Last Monday

The following poem is addressed to Robert Hepburn who died in Temple, 1798.  It is based on a  stone gateway that has out-survived the house that it long since introduced. … Continue reading Last Monday

STOBS

Last week I visited the ruined Church of Temple, Midlothian. On the south gable wall a tombstone was long ago inserted: This tombstone remembers Charles Hitchener who died in April … Continue reading STOBS

“As It Is, and as It Is To Be”

This was a feature in The GRAPHIC, 1 December 1906:

Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

Apollo’s Temple

A short film about Apollo’s Temple, in the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It is in a perilous state. Visited by Peter on the 3rd July 2020. Music credit: Apocalyptica cover … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple

Drookit

The ‘five-mile limit’ was lifted today:

Apollo’s Temple

25 February 2019: Peter and Sian wandered the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It was the first day of a wonderful short break. We were looking for ‘Apollo’s Temple’. We came … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple

“And still preserve this emblem of a mind”

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”

The Temple

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

from End to End

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

Memory Lane

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

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