Archive for September, 2010


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I havent got around to saying anything about our week away. It was very nice, and undoubtedly a good idea. We were in a little Victorian lodge in the Calder Valley, green and peaceful, with the sound of the Hebden Water (somehow the Scots term seems appropriate) tinkling over the stones. Perhaps the most exciting […]

We’re off

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Having got the introduction to the collections book off to the designer, we’re snatching a week away in the north Pennines. It’ll be very quiet and low fuss, and if the weather isn’t with us, there is a woodburning stove. We’ll also see Dr Biswell, which will be very nice. I have just acquired a […]

All shall have prizes

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I think we have finally got the rights of the water supply. This after the farmer opened and emptied the tanks, and we all puzzled at the total absence of anything leading downhill, etc. In fact, there were only two pipes in toto, one old lead pipe which came out of the middle tank heading […]

Praymeval Slayme

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

– as Ed would say. The weather is absolutely filthy — wind to a degree and extent that absolutely gets under your skin. The Farmer has had a thought. Is our mystery pipe leading off from somewhere in the sediment at the bottom of the tank? When climactic conditions are a bit less appalling he […]


Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Our friend the acupuncturist came by today for a quick cram. She is proposing to sit the new Citizenship Exam, and had a book of 300 practice questions. Overall the exercise doesn’t strike me as wholly stupid, though I think about 80% of natives would fail, but quite a lot of the questions are things […]

Water: Six Blind Men Examine an Elephant

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Well, after a lot of righteous men becoming selfrighteous to an extent which was just a bit tiring, we seem to have some kind of an answer. Keith the Quondam Plumber (now working offshore), rung up by Current Plumber, who knows him, with the essential ‘faur’s the pipe?’ said that he hadn’t plumbed us to […]


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

For the first time ever, the premises have been adorned by both the Tropical Godfather AND the Tropical Godmama. This was very nice, but after a couple of days we awoke to a crisis; the total absence of water emerging from any tap on the first floor, where the bathrooms and lavatories are. At […]