‘On page 340 there is a smudged fingerprint’

I read with interest the Scotland on Sunday review of Ali Smith’s Summer. It will be my next read, along with Richard Holloway’s new book.

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

annotation by Peter

This was how I annotated a page in my copy of The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd.

Arory-bory-Alice

In Chapter Three of The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd you will find a delightful family conversation about the northern lights, the aurora borealis: Footnote: The above painting is of … Continue reading Arory-bory-Alice

‘two small boys lay on their stomachs beside the puddle’

From boyhood I have loved gates. It is fair to say that they fascinate me. The humbler the gate – or gateway – the better!

‘a loving observer’

Aunt Josephine from The Quarry Wood.

Aunt Josephine Leggatt

The first chapter of The Quarry Wood is about Aunt Josephine Leggatt who had a “tender concern for her seedlings”. Martha could read her aunt’s eye.