Glen Elg

For me, a broch, any broch, however ancient, returns thoughts to family: 2008: 2015:


In 1874, Robert Louis Stevenson and his father, inscribed their initials and a symbol of the rising sun into a tree in the corner of the garden surrounding Swanston Cottage: … Continue reading Arborglyphs

1972: A design for Bannockburn Heritage Centre

This striking design was commissioned by the National Trust for Scotland for Bannockburn Heritage Centre. Several generations of our family have visited this Heritage Centre. I believe that the photograph … Continue reading 1972: A design for Bannockburn Heritage Centre

To call a spade a spade

In primary school I was considered to be a backward scholar who exhibited ‘no pace’ to learning. In particular I struggled with language and routinely talked about myself in the … Continue reading To call a spade a spade

Dare to be Wise

Malcolm Allan of Coneyhill, Bridge of Allan.


Stirling Observer, Wednesday, 21st October 2020:

The Owl Man

Malcolm Allan, the Owl Man, died in his home, Coneyhill House, Bridge of Allan, 2nd October 2020. He will be most sadly missed, and without him, the village will never … Continue reading The Owl Man

revolutionary TIME [the language of MUSIC]

Setting: Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan Date: passing time Music: Gorillaz Street Performance of “Humility” For: Rachel and the Owl man With thanks to: Kathleen Jamie, Charles Dickens, Bernard MacLaverty, … Continue reading revolutionary TIME [the language of MUSIC]

By late afternoon

Monday began as very wet but by late afternoon the sun had come out in the village of Bridge of Allan.

Vecchia Bologna

On Monday afternoon I had a walk up the hill and was sad to find a ‘TO LET’ notice outside the Italian restaurant ‘Vecchia Bologna’. It was here that we … Continue reading Vecchia Bologna

The beginning of wisdom

The Kalemouth Suspension Bridge is in the Scottish Borders. It crosses the River Teviot just above its confluence with the Kale Water. The bridge is is one of the earliest … Continue reading The beginning of wisdom

Can you hear the bumblebees swarm?

Music credit: A cover of ‘Strawberry Blond’ by Austin Lawrence: