an ordinary Degree

I gained two ordinary degrees before becoming a specialist. Sian, my wife, has been a General Practitioner in all the time that we have been together. I am now retired … Continue reading an ordinary Degree

incredible shapes

A passage from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

Omphalos films

My short films can be found here [the  above quote “Shapes, sounds, the energies and acuteness of life,” is from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd]

There was no time

This is  from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

She understood

[the full context of this quote can be found in The Quarry Wood]  

I like this place

The words are from The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd

wilder and more memorable

Opening voice: Alastair McIntosh [BBC Radio Scotland ‘Thought for the day’, 15 August 2018 Closing voice: Professor Philip Davis, Director Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, University of … Continue reading wilder and more memorable

The sparkling Tay is there!

The heron, made of iron, had aged rusty, quite beautifully so. The heron’s vital long toes, always a little ungainly, left more so by weather and time. The  heron, fallen … Continue reading The sparkling Tay is there!

Something of the sky

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

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

“He responded that his profession was being a humanist”

In what follows I have selected some of my favourite quotes from Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes and imaginatively/adventurously/romantically ‘linked’ them with some of my creative work: