In the current BMJ, Peter Brennan explains ‘why . . . I garden’.
I recently came across the above portrait in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. It is a portrait that stopped me, I think because of the young man’s vivid … Continue reading Great Bicycle Races at Cambridge
One of my favorite shrubs does not flower. It is called parrotia persica and each year it gives a wonderful display with every leaf unique in differing colours. The parrotia … Continue reading p a r r o t i a p e r s i c a
This film is a re-imagining of finding Newton Mausloeum. This mausoleum was built before 1809 [for Alexander Gordon whose family wealth came from trading slaves]. The Newton Mausoleum is beside … Continue reading The Secret Garden
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
I was delighted to return home from work yesterday to find that Rachel had bought, on vinyl, The music from Bagpuss! Songs from Bagpuss often feature in my films.
This is from life, I was there: exploring secrets hidden behind shapes, colours and scents – the smell of that philadelphus, god almighty! In Canto One I lived on, flew … Continue reading Canto One
I came across this much broken and worn tombstone in Kirkliston Kirkyard. I believe it commemorates Alexander Gibson who was 50 years a gardener at Newliston House.
Our son Andrew phoned today to say that he has been successful in a job interview. Hale Bopp comet was in the night sky when our son was born. The … Continue reading Comet sweeps by earth
Yesterday I got to the last day of the exhibition on the story of Scottish Pop: Rip It Up Here are a few films that that include a little of … Continue reading Rip it up –
I have been asked to give a talk for the Deeside Heritage Society and will be giving this in Aboyne on the evening of the Thursday 19th October 2017. My … Continue reading My talk for the Deeside Heritage Society