I live in upland Ayrshire with my wife Sophie, and six dogs, two cats, two ponies and my sheep. Also chicken, guineafowl, and geese. Barn owls nest close by. In theory I am a church historian, and I have published a book, The Grand Designer in an effort to substantiate this claim. I work on the interface of art, architecture and patron in the Victorian era. I lecture upon subjects covered in my book, and greatly enjoy doing it. Leaving comments in this section of my blog will find me if you want to make a booking. I also write short stories with translate the bible into idioms there is some hope that people today will understand, or, as it has sometimes been described, Biblical fan-fiction. Several of these are published on Love Blooms Bright, and its sister blog, Beauty from Chaos. I am currently working on a detective novel set in the Victorian period and inspired by some of the astonishing women who crossed the path of the third Marquess of Bute. I also ride, garden and walk, but actually I love nothing more than a cup of good coffee and internet access.