The Letters of John Cockburn of Ormistoun to His Gardener, 1727-1744, can be read in full here.
I visited the Ormiston Yew on Monday 7th September 2020:
My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.
I was recently traveling through the charming village of Stenton in East Lothian and came across Adam and Eve!
This short film is based on ‘Thought for the day’ by Duncan McLaren, BBC Radio Scotland, 19 November 2019. The trees featured include those on the Altyre Estate (near Forres), … Continue reading Standing ovation
A quote from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald. This is for Mrs Picken.
Quotes about gates (one of my fascinations) from ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald
The circular Yew hedge in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald
There is a haunting account of the Somerleyton Yew maze in ‘The Rings of Saturn’ by W G Sebald
The above photograph is of the doorway to St Edward’s Church, Stow on Wold. The entrance is flanked by two ancient yew trees. I have followed the “stories” of a … Continue reading Ancient roots
As reported in the Times, 27th June 2019:
It has been romantically recalled [in folklore] that Lord Darnley and Mary Queen of Scots were betrothed under an ancient yew tree in the grounds of Crookston Castle, Renfrewshire. This … Continue reading “When Harry met Mary under the Yew tree”