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

“Consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”

The career, and it would seem the passion and love of Peter Gordon (1823-1885) ‘the gentle gardener’, began at Newton, Rayne, in Aberdeenshire. The ‘gentle gardener’ then traveled to Edinburgh … Continue reading “Consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”

With cream . . .

My mother’s family made – and lost – a fortune through marmalade. My father’s family, whisky smugglers, went on to become bankers. [This photograph features our cat Domino sleeping beside … Continue reading With cream . . .

Abergeldie castle: so nearly lost

I am sharing the following images of Abergeldie castle in advance of a series of films. In my proposed films I intend to share the same film track but to … Continue reading Abergeldie castle: so nearly lost

Abergeldie – on the edge of the Dee

3rd January 2016: I was distressed to wake up this morning to hear the news that Abergeldie castle’s fate is more uncertain than it has ever been. Abergeldie has the … Continue reading Abergeldie – on the edge of the Dee

Where eagles soar (part 1)

Chapter 2 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Where Eagles Soar – The Camlet The Camlet goes back to Abergeldy’s earliest days with a tied history stretching back to at least 1635, when … Continue reading Where eagles soar (part 1)

Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

Now Queen Victoria brings my mind to a rather special and dear cousin of Bovaglia – none other than John Brown, the Queen’s devoted Highland Servant. The bond comes through … Continue reading Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

God With Us – Abergeldy (part 1)

Chapter 4 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Abergeldy has become a dear friend to me and perhaps in another life I would be fortunate enough to be its chatelaine. Yet that is … Continue reading God With Us – Abergeldy (part 1)