and presence


HMS K13, a steam-powered submarine, was built at Fairfield Shipbuilders, Glasgow, and launched on the 11th November 1916. 29 January 1917, whilst on sea trials in Gareloch , there was … Continue reading K13

The Dug-Out

In 1916–17, the Dug Out tea room was created in an adjoining basement to Miss Kate Cranston’s Willow Tea Room, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The designs and artwork were by Charles … Continue reading The Dug-Out

Time Passes. Listen. Time Passes

On Saturday we watched ‘Scotland from the Sky’ presented by James Crawford.   In the first episode James returned to Clydebank where the monumental SINGER factory used to be. It is … Continue reading Time Passes. Listen. Time Passes

A new mural in Glasgow

I really like this new mural. I have not yet seen it in ‘real life’ but hope to soon! It reminded me of a time, in my youth, when I … Continue reading A new mural in Glasgow


A few images[observations] from the West End of Glasgow, Monday 14th September 2020:


Yesterday I took Big Ted with me yesterday to Glasgow. I was not there for any reason other than to wander and observe. I was exploring the West end area … Continue reading HOME and AWAY

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

a letter-carrier

It would have been wonderful to chat with this old letter-carrier and to listen to his stories:


The Morrison family were once well known in Forres. This family ran a Grocery shop from 120 High Street,  where they lived above the shop: On the last day of … Continue reading NOTICE of REMOVAL


Garngad House was William Drury’s private lunatic asylum, In the 1827 sketch [above] the spire of Glasgow Cathedral is visible in the background. In 1814 William Drury came to Glasgow … Continue reading GARNGAD