The blog of photographer Kim Ayres

John Simpson

. "So, what do you think of the Poll Tax?" I’m not sure whether these were his first actual words to me, but they were cert...Read More

Full to bursting

. Stuffed Bloated F’lup For 2 days I’ve not held back with the eating. If I’ve wanted it, and I’ve not been feeling sick with all...Read More

Santa... *cough*

. NOTE: This post is unsuitable for children under the age of 13. If you are under 13 and have inadvertantly strayed on to this page, plea...Read More

The Geese

. The Geese are a local 3-piece “Indy-folk” band, with Alan on lead vocals and guitar (usually), Michelle on fiddle (mostly), and Harr...Read More

To Charlie

. My good friend Charlie and I found each other through blogging back around March 2006 – nearly 5 years ago – which in blogging terms ...Read More

Open Studio Day

. As mentioned in my post, Studios , a couple of months ago, Maggie has a new space in the next town along, Kirkcudbright. Bought ove...Read More

Cover Art

Prole is a magazine publishing prose and poetry, where the aim is that all submissions are high quality and accessible. I have to confess...Read More

December Song

. Jim Hamilton has released a single, “ December Song ”, in time to try and grab that Christmas Number 1 slot. His name might not be th...Read More


. Woods and forests are magical locations - places of mystery and faerie tales; wildlife and free food; pleasant walks and sustainable ...Read More

Halloween Pumpkins

. The recent tradition of carving pumpkins in the Ayres household (as opposed to the previous tradition of carving turnips, which destroys ...Read More


. I often hear it said that the problem with birthdays when we get older is they never have the magic we enjoyed as children. Turning 4...Read More

44 Today!

. I’m 44 today. Well what do you know? I’ve survived yet another year... Apparently other 44 year olds who celebrate their birthday...Read More

Spring Fling 2011

. Spring Fling is an annual event in SW Scotland where, over the last weekend in May, artists across the region open their doors to the pu...Read More


. I’m going to be offline for the next week or thereabouts. I’m sure you all have plenty of things to be getting on with – other blogs to...Read More

Political Compass

. There is a fascinating site online called The Political Compass . The basic premise behind it is the traditional left-right view of p...Read More


. Imagine how you would feel if, out of the blue one fine early autumn morning, you received a bill in the post for unpaid council tax for ...Read More


. There are times when I think naiveté is very likely to be the death of me. “Naiveté about what?” I hear you ask. Naiveté about pe...Read More


. We picked up the key for Maggie’s new studio last week. Although Maggie has been using the front room in our house as a studio sinc...Read More

Thinking too much

. “I’ve realised why you don’t find ‘ Chuck ’ as funny as I do,” said my 15-year-old son recently. “Why’s that then?” “Because you ...Read More

Bramble Hunting

. The Great Bramble Hunt is an annual tradition in our family. Each year, Rogan, Meg and I trek out to our favourite spot to try and ...Read More

Meg is growing up

. When I recently asked for blogging suggestions, several people badgered me for more about my daughter Meg. At 12½, Meg is not such...Read More
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