‘Fattening calves in Strathaven’

On the way back from Ayrshire we passed this ruin. The old maps have revealed that it was a farmhouse called Dykehead:   It must have still had roof up … Continue reading ‘Fattening calves in Strathaven’

Boswell’s Summerhouse

Auchinleck summerhouse is carved directly into the red sandstone embankment that rises from Dippol burn. These photographs are from a visit on Sunday 8th September 2019:

Book of Company

On Sunday we visited Auchinleck House in Ayrshire. It was restored by James Simpson who is a friend of Peter’s. Auchinleck was the family seat of the diarist and biographer … Continue reading Book of Company

“Balyarrow forever”

The weekend before last we were in Fife exploring it’s northern Kingdom. As we were coming up the hill towards Creich castle I noticed two dilapidated, square built, iron roofed … Continue reading “Balyarrow forever”

Lost and Found

This is a film that is based on my visit to 14 William Street, Greenock on the last Saturday of August 2019. No. 14 William Street is a rare survivor. … Continue reading Lost and Found

The forgotten village

Almost nothing of the village of Binn remains. It lives on in memory alone. This film is for Ella Rae. Ella’s voice opens this film. Ella would have loved Ashley … Continue reading The forgotten village

Hame

So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:

For ruin was certainly ahead

Photograph: Barbreck Mausoleum from the Folly Words: some of a page from  ‘A Far Cry From Kensington’ by Muriel Spark Other ruins can be found here.

Argyll

I was most fortunate that throughout my childhood I was able to spend the summer months in Argyll. My uncle, John Gibson Scott, had a cottage high above the shores … Continue reading Argyll