Cleikum Inn

The Cleikum Inn, near Auchentiber, is marked on the 1860 Ordinance Survey map on the right hand side of the road near Bentfauld farm. The 1895 does not name it … Continue reading Cleikum Inn

The Rebus

Bill Douglas (1934–1991) was a Scottish film director best known for the trilogy of films about his early life.

I dinner’d wi’ a Lord

A film about Nether Catrine Hoose, Ayrshire. Music Credit: Chasing the sun – by James Ross Poem: by Rabbie Burns, recited by Brian Cox (for BBC Scotland)

“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”

On the last page

A friend and fellow adventurer, knowing my odd ways, recently left two books just inside Mossgrove’s doorway [nobody was home]. On the last page of one of these books was … Continue reading On the last page

Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Vintage Cervantes

I have recently read Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes. It is a wonderful book and has, like all good books, a lot to ‘say’ for today. I am going … Continue reading Vintage Cervantes

in the middle

   in the middle of a few days in G A L L O W A Y an adventure began in which a film could neither begin nor end. … Continue reading in the middle

Learning to love like this

For this adventure, Corsewall Lighthouse was home to Peter and Sian. This short film is carried by a song by Mike Mckenzie. Mike Mckenzie was awarded BBC Radio Scotland Singer-Songwriter … Continue reading Learning to love like this

The Butler’s son (this is for you)

Gelston castle, outside Castle Douglas:

Reached by ‘one of the finest avenues in Scotland’

Kenmure castle, New Galloway, is now a roofless ruin but is still reached by ‘one of the finest avenues in Scotland’: