For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle

Like most Scots of his generation, D.O. Hill was  a great fan of both Rabbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Several of his and Robert Adamson’s compositions recreated characters from Scott’s novels (like this one from The Antiquary) and he was an illustrator of both writers, spending quite some time in Ayrshire prior to publishing … Continue reading For Burns Night: D. O. Hill, Rabbie Burns and the Lass of Ballochmyle

Coast

Returning from an incredibly sunny weekend in Cornwall (Carlyon Bay pictured left) reminds me how I’ve always been a lover of the sea (and possibly married a native of Anglesey just to guarantee a lifetime of sea-side holidays!) But I confess I had never heard of Mersea island until I was contacted by Juliet Doyle, a reader … Continue reading Coast