I have written my heart in my poems

I visited Little Tullybelton last Sunday [5th July 2020]. I found a forlorn scene. Detritus surrounded the abandoned farm of Little Tullybelton. The smell of degrading waste was overwhelming. The … Continue reading I have written my heart in my poems

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]

‘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

Tam o’Shanter letter

Burn’s Nicht 2008. Recital by Andrew R. Gordon:

The Echo of Friars’ Carse

Captain Robert Riddell of  Frairs Carse had built a small “ivied cot” folly called the ‘Hermitage’ in the Crow Wood, a secluded part of the estate and just a few … Continue reading The Echo of Friars’ Carse

The sparkling Tay is there!

The heron, made of iron, had aged rusty, quite beautifully so. The heron’s vital long toes, always a little ungainly, left more so by weather and time. The  heron, fallen … Continue reading The sparkling Tay is there!

O M P H A L O S notebook

Rachel gave me this lovely present for Father’s Day. [In collecting ideas for my short films, I have filled so many ‘commonplace books’ with marginalia,  poems and scribbles . . … Continue reading O M P H A L O S notebook

ANGEL Inn

This is how the ANGEL INN, Kilmarnock, was described in the 1858 Ordinance survey book: “A Second Class Inn, three Storeys high, Slated and in good repair, with extensive Out … Continue reading ANGEL Inn

A place in Scotland’s story

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

I am incredibly shy

I keep seeking a language [that might begin to explain] a feeling that lives on in me.