something already in the past

This wonderful photograph of a Chestnut tree in the South Downs featured in the Scotsman, 16 February 2021. I have superimposed onto this image the words of Kathleen Jamie from … Continue reading something already in the past

Around Scotland.

This wonderful painting by Siobhan McLaughin featured in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday. I love the colour, pattern and scale. The painting is called Glen Muick. Glen Muick is one of … Continue reading Around Scotland.

Abergeldie’s gardener

Andrew Wilson [1807-1866] was the Head Gardener for Abergeldie castle for most of his adult life. Andrew Wilson was born in the Kirktown of Skene, a village most familar to … Continue reading Abergeldie’s gardener

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’