Among the adornments of Aberdeenshire are Two Nice Girls who have taken up growing vegetables in the Howe of Buchan — these ornaments to the sisterhood are a pair of American ladies of middle years and cheerful disposition. They deposit a weekly veg box, which costs ten quid and is, compared to T*sc*s, insanely good value. Most of it is nice, and some of it is lovely. We have not learned to adore kale but have found ways of making it edible, which I suppose is something. But, at this time of year… O God, the spuds. They are very nice spuds. But the Prof and I don’t eat that much starch. Every week these good ladies deposit more potatoes; we are a bread-eating household in the main, and what with the beneficent fairy wand of the Godmother Formerly Known as Tropical, are eating quite a bit of rice … I open the food cupboard and find myself thinking of Mickey Mouse as the Sorceror’s Apprentice. I’d swear they multiply in the dark.