Document 1476

Preston Mill

Author(s): Rowena M Love

Copyright holder(s): Rowena M Love


The mill stands poised
like a fashion model,
displaying tones and textures
from Nature’s Collection.
Red pantiles drape the roof
with Madras cloth checks;
cornerstones seam sandstone walls
in shades of sorrel;
a skirt of grass borders the buildings
in a lush green velvet
polka-dotted with ducks.
A lamé pond shines like sequins in sun,
its silver surface slubbed
with the wake of waterfowl.
The mill wheel bobbin
purls water from the stream;
white cotton yarn unravels
from every paddle.
Beyond the drawn-thread fence,
is the corduroy of ploughed fields:
light and shadow ruffle the nap
into ripples of russet and chestnut.
Above, doves are appliquéd
on sky’s azure bunting,
pin feathers pointing to Phantassie
and dreams.

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Information about Document 1476

Preston Mill


Text audience

Adults (18+)
General public
Audience size 100+

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2001
Word count 122

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Magazine (e-zine)
Web (webpages, discussion boards, newsgroups, chat rooms)

Text publication details

Publisher D C Thomson
Publication year 2001
Place of publication Dundee
Part of larger text
Contained in The Fireside Book

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Author details

Author id 1068
Forenames Rowena
Initials M
Surname Love
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1960
Educational attainment University, PCGE and Maîtrise
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher and writer
Place of birth Dumbarton
Region of birth Dunbarton
Birthplace CSD dialect area Dnbt
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Troon
Region of residence S Ayr
Residence CSD dialect area Ayr
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Master Mariner and Teacher
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Nurse
Mother's place of birth Rankinston
Mother's region of birth N Ayr
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Ayr
Mother's country of birth Scotland


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes At work and home
French Yes Yes Yes Yes At work, on holiday
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes At home, occasionally at work