In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

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

Tullybeagles

Colonel William Mercer of Aldie and Meikleour was clearly very fond of his Tullybeagles estate and had ercected, sometime before 1790, a white obelisk on  top of Craig Gibbon. This … Continue reading Tullybeagles

You are HERE.

On Sunday 5th July 2020 I climbed Craig Gibbon to the obelisk on top. This obelisk was erected by Colonel William Mercer of Aldie and Meikleour. In his time it … Continue reading You are HERE.

DISCOVERY and EXCAVATION in Scotland

On Friday 3rd July 2020, the first day that the Covid-19 ‘5 mile limit’ had been lifted, I chose to explore Strathbraan in Perthshire. The day was wet and the … Continue reading DISCOVERY and EXCAVATION in Scotland

The Roundel

Early this morning I headed north from Bridge of Allan. I stopped five miles on, at the Roundel. The inscribed stone, that once stood central in the Roundel, was removed to … Continue reading The Roundel

“In order to begin to heal”

Sir Tom Devine, the Herald, Sunday 14 June 2020: D U N I R A, a lost garden, which Nature is healing:

150 feet above the rest of us

At the weekend, our daughter Rachel made a BLACK LIVES MATTER sign and put it up in our front window beside the RAINBOW that she had previously made with her … Continue reading 150 feet above the rest of us

‘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’

‘These buds of love’

I once made a film about the lost garden of  D U N I R A . A number of years later, I came across this verse inscribed on a … Continue reading ‘These buds of love’

‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

On 13th November 1881, George Stephen, Watchmaker, Comrie lost his spectacles [presumably going to, or coming from, church]: George Stephen would have been a ‘weel kent’ figure in Comrie given … Continue reading ‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

‘The Patient Art of Fieldwalking’

You might be wondering why the title of this post does not obviously relate to the urban map it superimposes? In what follows I will do my best to bridge … Continue reading ‘The Patient Art of Fieldwalking’