Tantallon & Bass Rock Crop

Tantallon Castle: symbol of strength

The ancient seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, Tantallon Castle tells a story of power, violence and treason. Most visitors didn’t bring a picnic – they brought guns!

Croft Moraig Crop 2

Croft Moraig: circle of light

Right by the roadside near Kenmore in Perthshire is this wonderful stone circle – and some of its best friends appear to be trees


Time for Purdey’s PAWS Awards 2015!

It’s finally arrived! The event you’ve been waiting for all year… this is your chance to vote in Purdey’s Awards for Worldwide Stardom 2015!

Dunvegan gate

Gateway into 2015

A lovely old gateway near Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye…


Ballachulish St John's

St John’s Church, Ballachulish

Next in my series on doorways is this lovely entrance to St John’s Church in Ballachulish…


Mistletoe (3)

For the love of mistletoe

Fascinating in so many ways, the white berries of mistletoe have a long connection with Christmas. But the truth goes back still further, as any Druid would tell you…

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.


St Andrew's Auld Kirk. You can just glimpse the harbour through the gap on the left. That's a modern statue, by the way!

St Andrew’s Auld Kirk, North Berwick

I’m fast discovering that North Berwick is a town with a long history – and some of it is hidden in full view! Take, for example, this bijou whitewashed building on the sea front…

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

Loch Leven Castle (Jo) 120

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!


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!