We can bank on flowers
Last updated at 10:48, Thursday, 26 July 2012
THIS has to be the year of the gowan. This familiar flower of the daisy family has been covering fields and roadsides in white all through our misnamed summer.
It must not mind the never-ending rain that’s drowned the country for months. Known also as the dog daisy, in other parts of Britain it’s the oxeye daisy, the horse daisy and even moonpenny. In Shetland it’s known as the kokkeluri.
It’s not often the name of Hugh MacDiarmid comes up in the speeches at the Cornet’s night at the British Legion but last Friday ex-Cornet Colin Irving, in his excellent toast to the Common Riding, read several lines of the Langholm poet’s work, including the ones inscribed on the cairn in MacDiarmid's memory which sits beside the sculpture at Whita Yett.
On Friday, August 17, in the town hall gallery, John Manson, who lives in Kirkpatrick Durham near Castle Douglas, will receive the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun award for his book Dear Grieve: Letters to Hugh MacDiarmid. This book was launched at an event in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
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First published at 21:35, Wednesday, 25 July 2012
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