Archive for November, 2010

Birthday Message for Dr Biswell

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Dr Biswell and his Significant Other have gone off for a birthday holiday, to, as it turns out, a picturesque snow-bucket. My dears, the song for the moment would seem to be ‘Were I laid on Greenland’s Coast’ — with appropriate adjustments — we hope you’re contriving to have an enjoyable birthday. Poem for the […]

End of a muckle sang

Monday, November 29th, 2010

We have somehow managed to complete the Collections Book on schedule. There’s lots and lots in it we would, with hindsight, have done otherwise, and an element of ‘if we were wanting to get to here we wouldn’t have started from where we did’, but no matter. In the process, we’ve found all kinds […]

Then there was more snow

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

We are under enormous, Moominlike quantities of snow. It’s well over Miss Kit’s head, and her outings are somewhat desperate, but she still won’t use her tray. I hope she’s crapping in the house somewhere, because she certainly isn’t doing it outside. The whole thing is ludicrous. I’ve postponed Monday’s teaching — fortunately two of […]

Winter sodding Wonderland

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Well, after a mere eight months, we’re back with Fimbulwinter, and moreover, negotiating it in tandem with a teaching term, which hasn’t happened before. Our old friend Hayseed Taxis has had to give up but we now have a new taxi-man in our lives, Gordon the Calm. Our car became immovable yesterday, and today, not […]

Fillan update

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

We borrowed a cat trap this morning, and rather to my surprise, successfully trapped poor Fillan in it. Her shoulder is about four times its proper size. Hamish the vet was not having a good day — emergency after emergency starting with someone’s horse dropping dead. It’s that thing about weekends: if any animal is […]

apologies for the intermission

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Sorry we’ve disappeared beneath the horizon. There has been a lot going on, the Collections Book is in its final stages, and bits of it are not yet written. I had a nasty shock a couple of days ago — I was looking at one of our big 19th c collections & found a manuscript […]

On the Turn

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

This is the end of Week Six — halfway through the term. Last week saw my last lectures on two of the courses I contribute to. Next week, I’ll sign off another. There is a very great difference between giving 2-5 lectures a week and giving 10-11, and I look forward to it. My new […]