The Secret Garden

This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden

from End to End

This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’.  This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End

“Consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”

The career, and it would seem the passion and love of Peter Gordon (1823-1885) ‘the gentle gardener’, began at Newton, Rayne, in Aberdeenshire. The ‘gentle gardener’ then traveled to Edinburgh … Continue reading “Consider the perfection of the infinite unseen”

To feel the wider life of Art

This was filmed at Barbreck, Argyll. It is about the friendship between James Archibald Campbell and Patrick Geddes. This film is for Ian Collins, who like Patrick Geddes has shown … Continue reading To feel the wider life of Art

Paestum followed

Returning from Ayrshire I listened to a radio interview of Ian McEwan. The following short film is carried by some of what he said. Whilst in Ayrshire (I was there … Continue reading Paestum followed

grave full of years

Here in Radical Park where the unemployed were once employed: semi-circular panels in spandrels still rise up into an arch. Father-to-son, until 1902 ballads foretold that the Celtic Graemes would ‘never … Continue reading grave full of years

For ruin was certainly ahead

Photograph: Barbreck Mausoleum from the Folly Words: some of a page from  ‘A Far Cry From Kensington’ by Muriel Spark Other ruins can be found here.

Crawford Priory (sorrow does not have a century)

I have visited the ruins of Crawford Priory, Springfield, Fife, a number of times over the years. It had its roof removed in 1971. I have since been finding out … Continue reading Crawford Priory (sorrow does not have a century)

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’

A whole Gothic world had come to an end

Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield, Arbroath, had this mortuary chapel and mausoleum built as a memorial to his wife Elizabeth following her death in 1873. I visited it with my wife … Continue reading A whole Gothic world had come to an end