Today’s post produced something so daft and touching it says a lot about living here: the ladies who made up the Sapphist toile de Jouy and camouflage duvet-cover mentioned a couple of blogs back, brought the finished product round on Saturday. The writing of a cheque (which are now printed as from Prof. D and Prof. S ) and subsequent conversation revealed that I had become a professor, something I don’t on the whole tell people. Today’s post produced a tasteful wee ‘Congratulations’ card, with a legend as follows: ‘Congratulations on becoming a Professor. From: The Curtain Ladies in Huntly. Its been lovely doing little jobs for you. you are both delightful people, and it is nice to see your home and garden. Norma and I love old houses. Houses with stories to tell!!!’ To which you can only say, well, bless.