a layer in the background

When young, I always felt in the background. I was painfully shy. Summer 1987: My uncle John helped me buy a flat that overlooked the Beechgrove gardens. From my window … Continue reading a layer in the background

comet [COMET]

My son Andrew was born under the glow of Hale Bopp. I have been fascinated with passing comets ever since. Their forever fading tails [tales] seem as wonderful to me as … Continue reading comet [COMET]

Bottle washed ashore

This bottle, with a message, was washed in November 1857. Whitberry point is a few miles north of Dunbar.

[a sense of] catching up with [myself]

This account of reading  in a time of ‘lockdown’, by Alexander McCall Smith, was printed in the Herald on the 4th July 2020:

Waking up in Venice

This short film is based on a stay in Venice in June 2018. We stayed in Casa san Boldo, the ancient Venetian townhouse of Signora Pasti. The house has its … Continue reading Waking up in Venice

Let us turn to our poet’s windows

In the attic of Upper Quoigs I came across a scatter of left-behinds, all plastered with pigeon poo: an album by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band; Julius Caesar ‘Thinking it over’, … Continue reading Let us turn to our poet’s windows

‘Two inner gates’

16 April 1809, Marieville, Stirling: ‘Got the two inner gates at the back of the house put up. They were made out of part of the Lime trees that grew … Continue reading ‘Two inner gates’

MARIEVILLE

It is likely that you will have never heard of: I had not heard of it either. It once stood tall on Upper Bridge Street, Stirling, and was one of … Continue reading MARIEVILLE

Lacunar Strevelinense

A film that shares the ‘STIRLING HEADS’: ‘Lacunar Strevelinense : A Collection of Heads, etched and engraved after the carved work which formerly decorated the roof of the King’s Room … Continue reading Lacunar Strevelinense

Can you make sense of this?

The Roundel Stone

Set in Stone

Monday last week, I visited the Roundel: In visiting, I was aware that the inscribed stone that is associated with it, had long since been removed: Yesterday, on the last … Continue reading Set in Stone

Upper Quoigs

Early this morning I visited the abandoned farm of Upper Quoigs, Greenloaning. In the attic of Upper Quoigs I came across a scatter of left-behinds, all plastered with pigeon poo: … Continue reading Upper Quoigs