Long ago, Dr Anton Chekhov wrote this in his diary

p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a

One of my favorite shrubs does not flower. It is called parrotia persica and each year it gives a wonderful display with every leaf unique in differing colours. The parrotia … Continue reading p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a

‘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’

11am on the 11th of November 2001, Rachel fell down the stairs and broke her arm

Monday 11th November 2019. To mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War … Continue reading 11am on the 11th of November 2001, Rachel fell down the stairs and broke her arm

Glenbardy

Known to none but Peter. Nestles in a hill that carries a name that we forget why it was so called. Our WORLD is here! Natural sciences are ‘backwards free’ … Continue reading Glenbardy

melt the bear

Castellated gallery of white, iron-cast pavilions – one atop another, shine bright on a Scottish spring afternoon. Clocks, rockets, asteroids, mummies and totem poles; fish circle the children, pennies circle … Continue reading melt the bear

personal reality

This short film is narrated by Mona Siddiqui [an extract from BBC Radio Scotland, 3 November 2019)  

The private journal of a wandering Antiquary

Alexander Ormiston Curle (1866–1955) despite training as a lawyer his interests quickly changed to archaeology and antiquarianism.  From August 1908 until February 1909 he set out to record all of … Continue reading The private journal of a wandering Antiquary

Dunbuy

Dunbuy rock, with its distinctive natural arch, is to be found just beyond Cruden Bay on a promontory reaching out into the North Sea. As a medical student, after visiting … Continue reading Dunbuy

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

‘borrowed words’

I have recently taken a most difficult decision: I have decided to retire as a doctor from the beginning of next year (2020). I really will miss being a doctor … Continue reading ‘borrowed words’