Something of the sky

This film is for Sian. Thanks to Mike Mckenzie for writing such a beautiful song from his home.

2mm

This short film is about a village response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Footage is from Bridge of Allan and from our house and garden. The voice is that of Alastair … Continue reading 2mm

The Sisters’ Garden

This photograph makes me smile. The Matron looks fierce but the Sisters’ as bonny as the flowers that they are tending! The exact location of the Sisters’ Garden has been … Continue reading The Sisters’ Garden

No.1 Shrub Place

From No.1 Shrub Place, Edinburgh, a dynasty of gardeners grew. No.1 Shrub Place was where Melville Christie and his wife Jane raised their family. Melville Christie was employed as a gardener … Continue reading No.1 Shrub Place

The Auld Gardener

John McGregor was Gardener for Dunblane. Today he would be called a “Council worker” but in his time his occupation was termed: “Statute Labourer”. John McGregor lived with his wife … Continue reading The Auld Gardener

Glassingall Gardener

Glassingall Mansion House, just North of Dunblane, was demolished in the months before my birth. I have seen photographs of it, and to my eyes, it looks to have been … Continue reading Glassingall Gardener

‘Wife of Otto’

In front of Dunblane cathedral there is a dark marble grave with a fallen cross. The design is very stark and the fallen cross long and thin. It looked manly. … Continue reading ‘Wife of Otto’

27 High Street, Dunblane

I rise very early, and on Monday I went for a local walk along the Allan Water to Dunblane. It was a little drizzly and the river was in good … Continue reading 27 High Street, Dunblane

a garden above High Street

My Granny, Constance Gibson, was born in Dunblane in 1908.  It is likely that she would have remembered this Chemist shop. I cannot ask my Granny about her childhood as … Continue reading a garden above High Street

Shocking death at Bridge of Allan Station

When I was last up to Lecropt, and having time on my hands, I slowly wandered around a meadow of graves. I came across this one: Defaced by time I … Continue reading Shocking death at Bridge of Allan Station

Your imagination doesn’t need to be in lockdown

Friendly Society Fraud

On the 10th August 1882, Edward Grovenor was found guilty of defrauding a Friendly Society and was sent to prison.