‘the way everything has slowed down’

Dani Garavelli, is a freelance journalist that I admire. Her weekly feature in Scotland on Sunday is one that I look forward to. In last Sunday’s edition, Dani Garvelli wrote … Continue reading ‘the way everything has slowed down’

‘In Gordon Street’

Last week, the Scotsman featured ‘In Gordon Street’ as its ‘poem of the week’. This poem by Gerry Cambridge reminded me of a night, when with my son Andrew, we … Continue reading ‘In Gordon Street’

Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Filmed at Corston Mill (now in ruins) near Strathmiglo, Fife. Music: Covers of ‘Since Yesterday’, one is by Karine Polwart and the other by a wonderful homemade artist, but alas, … Continue reading Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Something of the sky

This film is for Sian. Thanks to Mike Mckenzie for writing such a beautiful song from his home.

2mm

This short film is about a village response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Footage is from Bridge of Allan and from our house and garden. The voice is that of Alastair … Continue reading 2mm

a garden above High Street

My Granny, Constance Gibson, was born in Dunblane in 1908.  It is likely that she would have remembered this Chemist shop. I cannot ask my Granny about her childhood as … Continue reading a garden above High Street

R E E K I A N A

James Skene (1775-1864), advocate, antiquarian and confidant of Sir Walter Scott, had a profound sense of Edinburgh as a changing city. In the early 19th century, he witnessed, at first … Continue reading R E E K I A N A

IRONSIDE

James Ironside, a Peterheid loon born in 1865, began his career as a gardener at Pitfour, near Mintlaw: After learning the art, craft and science of gardening at Pitfour, James … Continue reading IRONSIDE

‘The Patient Art of Fieldwalking’

You might be wondering why the title of this post does not obviously relate to the urban map it superimposes? In what follows I will do my best to bridge … Continue reading ‘The Patient Art of Fieldwalking’

Boghead

As an NHS doctor I worked in West Lothian for more than five years. I became very fond of the place and the people: where I found everydayness and kindness … Continue reading Boghead

PUDDIN’

May I introduce to you the ‘Bathgate Gaberlunzie’:

Scotland’s Silver Glen

The Silver Glen lies approximately 1 km to the east of the town of Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and takes its name from the silver that was mined there in the … Continue reading Scotland’s Silver Glen