‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

On Friday 24th January 2020 I revisited the deserted farm of Upper Lanrick with my friend Ian. Whilst there we met a local farmer who told us that Upper Lanrick … Continue reading ‘The most beautiful are the . . .’

Largue, Glenkindie

On Thursday 2nd January 2020 I was exploring Glenkindie and came across this abandoned farmhouse. It is called Largue and inside the old wooden box beds survive and were lined … Continue reading Largue, Glenkindie

Tollafraick

On Thursday 2nd January 2020 I was exploring Glenkindie and came across this abandoned farmhouse that is still full of colour. The farm is called Tollafraick “the heathery knows”. In … Continue reading Tollafraick

Time to take a break

Tollafraick, Strathdon, Thursday 2nd January 2020

Balbardie

Balbardie House, Bathgate, West Lothian, was the very last house designed by Robert Adam. He died before his drawings left his desk. Balbardie house, built after Robert Adam’s death, was … Continue reading Balbardie

Old Monkland Lunatics’ Society

In the centre of Scotland, major motorway improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 have recently been completed. As a result, a lowland glen, and the historic estate once known … Continue reading Old Monkland Lunatics’ Society

Douglas Support

In the centre of Scotland, major motorway improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 have recently been completed. As a result, a lowland glen, and the historic estate once known … Continue reading Douglas Support

Shark’s mouth

This Coatbridge pub is soon to be demolished. Music credit: ‘Pauper’s Dough’ from ‘Scotland with Love’ Film Credit: ‘My Childhood’ from the ‘Bill Douglas Trilogy’

About a boy

This film is for Lachlan. All still images are from Avondale House, by Polmont Film credit: ‘My Childhood’ by Bill Douglas Music credit: A cover of “Something to talk about” … Continue reading About a boy

“And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

This temple had eight pillars arranged around it and was built by Colonel William Fullarton on the isthmus at Troon. It had an inscription on it: Baccho laetitiae datori, amacis … Continue reading “And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

1998

‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W. G. Sebald was considered by critics to be “one of the most remarkable books of the year”