Archive for September, 2008

Country air…

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

One of the fall-outs of this non summer has been that almost everyone in rural Aberdeenshire has felt a bit ill of and on in the last week or so. A blinding light was thrown upon this by the Refugee Gardener, when he told us that the farmers, worried about selling their barley, have all […]

Teaching the Young Idea how to shoot

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

My erstwhile gamekeeper’s parents have just come back from Catterick where there has been a sort of parents’ day. They found themselves greeted with ‘Hey, great to see you … er. When was it you said you were going?’ Apparently, he could have come home with them this weekend, but there were a couple of […]

Every Dog Has Her Day

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

This was, without doubt, a very special day for Miss Best Friend’s, if not best day ever. The morning’s post brought a parcel, which was from the Arts Correspondent, and turned out to contain a new pheasant, all ready for the shooting season. It looks quite strange — I mean, it has both feet, and […]

Catching up

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

We’re back home after ten days away, in which quite a lot of things happened. One thing which pleased me enormously was that I was given a drawing by Edward Burra – not, I hasten to add, a hideously valuable Work of Art but, from a biographer’s point of view, something almost better: a cartoon […]