This temple had eight pillars arranged around it and was built by Colonel William Fullarton on the isthmus at Troon. It had an inscription on it: Baccho laetitiae datori, amacis … Continue reading “And still preserve this emblem of a mind”
W. G. Sebald in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ gives a wonderful account of Thomas Abrams of Chestnut Tree Farm, East Anglia. Thomas Abrams, a farmer, lived in an ancient moated … Continue reading The Temple
This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’. This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End
My base for wandering and wondering in the north east of Scotland was the Station Hotel, Insch. I was in the Dunnydeer room and had a window view to the … Continue reading Memory Lane
[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
Introducing Girgenti At Girgenti you can still hear two girls sing. Girgenti followed Paestum From Thimble Row to Discoveries:
This is my final film on Girgenti:
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 followed Paestum in a blue sky summer that was not little. Beneath this sky two girls sang. It was a beautiful summer.
Thesis 1389, and that of Dr Iain Smith give an account of Girgenti following the death of Captain John Cheape:
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 serving as a Captain in the Napoleonic wars Captain John Cheape “retired” to the Girgenti of his imagination: