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The Roundel Stone

Set in Stone

Monday last week, I visited the Roundel: In visiting, I was aware that the inscribed stone that is associated with it, had long since been removed: Yesterday, on the last … Continue reading Set in Stone

Argaty Photograph Album

Strirling Council Archives have kindly made open to all,  photographs from Argaty estate, that were taken in the 1920s: After a fire in April 2011, Argaty House was left as … Continue reading Argaty Photograph Album

BEWARE THE FLY!

This poster was issued by Stirling Burgh’s Sanitary Inspector in 1927 to local shops and businesses: The stern language now reads as dramatic, but at this time the antibacterial effects … Continue reading BEWARE THE FLY!

This is our TUFTY day!

The Tufty Club was established in 1961 with clubs set up all over Britain: The main character, Tufty Fluffytail, was created by Elsie Mills. Tufty and his friends featured in … Continue reading This is our TUFTY day!

‘A man most unusually connected’

I read the obituary of David Miller (1935 – April 2020) in yesterday’s Herald. David Miller was a widely-admired businessman who chaired a wide range of organisations. He was known … Continue reading ‘A man most unusually connected’

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Words:‘ The beginning of Spring’ by Penelope Fitzgerald Image: Dr Evgeny Legedin in Glen Affric

‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

On 13th November 1881, George Stephen, Watchmaker, Comrie lost his spectacles [presumably going to, or coming from, church]: George Stephen would have been a ‘weel kent’ figure in Comrie given … Continue reading ‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

Cameras are clocks for seeing

Our Mantel Clock was drawn by Rachel in December of 2010.

‘the way everything has slowed down’

Dani Garavelli, is a freelance journalist that I admire. Her weekly feature in Scotland on Sunday is one that I look forward to. In last Sunday’s edition, Dani Garvelli wrote … Continue reading ‘the way everything has slowed down’

Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Filmed at Corston Mill (now in ruins) near Strathmiglo, Fife. Music: Covers of ‘Since Yesterday’, one is by Karine Polwart and the other by a wonderful homemade artist, but alas, … Continue reading Ploughgirl will be a Champion

Cimbrone

Cimbrone, July 1993 Just wed, Peter and Sian, together on the ‘infinite terrace’, could just see the ruins of Paestum. Wow! This, the view from the hill-top gardens of Cimbrone. … Continue reading Cimbrone