The Well Hoose

The following account of visiting Bridge of Allan Well House is by Dr Murray Cook [as published in the Stirling Observer, 7 October 2020] The following images were taken by … Continue reading The Well Hoose

‘Stories we tell ourselves’

Tomorrow I am going to the bookshop to buy the latest book by Richard Holloway: Stories we tell ourselves. Richard Holloway is a regular face at the Edinburgh Festivals and … Continue reading ‘Stories we tell ourselves’

A Doocot became a hoose

The pathway leading up to the Glentulchan Gardener’s House reminds me of one of the paths leading up to Little Sparta. It would seem that  Dovecot from Glentulchan was converted, … Continue reading A Doocot became a hoose

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

‘Are aulder than auld Perth’

The Mercer family was said to be “aye aulder than auld Perth”. In return for giving the North and South Inches to the people of Perth, the Mercer family were … Continue reading ‘Are aulder than auld Perth’

bird song

This short film is based on a cycle journey from my home, Mossgrove, Westerton Drive, Bridge of Allan to Moss farm, Carse of Lecropt. At the time of making this … Continue reading bird song

“The MOCK DOCTOR, not acted before this season”

I recently came across this delightful map of Hawkhill and its observatory. Before it was demolished this Georgian villa used to neighbour Holyrood Palace, just below Salisbury crags. The title … Continue reading “The MOCK DOCTOR, not acted before this season”

A forgotten artist

William Delacour (also known as William Delacourt or William De la Cour) was a French painter. He settled in Edinburgh in March 1760 and, in Edinburgh, was appointed the first … Continue reading A forgotten artist

A Georgian Gem

I am collecting material for a film on Hawkhill, Leith, Edinburgh. This Villa, designed by John Adam, was demolished in 1971.

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

‘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: