Pianos and Flowers

On the day that I retired from the NHS, after more than 25 years as a doctor, our postwoman delivered a present. It was from Alexander McCall Smith and included … Continue reading Pianos and Flowers

Edwin Morgan steps

I made the ‘Edwin Morgan steps’ the best part of 15 years ago. Last week I repainted the inscribed words. On the steps I also carved this: This was how … Continue reading Edwin Morgan steps

We will get through this

The village of Bridge of Allan is rallying around to support one another in this troubled time: When walking to the local shop from our house we first pass the … Continue reading We will get through this

on a cross-bar

I have been reading ‘Piano & Flowers‘ by Alexander McCall Smith in my garden. This is an imaginative ‘sort-of’ review of this wonderful collection of romantic short stories: My love … Continue reading on a cross-bar

How is he, that gentle gardener?

Blackadder Walled Garden, Berwickshire. Music credit: King Creosote, live, Glasgow Concert Hall, 12 March 2020.

Language is leaving me

A film about Blackadder in the Borders. This film is for my mother, mother-in-law, my wife, and my daughter. It is also for Ella, Ena and Alice [Mrs Picken] Music … Continue reading Language is leaving me

From Scotland with Love

Last night we were in the audience of the Glasgow Concert Hall to hear live the music and soundtrack of the acclaimed film: ‘From Scotland with Love’. It really was … Continue reading From Scotland with Love

That the poet’s first book should have been his last

Sited at the side of the Crow Road going over the Campsie Fells is this fine well dedicated to Jamie Wright, a Campsie burn fisherman and finder of the spring, … Continue reading That the poet’s first book should have been his last

‘House island’

Loch Eilt is a freshwater loch in the West Highlands of Scotland, and separates the traditional districts of Morar, to the north, and Moidart, to the south. Loch Eilt [loch … Continue reading ‘House island’