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ONE of my favourite countryside corners is Mary’s Wood.Read
One of my favourite poems is Elegy in a Country Churchyard, by Thomas Gray (1716-71).Read
September heralds the dark season’s arrival in the countryside.Read
DURING the 19th century, it was legal for children to be employed in coal mines.Read
WHILE working as a countryside ranger, I cycled to Muirshiel country park, 800 feet above sea level in the Lochwinnoch hills.Read
ONE of my favourite composers is Austrian-born Johann Strauss the Younger.Read
I WAS saddened to hear of the passing of Captain Murray Lawrie, of the 1st Lochwinnoch Boys’ Brigade.Read
THE inscrutable role of irreversible fate in human destiny is enshrined in the haunting lines of the 12th century Persian poem, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.Read
ONE of the most iconic landmarks on the Gleniffer Braes is Hall of Caldwell crossroads between Paisley and Lugton.Read
THE highly-acclaimed Downton Abbey TV programme portrays life upstairs and downstairs in Britain’s great country houses during the early 20th century.Read
ONE of my most treasured personal possessions is an autographed photograph sent by a young Paisley seaman to his twin sister just before he died during the Second World War.Read
A COMBINATION of wet and sunny weather made this a wonderful year for one of the Paisley area’s most exotic plant families.Read
ONE of Renfrewshire’s prettiest churches is St Mary the Virgin, in its idyllic setting outside Bridge of Weir.Read
THE mouldering ruins of medieval Duchal Castle are rocky reminders of turbulent times of violence, bloodshed and family feuds.Read
FOR 150 years, elegant Kilnside House was a diadem in the crown of Paisley’s architectural heritage.Read
COUNTRY folk conversant with Gryffe Castle’s dark past feared the worst when Major Harold Glen-Coats purchased the historic mansion in 1931.Read
OLDER Buddies will remember the iconic wooden black-and-white sailing ship that was moored at Broomielaw Quay in Glasgow.Read
IF Paisley man John Sydney Farrow was alive today, he’d be in his 80s and watching his great-grandchildren grow up.Read
FINLAYSTONE country estate, which lies just a few miles from Paisley town centre, is a horticultural heaven.Read
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