In the Howff

Hares or rabbits? You tell me. I’m guessing from the white tail, rabbits. Seagulls a plenty, starlings, a magpie I couldn’t quite capture with the phone. I was struck by their proximity to the grave of a veterinarian. Wee daisies. And unexpected augmentation of a cherub. Such a peaceful oasis in central Dundee.

Gothic Mists

It would have been a crime to waste this beautiful misty morning late in the year, and after all I was dropping off the recycling at the transfer station nearby, so a little jaunt through Hudson City Cemetery seemed just the thing.

Fire, Uncomfortably Close

March: in like a lion? Check. High winds, a fallen tree, a transformer hit, sudden fire that burned so hot it made holes in the road, and yay — power outage in subzero weather. I’d much prefer to be dull. You know it’s bad when I could smell the smoke (I have a bad sense…

Writers Retreat: Albergo Ristorante Leso

Thanks to Damien Seaman, I got a chance to tag along for a week’s writing retreat in this beautiful mountain location near Verona. Albergo Ristorante Leso is in the small village of Bosco Chiesanuova. I just wanted to write and somehow alpine air is inspiring — or maybe it was the cowbells. Fellow Fox Spirit…

NYC, the QoE, Singer Sargent & More

Yes, I am still labouring to get caught up. Maybe sometime in November if I finish what I’m working on now [insert crazed laughter]. Nevertheless for sanity’s sake I ran off to the city to meet up with the fabulous Queen of Everything, Stephanie (have you seen her latest creations?!) to plot and plan. This…

Grissel Jaffray’s Stone

In the Howff this stone has come to be called the headstone of Grissel Jaffray, last witch executed in Dundee. It’s not her headstone, but who am I to mess with tradition? There is of course a formal memorial for her as well. Besides, the cemetery is full of lovely sights. You should probably visit…

Olafur Eliasson @ Tate Modern

If you can’t get to the Tate Mod, be sure to watch the BBC programme on Eliasson’s preparation for the exhibit (and also the Cindy Sherman one even though I had to miss her exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery — sob!). The exhibit is immersive and experiential so it went far too fast. Speaking…


A little jaunt in the mists and rain: the birthplace of J. M. Barrie and Bon Scott! Lovely drive through the Sidlaws there, too. And WiFi on the bus 😉

Broughty Ferry

A lovely day out now the kids are off school. More Wullies, of course. Windy but beautiful, I think you’ll agree. More photos on FB, if you’re there.

Snapshots of Pescara

I attended Captivating Criminality 6 on the coast of the Adriatic. Pescara was once an Olympic venue. Pier Paolo Passolini passed there on his coastal roadtrip. It was very hot and surprisingly humid, so you can imagine how enervated I was (melting! melting!). Though I knew co-host Fiona Peters, I met folks I’ve known online…