Last Monday

The following poem is addressed to Robert Hepburn who died in Temple, 1798.  It is based on a  stone gateway that has out-survived the house that it long since introduced. … Continue reading Last Monday

an ordinary Degree

I gained two ordinary degrees before becoming a specialist. Sian, my wife, has been a General Practitioner in all the time that we have been together. I am now retired … Continue reading an ordinary Degree

incredible shapes

A passage from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

Omphalos films

My short films can be found here [the  above quote “Shapes, sounds, the energies and acuteness of life,” is from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd]

There was no time

This is  from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

She understood

[the full context of this quote can be found in The Quarry Wood]  

I like this place

The words are from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

annotation by Peter

This was how I annotated a page in my copy of The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd.

Arory-bory-Alice

In Chapter Three of The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd you will find a delightful family conversation about the northern lights, the aurora borealis: Footnote: The above painting is of … Continue reading Arory-bory-Alice

‘two small boys lay on their stomachs beside the puddle’

From boyhood I have loved gates. It is fair to say that they fascinate me. The humbler the gate – or gateway – the better!

A Doocot became a hoose

The pathway leading up to the Glentulchan Gardener’s House reminds me of one of the paths leading up to Little Sparta. It would seem that  Dovecot from Glentulchan was converted, … Continue reading A Doocot became a hoose

‘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’