Glassingall Mansion House, just North of Dunblane, was demolished in the months before my birth. I have seen photographs of it, and to my eyes, it looks to have been … Continue reading Glassingall Gardener
Keir estate is a most ancient one. For centuries it was owned by the Stirling family but is now in private ownership. If you have traveled on the M9 is … Continue reading Keir Gardens
On Monday I took a walk along the Allan Water towards Stirling and it’s castle. Leaving Mossgrove, I passed the play-park where children are currently no longer free to play … Continue reading Sandy Islet
‘FINDINGS’ by Kathleen Jamie is a book that you should read. Kathleen’s way of seeing wowed John Berger. No wonder. Here are some of my favourite findings from FINDINGS: … Continue reading F I N D I N G S
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
Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’
It was guid to see Cammo Estate as “walk of the week” in today’s Scotland on Sunday. I have made a few films on Cammo.
Yesterday I met up with a musician in the National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. But first of all I went to say hello to Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson. His bust was … Continue reading And the artist . . .
“So fuck that. Fuck Normal” said one of today’s finest Scottish writers. Another Scottish writer worried “He is partially crazy, yes. He is maybe seventy-six percent crazy” Robert Louis Stevenson … Continue reading In a Name
The pharmacist Gilbert Farie relies upon Dr John Flaxman. Each year, Dr Flaxman chooses a day to celebrate as his “deathday”.
Alexander McCall Smith sent me some of his poems earlier this year and this was how the envelope was addressed: Alexander McCall Smith is aware of my fascination with Walter … Continue reading Antiquary Gardens
The Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer, in a Transatlantic letter to his friend Robert Bly, expressed concern about a human failing to always polarise everything into utter good or utter evil: … Continue reading Polarization