Archive for August, 2009

Foreign Parts

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

The swallows left us last weekend, after their usual twittering about, sitting in rows on the telephone wires making arrangements to meet in Tangiers. We are not going quite so far, but we are nonetheless on the move. We have taken delivery of the Greatest Living Shakespearean, with whom we will be leaving for Amsterdam […]

‘I will scream and scream’

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

We have had a strangely exciting afternoon. In an unobtrusive and organised manner, Dr Biswell sorted out the septic tank, which has been giving grief - though it is on the scale of a medium sized Etruscan tomb, its builders in the 1880s did not assume that every member of the household would have a […]

Pict n’Mix

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

We have been down South(ish, i.e. still north of the Central Belt let alone England) staying with our friend the Duchess in his lovely gilded cage. The last time we were down that way, when he was in full Lord Burlington mode in re the laying out of a great garden and cultivating the […]

Grand Day Out

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

We had the most enchanting day off yesterday: plan A was to go to the opening of the Pittenweem Festival, so we had allowed a day for the purpose. But the weather forecast indicated sullen and persistent rain over Fife, whereas here in the north it was coming up pretty settled. We considered the prospect […]