Boot Hill sign,Arizona, Texas

South West Stories

With very good friends in the USA and a grandfather, Frederick Lee Thomas, who was born in Brackettville, West Texas in the late 1870s, there are emotional ties and personal reasons to visit the South Western States of Arizona new Mexico and Texas.

Very much against the tide of immigration, my grandfather left the Texas border country to head north and east, across the Atl;antic, eventually making a home in Glasgow and a living as a travelling salesman.

Here are two vignettes from a visit to the South West, when I fell in love with these empty ranges, discovered we really were trailer trash and started to understand my own sense of rootlessness.