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

The oval walled garden

At the beginning of the week I visited an estate near Newport in Fife that has just been sold. The faux-Tudor-Italianate House is dilapidated, and to my eyes, not attractive. … Continue reading The oval walled garden

The brig that spans the Wharry

The Wharry glen is a magical place. The glen nestles between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Under the old stone Wharry bridge I wrote in chalk “That was lovely”. The … Continue reading The brig that spans the Wharry

A house within a house

On Monday the 19th February 2018, with a friend, I explored Carronshore and the designed landscape that survives around Carron House. Carron House has a fascinating history that is tied … Continue reading A house within a house