“Golden Nap”

It is not recorded when sap stopped rising in this ‘Veteran Pear Tree’. It grew in the orchard of our family, in the charming village of Blairlogie. The above description … Continue reading “Golden Nap”

‘Cyclist killed near home’

Yesterday, I found myself exploring another wee bit of forgotten Scotland. After reaching Haddington, I took the B6355 from Gifford, a route south that I had not taken before. This … Continue reading ‘Cyclist killed near home’

Gently out of time

This was filmed at Huntershall, A68, early morning of Saturday 15th June 2019 on way to Dandie Dinmont: This film is for Richard.

The Peoples’ March

London, Saturday 23rd March 2019: All photographs taken by my cousin Adrian Holliday. Music Credit: ‘Roll Along’ by Roddy Woomble Radio Clip at the end: ‘Thought for the day’ Radio … Continue reading The Peoples’ March

With cream . . .

My mother’s family made – and lost – a fortune through marmalade. My father’s family, whisky smugglers, went on to become bankers. [This photograph features our cat Domino sleeping beside … Continue reading With cream . . .

Boathouse

This is a film about Alexander MacCallum Scott, MP, who was born in Boathouse, Blantyre, on the 16th June 1874. MacCallum Scott was MP for Bridgeton, Glasgow until 1922. He … Continue reading Boathouse

The land of lost content

My great-aunt, Sally Scott, died earlier this year just short of her 82nd birthday. By letter, phone, and later also by e-mail, we shared years of correspondence. Sally was such … Continue reading The land of lost content

The birds are singing in the orchard

I have just read The Cherry Orchard, a play by Anton Chekhov. I was moved by it. My mind was taken back to my childhood: to Drumdruills and the orchards … Continue reading The birds are singing in the orchard