The morning brought a bright and unseasonably warm sunshine so Anna and I set out on our walk at 11.00am. With the younger members of the population back at work and school, the world was quieter and I could enjoy my mental accompaniment of the Louis Jordan number, “Is you is or is you ain’t... Continue Reading →
The discovery of a 1957 Locospotters Annual brings thoughts of W H Auden and a book sale in Pitlochry.
"His sentences are chubby with the lard of his self regard."
Now that it's the season of school sports days, I thought I'd include the above photo which is in my book 'Mr. Mackay's Legacy'. There is very little I know about it, except that it was taken at a sports day at St. John's School, Perth, Scotland in 1968 or 1969 nor do I know... Continue Reading →
The top photograph shows Atholl Road, Pitlochry's main street, as it looked in 1912. The photo was also issued as a postcard. One hundred years later, I photographed Atholl Road from the same position. Apart from the mode of transport and people's dress, little has changed over the century, which surprised me. I even resorted... Continue Reading →
Yesterday, while driving along the A90 Perth to Dundee road we stopped at a favourite place, the Cairn o’ Mohr winery near Errol. Superb coffee and scones, friendly and attentive staff and a highly quirky and attractive atmosphere. Best of all, the ever changing display of carved tree-trunk heads.
‘Windows in the West’ is a painting by Scottish artist Avril Paton. It depicts the people and activities behind the windows of a Glasgow tenement (apartment) block after a winter snowfall. The work is regularly voted at or near the top in polls of Scotland's favourite paintings. It attracts many visitors to its site in... Continue Reading →
I think I'm returning to words I used when growing up. Amongst other surprises that have recently dropped from my lips is the word ‘fankle’. I've not heard or used it in years so I've now taken to using it regularly. Words like ‘fankle’ are part of a Scots heritage and so often they express... Continue Reading →