I have been reading ‘Piano & Flowers‘ by Alexander McCall Smith in my garden. This is an imaginative ‘sort-of’ review of this wonderful collection of romantic short stories: My love … Continue reading on a cross-bar
Our once new but now auld greenhouse was named after Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden. In the recent gales several glass panes have been blown out and our greenhouse is now … Continue reading Where is now?
My latest short film is a celebration of ‘Take Hart’, BBC. This 1970-80s program had a huge impact upon me! Each episode of ‘Take Hart’ included a gallery called ‘Vision … Continue reading Take Hart
What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:
Last Sunday we were in Edinburgh to meet a cousin of my mother’s but having arrived early had some time to wander. Twenty five years earlier, one of my first … Continue reading “Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “
I came across this much broken and worn tombstone in Kirkliston Kirkyard. I believe it commemorates Alexander Gibson who was 50 years a gardener at Newliston House.
It was lovely to find Earlshall featured in this week’s Scotland on Sunday and to hear how yew shapes abandoned in an Edinburgh garden were brought to this Fife garden … Continue reading Shapes abandoned
For my birthday my wife bought me the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire edition of the “Buildings of Scotland”. I was interested to come across this description of Carstairs State Hospital: In … Continue reading “An atmosphere of calm boredom”
Scottish Chapter Prize: EGOs get in the way of being true. I was awarded every award in my post-medical landscape. But awards are not signs to be posted on maps. … Continue reading ‘in my post-medical landscape’
EGOs get in the way of life and land. I was awarded every award in my post-medical landscape. But awards are not signs to be posted on maps. Let nature … Continue reading Scottish Chapter Prize
The first in a series of films celebrating the work of Geoffrey Jellicoe. Music Credit: “Alice”
Filmed at Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan, on Saturday 22nd April 2017. For my Grumpa, Rab Scott, for revealing to me graft, love and blossom. To Sian, who saw a garden … Continue reading The manner of what we make defines us