Loch Leven Crop 2

Loch Leven Castle

A Scottish queen held captive on a tiny island… hope, fear and loss… and a daring bid for freedom. The walls of Loch Leven Castle are so full of memories!

Yew Crop 2

The darkness of the yew

Evergreen, toxic, and able to live for thousands of years… it’s no wonder the yew tree was revered in ancient times.


Tawny owl - pencil drawing (crop)

Tawny owl – a new pencil drawing

This lovely new pencil drawing is just finished…


Wiping crop

Purdey’s top tip: wiping

Mirrors, cupboards, windows, bathroom tiles… all of them benefit from a really good wipe. There’s no time to waste!


Dunfermline Doorway Crop

Doorway into Dunfermline Abbey Church

Glorious 11th century adornment and a glimpse of stained glass within…


Poldullie Bridge, Strathdon (2)

In a nutshell: Poldullie Bridge, Strathdon

In the early 1700s, a lot of troubled water flowed under this elegant bridge in Aberdeenshire

Seacliff harbour (1)

Seacliff beach and the UK’s smallest harbour

Hidden from sight until you’ve almost fallen into it, this amazing feature is carved into the rock below Tantallon Castle.

St Andrews Cathedral and St Rule's Tower

Ghosts of St Andrews

A spooky tour of St Andrews, where it seems that every street and every building has its own spectral inhabitant. Would you wander around here after dark? I’m not sure I would!


World’s End Close, Edinburgh

World’s End Close: it sounds like a prophecy of doom! And this dark close that leads off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile can certainly tell a few stories…


Drumlanrig Castle: unbridled splendour

A Renaissance masterpiece, the ‘Pink Palace’ of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries-shire was designed to impress – and it still leaves you in awe!


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The plants of Dollar Glen

Following my feature on the Trees of Dollar Glen, I’m taking a look at its lovely array of wild plants (and a couple of show-stealing insects!)

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In a nutshell: the oystercatcher

A lovely strand of folklore is attached to this much-loved shore bird