Gardens of the Mind

I have put together this post in my appreciation for Geoffrey Jellicoe (1900 -1996).

Jellicoe was an architect, landscape architect, historian, traveller, lecturer and author. He has been a lasting inspiration for me.

When I studied landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh it was Jellicoe who was the guide for my mind’s eye. Without Jellicoe, I feel certain that I would not have gained distinction in all subjects along with the award of the Scottish Chapter prize. I was not a good draughtsman but I had ideas; uncultivated ideas. Six years of training in Medicine (at the University of Aberdeen) had rather stifled my creative and imaginative self and I was altogether rather too tight and rigid. In good part, I feel this a consequence of the unhelpful, and really too strict division between the so-called ‘two cultures’.

In what follows I have “borrowed words” of my betters, taking three quotes from a number of my favourite authors: marginalia and fragments that for me somehow seem to say something about Jellicoe and the ‘two cultures’. Interspersed are a few short clips of Geoffrey Jellicoe talking about draughtsmanship and gardens of the Mind.



 

Well, is there anyone who isn’t tangent?

I made this film after visiting the Temple of the Muses, by Dryburgh, on the last day of March 2017.

At the end of the corridor

 

A Doctor’s Line

Today I got to hear Professor Sir Kenneth C Calman give a talk on ‘Scottish Literature and Medicine’ at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

It was a wonderful talk and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to attend and to meet Sir Kenneth. This has been an ambition of mine.

Sir Kenneth Calman’s book “A Doctor’s Line” is wonderful and I would recommend to all whether medical or lay, scientist or artist:

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 Some of my “notes” on A Doctor’s Line can be read here