406 million miles from Earth

Isn’t this a fantastic image of Jupiter! It was taken on the 25th August 2020 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope* [*This copy of the image comes from the Scotsman, 16 … Continue reading 406 million miles from Earth

the scandal of the century [and other writings]

I am currently reading these stories by Gabriel García Márquez: The Editor’s note to this book of stories begins: Gabriel García Márquez called journalism “the best job in the world” and he … Continue reading the scandal of the century [and other writings]

Full of Energy

Patrick Geddes, a long dead gardener, geographer and philosopher has been a guide for me in approaching the world. This film is for Patrick Geddes. Music credit: ‘Cosmic Love’ by … Continue reading Full of Energy

The inscriber ran out of room

On the back of a tombstone in Humbie Churchyard I came across this inscription: You will notice that, in the second line, the inscriber ran out of room. Footnotes: *The … Continue reading The inscriber ran out of room

‘WE AL MUST PAS’

In Humbie Churchyard I came across this incredibly intricate and well-preserved 17c tombstone: This tombstone recalls the SKIRVING family of: At the bottom of the tombstone is this carved Angel: … Continue reading ‘WE AL MUST PAS’

STOBS

Last week I visited the ruined Church of Temple, Midlothian. On the south gable wall a tombstone was long ago inserted: This tombstone remembers Charles Hitchener who died in April … Continue reading STOBS

THERE’S MORE

A few images[observations] from the West End of Glasgow, Monday 14th September 2020:

HOME and AWAY

Yesterday I took Big Ted with me yesterday to Glasgow. I was not there for any reason other than to wander and observe. I was exploring the West end area … Continue reading HOME and AWAY

‘Thanks, friend’

Gone Fishing with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, along with the Undertones, John Peel, Gabriel García Márquez , Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Mice and men. This film is for my … Continue reading ‘Thanks, friend’

“As It Is, and as It Is To Be”

This was a feature in The GRAPHIC, 1 December 1906:

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

THE SHOP FOR KEEN BUYERS

Late summer 2020: John Ferguson, County Place, Perth is relocating. This film is for Dai and Eileen. Music credit: Billie Marten’s cover of ‘You Make My Dreams’ by Hall & … Continue reading THE SHOP FOR KEEN BUYERS