Archive for April, 2012


Sunday, April 29th, 2012

We had a nice sunny afternoon here (as opposed to further south, where I gather there has been a deluge). I spent it filling a wheelbarrow with weeds– not that that’s the end of the story or anything like it, but at least, that’s a wheelbarrow full of buttercups, nettles and ground elder which isn’t […]


Saturday, April 28th, 2012

We are trying to make some final decisions about my garden. Some have already been made: Barry the Great is lifting the old path, has made a plinth for Pegasus and is in the process of making a stepping stone path up the middle of the garden (the fact that it rained like Niagara through […]


Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

It has been pouring with rain. The Professor and I went into the university — there was a statue being unveiled, with suitable hoopla, in which he played a part, and I, meanwhile, needed to get to the library. The cobbled high street was streaming with water, and as I scuttled up towards the side […]

Doesn’t time pass when you’re writing a book

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

I think it’s a week since the last blog, but if I ask myself what’s been going on, the answer is, not a lot that’s bloggable. Miss Dog has refrained from crime, though she has managed to get surprisingly oderiferous considering she had a bath not long ago. The skunk cabbage by Twisby Island has […]


Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I had a terrific day out with the Formerly Tropical Godparents. Between 11 and 5.30 we had: brilliant sunshine, rain, snow, more brilliant sunshine, a blizzard, sun … the weather, in short, was cycling dementedly between all available possibilities short of whirling us off to the land of Oz. The trajectory of this expedition was […]

New kid on the block

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Miss Dog has had a most exciting day. She was taken out to tea, no less: the Palaeontologist and the French Correspondent have acquired a fine baby, now about a month old. What with one thing and another, this was our first visit of inspection. The baby is a fine, solid little creature growing almost […]

One a penny, two a penny

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Professor is feeling a lot better and has gone to Edinburgh. I have remained here with a collection of insubordinate animals working on late medieval Scotland, about which I now know a lot more than I did. I’m sitting here with ramparts of books to either side — Fordun, Adomnan’s Life of Columba, bibliographies, […]


Saturday, April 7th, 2012

The title of the post reflects a week with more below the surface than above it. I have decided to write another book, or rather, another book has declared its presence, a bit like getting pregnant. So research stepped up a bit, as it does when it’s got a direction. The snow melted. This is […]

It’s sodding well snowing again

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

As a peculiarly fair-minded guest (an Englishman to boot) pointed out on Sunday, we have simply become ungrateful. Four days of temperature in the twenties and like certain labradors we know, we are whingeing, ‘but we always…’ Ay think not. Temperatures around five centigrade are perfectly legit for the time of year. But I was […]