Stirling Marathon

Yesterday Andrew ran the Stirling half-marathon and ran his best time yet. We enjoyed cheering on all the runners. In-between starting and finishing times we wandered around auld Stirling stopping … Continue reading Stirling Marathon

A future for the past

A film about Tullibody House that was demolished in the early 1960s. This film is for Alison and Raj Burgul and their three children: Sunita, Anisha and Rohin. [when I … Continue reading A future for the past

He talks about the whole landscape

A few photographs taken at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens on Sunday 2nd September 2018 and a gathered posie of word-flowers of others.:

‘Flight of Ideas’

One of the current clinical definitions of “flight of ideas” is: “a rapid flow of thought, manifested by accelerated speech with abrupt changes from topic to topic: a symptom of some … Continue reading ‘Flight of Ideas’

Can you unfeel that?

Belle & Sebastian at Perth Concert Hall, Friday 23rd March 2018. The following quotes have been used as idents: Mukul Kesavan – “I would step into the real world of … Continue reading Can you unfeel that?

Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

This is a post about a house called ‘Rockville’, 3 Napier Road, Edinburgh. It was built by James Gowans. Rockville was demolished in 1966. Today, only the gateposts survive. James … Continue reading Not all of us receive the ends that we deserve

Silent as light

The Antiquary: “is preoccupied on every level by the relation between past and present.” Mary Midgley: “These doctrines are often bizarrely over-confident and over-simple” George Orwell in Why I Write: … Continue reading Silent as light

Sapere Aude

The author Adam Nicolson in “Sea Room”: The poet and doctor William Carlos Williams talked of an adventure: Mukul Kesavan in “Looking through glass” Captain Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited about … Continue reading Sapere Aude

Gardens of the Mind

I have put together this post in my appreciation for Geoffrey Jellicoe (1900 -1996). Jellicoe was an architect, landscape architect, historian, traveller, lecturer and author. He has been a lasting … Continue reading Gardens of the Mind

The funeral took place in radiant sunshine

Auchengray House has been a ruined shell since a catastrophic fire in 1937. At the time all was going horribly wrong for the multi-millionaire owner, J M Colville. Not only … Continue reading The funeral took place in radiant sunshine