The following poem is addressed to Robert Hepburn who died in Temple, 1798. It is based on a stone gateway that has out-survived the house that it long since introduced. … Continue reading Last Monday
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
I visited the Ormiston Yew on Monday 7th September 2020:
My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.
Filmed at Easter Limekilns, Dava, Scotland, 2nd August 2020. Music credit: Cosmic Love – a live performance by Florence and the Machine. This film is for CAROL FRASER.
Please might you support Emma Rennie in the restoration of this Callanish Blackhouse as a Tearoom. Full details can be found here. In the summer of 2008, as a family, … Continue reading Restoration Project: Callanish Blackhouse Tearoom
Filmed at Heatherbell, Dava on Sunday 2nd August 2020. Heatherbell is to be found on the road north from Grantown On-Spey (A939) a little beyond Lochindorb. Music credit: Goldfrapp – … Continue reading Heatherbell
On the last day of July 2020, I visited the now ruinous East Lodge of Aberlour House, near Charlestown of Aberlour. This was once home to the Morrison family. The … Continue reading The Misses Morrison
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Historians of the past have recorded that Reverend Alexander Peden [1626-1686] used to preach from Peden’s Mount on the Water of Tig in South Ayrshire. Music credit: a Motet by … Continue reading He spoke like a torrent
In Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]: ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’
A short film about Apollo’s Temple, in the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It is in a perilous state. Visited by Peter on the 3rd July 2020. Music credit: Apocalyptica cover … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple