Archive for December, 2010

Tonka Toys

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Barnyards has been playing with Tonka toys to great effect. He has investigated his side of the track, and found an errant boulder blocking the pipe. This was removed, and whoosh: the pipe spouted once more. I am happy to say that he and his Tonka toy did not end up bobbing down the […]


Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

We have been well above freezing for more than 24 hours, and the snow is melting nicely. There are occasional horrid rumbling slides and bangs as of trolls playing on the roof, which are caused by sudden snowslides. Miss Kit thinks they’re spooky, and they certainly incline one to go through the door rather […]

Happy Christmas

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

We are having a nice quiet time here in the snow. A variety of presents had found their way, thanks to the intrepid Postmen, we have a fire going in the sitting room, I have made raspberry rødgrød by way of a fatless pudding, and it wasn’t so cold today — in fact, since it […]

Deep Midwinter

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

We had more snow dumped on us. Oh, thank you. Just what we wanted. My devoted neighbours took me shopping first thing, in case any more of it happened, so we have: enough drugs for the drug-taking community (the Professor and Miss Best Friend), bales and bales of fresh vegetable, mountains of brown rice and […]


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Well, the good news is that the intrepid boilermen finally made it out here. We haven’t been doing too badly, but temperatures are going down again, and the weathermen think it may be 20 below tonight. It was well below zero and falling when we went out for a little walk in the afternoon. It […]

Snow on Snow

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

I’m happy to relate that my ex-Gamekeeper made it home, hiring a car and driving through the night which cannot have been any fun at all. He returned the hire car to the airport where his dad found him some time later asleep on the floor. Otherwise, nothing has happened except snow. We spent […]


Saturday, December 18th, 2010

It’s all a bit un-funny: our boiler continues mysteriously non-operational. Something mysterious has happened to its electrics which is beyond the skill of Bob the Great, who came down to look at it, it was 15 below this morning, and the Professor isn’t supposed to get cold. He also has a cold, and cold […]

Weather Bear at it again

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I am sitting here bleakly regarding the falling snow. I didn’t go in to give my last lecture, for the very good reason that the local bus service, which keeps going through thick and thin, cancelled services today which is just about unheard-of. Gordon the Calm, who was going to come and get me, […]

Neither Rain Nor Storm nor Gloom of Night

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The snow’s back. It is currently hailing. The old dog insisted on going out; she seemed to feel that, having had her bowl of chicken and rice, ham, and a bit of extra from my dinner, that it wasn’t quite enough. She is looking for cat food. I’m fairly certain she won’t find any, because […]

The next thing

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Well, it transpired that we had plenty of heating oil. We also, unfortunately, had plenty of water in it. The problem being that the weight of snow and ice has punched the lid of the tank from concavity to convexity, and this is allowing water to seep in. I got back from work yesterday to […]


Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The snow has melted, but the water is now almost entirely off the track. The clown contingent successfully retrieved their van. Meanwhile we have run out of heating oil: it is now perfectly possible to get a tanker up the track, but whether our local fuel company has any fuel remains to be seen — […]

News, much of it shambolic

Friday, December 10th, 2010

None of it bad, but a certain amount of muddle which even Dr Biswell was unable to dispel. The local emporium where I had acquired our expensive new mattress rang up at 8.30 to announce their intention of delivering it this afternoon. I told them that I thought the track was okay (having walked it […]


Friday, December 10th, 2010

Dr Biswell managed to get to us last night, having contrived to be the last man on the last train leaving Edinburgh in a northerly direction. The rail services seem to have been reduced to utter chaos but the main thing is, he got here, so he is manning the fort.

The Weather Apocalypse Bear

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

The Northern Gentleman, in the course of his mission of mercy, updated us on why the weather reports have become quite as they are. Last year, we were in the paws of Binks, the Met Office Cat. Everyone else, we believe, scarpered for the tropics seeing what was coming, leaving Binks to dispense weather […]

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The blog title partly relates to the Professor taking things one day at a time, but so far things are going along fine. What is really annoying me at the moment is the Met Office. For about a week, I’ve had the experience of getting up the weather forecast and seeing that today is orange […]

Home again

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

The snow has continued to melt today, and the Laird of the Pink Castle was able to deliver the Professor at about four. He gets tired very quickly but isn’t looking at all bad considering. Friends are rallying, the Northern Gentleman is turning up this evening, and Dr Biswell at the end of the week. […]

Nothing Much

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

I haven’t got the Professor back as yet. He had a nosebleed so they decided to keep him another night. It’s warmer today and it’s been raining on and off, leaving me worried about ice on the track, but there’s nothing I can do about it. Anyway, one result was that enough heat reached the […]


Friday, December 3rd, 2010

A major emergency 1) emerged, and 2) receded with bewildering speed. The story starts in the small hours of Thursday morning, with the Professor feeling dreadful. After googling symptoms a heart attack seemed a distinct possibility, so we rang the emergency services — these arrived with impressive speed despite the snow, laden with equipment, and […]