the first creatures to smile

In Nabakov’s memoir he does more than ‘speak M E M O R Y’. One of the passages that I most love from his memoir is this: What makes you … Continue reading the first creatures to smile

Girgenti followed Paestum

It might have been the other way around: Paestum may have followed Girgenti. Nabokov once said that he “did not believe in time”. What follows is Girgenti [in the form … Continue reading Girgenti followed Paestum

Girgenti

Girgenti followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.

Thesis 1389

Thesis 1389, and that of Dr Iain Smith give an account of Girgenti following the death of Captain John Cheape:  

the Captain died

Captain John Cheape died in 1850. Unmarried and with no children, he left Girgenti to six Scottish hospitals. Girgenti was then sold and re-sold. Summer was giving way to autumn.

after the Napoleonic wars

After serving as a Captain in the Napoleonic wars Captain John Cheape “retired” to the Girgenti of his imagination:  

at Girgenti: I heard two girls sing

it was a beautiful summer

This is a family film from summer 2018. I disagree with those who may argue that to be a professional, academic or scientist that it is better for us to … Continue reading it was a beautiful summer

with a blue sky day

Summer followed Paestum with a blue sky day:

and summer followed

Paestum is a special place for Peter and Sian as we visited it when on our honeymoon in Amalfi.  Peter’s favourite photograph of Sian was taken at Paestum that summer: … Continue reading and summer followed

‘Took me back’ to Paestum

Girgenti took me back to the Greek city of Paestum and it’s three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order. It was on our honeymoon, in the summer of 1993,  … Continue reading ‘Took me back’ to Paestum

Introducing Girgenti

Girgenti house, near Stewarton, East Ayrshire, was named after a temple in Sicily. Girgenti House was described in the New Statistical Account as being “built in rather an uncommon style”. … Continue reading Introducing Girgenti