Peat Moss Poetry
Peat Moss Poetry collects the poems of Buchan joiner Auld Wullie whose workshop and cottage with railway carriage was at the Toll of Birness by the Fraserburgh and Peterhead roads.
Wullie requested of his nephew, Jack Davidson, that his collection of Doric poetry be published “efter ah’m deid”!
Readers will be delighted with these wonderfully witty and insightful poems as a lasting legacy of this remarkable loon.
Being a well-kent face around Aberdeenshire much of his poems has landmarks as their subject and these include climbing Bennachie, Slains Castle and his favourite café, the Coffee Pot in Ellon.
Another lovely feature of Peat Moss Poetry is that it is interspersed with fond memories by Jack of his Uncle and even odes dedicated to him. The funniest is the one written after he received a parcel from his nephew that he could not get into.
Here is an example of one of his pieces of work entitled The Auld Beech Tree:
Atap the lairdie’s brae
Ah’ve been stannin here a hunner year
Or so the auld folk say
Ma pooerfu reets aneath ma queets
Powk throwe atap the yird
But farrer doon ah’m unco soon
An built tae stan the dird
Or fitivver netter throwes at me
Be it winter snaw or sleet
Or fin summer comes Ah’ll oot ma leaves
And shelter fae the heat
Ah’m nae a tall an gracefu tree
In fact Ah’ve heard it said
Fae folk that see ma ample girth
Ah’m jist a laichie bred
But bein short an dumpy means
If Ah’m coupit by the law
Ah winna cause an earthquake
Cos Ah’ll nae hae far tae fa
Other doric verses tackles weighty subjects like what keeps the Pope’s bunnet on when he kneels, vinegar curing swollen joints, the perils of being a geriatric joiner and why honest men die poor.
It is beautifully illustrated with some stunning photos of our beautiful countryside and some great pictures of Auld Wullie which captures his lively fun character. I particularly liked his snap by the famous red phone box which featured in the film Local Hero at Pennan and of him busy in his workshop.
It would make an ideal fun gift for those with an interest in our unique mither tongue and can be purchased at the Coffee Pot in Ellon or directly from Jack Davidson at:
14 Hillend View
Tel: 07736 679520
The cost is £7.50 (plus £1.50 for post & packing).
Ah lookit for a bittie piece, well its nae muckle eese
Haen liquor and nithin tae ett
Ah even, nae less rakit aa throwe the press
An ah set oot the lot on a plate.
We learn a bit more about this Buchan character in this second volume, best of all that he played football with Stanley Matthews in their early RAF days. New photos include a young Wullie Rennie in his Royal Air Force uniform.
He finds humour in so many unexpected places. For instance he describes not being able to listen to the Minister’s sermon during a funeral : Fur his verra erse wis sair!
If only he had enough faith in his talent for Doric poetry and had listened to his family and had them published when alive. I’m sure the local area would have taken him to their hearts and encouraged him to publish more and I for one would have loved to hear him recite his works in his braid mither tongue. I look eagerly to reading volume three.
The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.
Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.
I’ve put in many Doric words and phrases into the novel, my favourite being “Mmm oxters o an Aberdeen loon, cannae beat it!” As with all my novels and short stories (my author name is CG Buswell) it includes the Doric, scenes from Aberdeen and famous ghosts from our area.
Read the first three chapters for free on most devices.