Over the Hills and Far Away
Dalbeattie childhood with Douglas Hamilton
'School had its moments, but I was always happiest alone
on the moors with the rabbits, the hawks and the heather.
I relished the peace and the great expanse of nature around
'Summer evenings had their own special magic, and for
me the most beautiful smell in the whole world was the scent
of rain falling on a hot dusty road. It is a smell that disappeared
with childhood, that lingers in my memory even today.'
Douglas Hamilton was a child of the Depression. He grew up
in a world that was about to disappear with the onset on war.
Although he was destined to travel the globe and settle on
the other side of the world, he would carry with him the rich
gift of his Scottish family and community, and his deep, abiding
connection with nature.
Magpie Press - out of print.