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This is the current window display for the shop ‘COLLECTIONS’ on Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan. The shop is closed at present due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I am a … Continue reading A place in Scotland’s story
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’
Our Mantel Clock was drawn by Rachel in December of 2010.
Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan, 23 May 2020. Music credit: ‘Cars in the garden’ by Paul Buchanan
Last week, the Scotsman featured ‘In Gordon Street’ as its ‘poem of the week’. This poem by Gerry Cambridge reminded me of a night, when with my son Andrew, we … Continue reading ‘In Gordon Street’
Knapweed is the common name for the genus centaurea. There are thought to be more than 500 species of this robust, thistle-like plant. Many gardeners consider Knapweeds to be weeds … Continue reading Centaurea
An extract from: Peter J. Gordon, (2012),”Window tax“, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 16 Iss: 4 pp. 181 – 187
We have an old stone wall that sweeps around our garden. In the twenty years that we have lived in Mossgrove, this wall has had a wooden fence above it. … Continue reading On the other side of the fence
This film is for Sian. Thanks to Mike Mckenzie for writing such a beautiful song from his home.
This short film is about a village response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Footage is from Bridge of Allan and from our house and garden. The voice is that of Alastair … Continue reading 2mm
From No.1 Shrub Place, Edinburgh, a dynasty of gardeners grew. No.1 Shrub Place was where Melville Christie and his wife Jane raised their family. Melville Christie was employed as a gardener … Continue reading No.1 Shrub Place