‘A life revisited’

What follows are a few extracts from ‘A Life Revisited’ by Philip Eade, which is a marvellous account of the life of Evelyn Waugh:    

“Just doing, speaking, writing . . . “

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 . . . “

50 years a gardener

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.

Shapes abandoned

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

“An atmosphere of calm boredom”

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”

‘in my post-medical landscape’

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’

The manner of what we make defines us

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

My dissertation on Hedges

22 years ago I was awarded distinction by the University of Edinburgh for my dissertation on hedges. I recall the gist of my dissertation but not the detail: I first … Continue reading My dissertation on Hedges