During the lockdown I regularly walked the Darn road, by the Allan Water, to Dunblane. What follows is based on exploring ‘the local’ as widely as I could! A garden … Continue reading Dunblane Cathedral reopens
Ruban Rouge, 61 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan is open again. This boutique offers ‘Women’s fashion from across Europe. From Classic to Casual’. One of my Granny’s friends used to … Continue reading ‘We’ve really missed you’
I have this odd fascination with road signs. They often collect around the Nineveh fountain. Sometimes they even seem to suggest some sort of metaphor?!
It was while researching ‘Peter the puggled gardener’ that I came across a reference to this ‘GRAFFITO’. It is of a galley inscribed on a natural rock above Loch Creran … Continue reading GRAFFITO
This account of reading in a time of ‘lockdown’, by Alexander McCall Smith, was printed in the Herald on the 4th July 2020:
The ‘five-mile limit’ was lifted today:
25 February 2019: Peter and Sian wandered the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It was the first day of a wonderful short break. We were looking for ‘Apollo’s Temple’. We came … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple
Opening voice: Alastair McIntosh [BBC Radio Scotland ‘Thought for the day’, 15 August 2018 Closing voice: Professor Philip Davis, Director Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, University of … Continue reading wilder and more memorable
I started as a medical student in Aberdeen in late summer of 1985, and for the next 3 years (until my father bought me an old car), I used STAGECOACH … Continue reading ‘Get your new colour brochure now!’
Covid-19: [At the time of making this film]: for the 2,472 have died in Scotland, and their families
The heron, made of iron, had aged rusty, quite beautifully so. The heron’s vital long toes, always a little ungainly, left more so by weather and time. The heron, fallen … Continue reading The sparkling Tay is there!
Last night, Rachel set up her projector in our living room, and we watched this delightful film on a Mossgrove wall. It is a beautifully understated film and quite touching. … Continue reading Days of the Bagnold summer