Very old tonight

As a wee boy I was taken by my Granny to a theatre in Edinburgh to see a production of ‘Peter Pan’. Since then I have been fascinated with shadows. … Continue reading Very old tonight

Argaty Photograph Album

Strirling Council Archives have kindly made open to all,  photographs from Argaty estate, that were taken in the 1920s: After a fire in April 2011, Argaty House was left as … Continue reading Argaty Photograph Album

a circle with teeth

I recently went to collect the disused circular saw blade from the abandoned and derelict Lanrick saw mill. My understanding is that the whole site of Upper Lanrick is soon … Continue reading a circle with teeth

Death of Perth Sawmaker

At Upper Lanrick farm there was a busy sawmill, but neither the farm ‘toun’ nor the sawmill have been active for at least a generation. Abandoned, their days are now … Continue reading Death of Perth Sawmaker

‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

On Friday 24th January 2020 I revisited the deserted farm of Upper Lanrick with my friend Ian. Whilst there we met a local farmer who told us that Upper Lanrick … Continue reading ‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

“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:   

This day of the week

Filmed at Lanrick Home farm – between November rain: Audio: Radio 4 – Only Artists, 14 Nov 2018: Poet Don Paterson meets composer Thomas Adès. Music credit: ‘John my beloved‘ … Continue reading This day of the week

Snug as a bug in a rug

After reading me a bedtime story and putting me to bed my mum used to say, no doubt like her mother said to her when she was wee: “Sleep tight. … Continue reading Snug as a bug in a rug

A stone tree!

Some years ago, when I first visited this stone tree – the MacGregor monument – it took me a whole day to find! So very few know about it. Here … Continue reading A stone tree!

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’