Solheim Cup [2019]

The friendship of all nations was just wonderful. The sun shone and Scotland was at its bonniest. The girls did good!

Constitution Street

A fictional street where Peter lives. This film was made on the 15th September 2019. Given the timing, if you think that this filmy may be political, you may be … Continue reading Constitution Street

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

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

Mavisbank

I wrote this book about Mavisbank over a decade ago. My book was a good effort but needed a better ending: Opening Chapter of ‘Repeats its Love’ Ventures into our … Continue reading Mavisbank

C O L U M B I N E

This is a short film about Betty Mouat of Scatness, Shetland: The Tale of Elizabeth Mouat On 7th February 1886, the boat ‘Columbine’ struck submerged rocks off the coast of … Continue reading C O L U M B I N E

‘This ungetatable place’

I recently read ‘Barnhill: a Novel’ by Norman Bissell. It is a partly fictional account of George Orwell’s last few years and his time on Jura. At Barnhill croft on … Continue reading ‘This ungetatable place’

[around the world in 220 days]

This is a film about Maulseden, Brechin. The mansion house was demolished a century ago. Maulesden gave name to a sailing boat that sailed around the world in 220 days. … Continue reading [around the world in 220 days]

The Secret Garden

This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden

Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Last week I visited Craigroy on the Altyre Estate. My great-great-grandparents, John Gordon and Euphemia Ferguson, raised their family here before moving to Cothall. More than 30 years ago my … Continue reading Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

t e m p l e

[Castle S E M P L E] Today I visited a “temple”. It now a ruinous shell. It has out-survived it’s castle and all that ever grew in the castle’s … Continue reading t e m p l e