50 years a gardener

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.

a new canto

This film is for my daughter Rachel. June 2019: We were based at Dryburgh – the home of the Earl of Buchan and the resting place of Walter Scott. Music … Continue reading a new canto

on the day of his death

From the bank of the river Tweed looking towards Abbotsford I wrote a poem.  A poem to my faither. A branch of an old tree was my seat.

Reappearing on the horizon of a new canto

Yesterday we returned from a short break in the Scottish Borders. We were staying at Dryburgh once the home of the 11th Earl of Buchan – a wonderful eccentric who … Continue reading Reappearing on the horizon of a new canto

the first creatures to smile

In Nabakov’s memoir he does more than ‘speak M E M O R Y’. One of the passages that I most love from his memoir is this: What makes you … Continue reading the first creatures to smile