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2013
Dec
31
Back to the future
“In May I had convinced myself and then decided that this blog had to be ...”
Nov
30
Arts and crafts in airts an pairts
“Colinton is a notable place to live with its strong Robert Louis Stevenson connection because ...”
Oct
27
More bits and Bob
“When we arrived back from the Belgium trip, Bob was clearly not well. They were ...”
Sep
27
International rendezvous
“Rose and Sly came for their annual visit of mother, opticians (varifocals are wonderful for ...”
Aug
31
Bits and bobs
“August in Edinburgh is an odd month if you are a resident – the festivals ...”
Jul
27
French feline farce
“For some reason I decided that it would be a good idea to take the ...”
Jun
15
Orkneyinga saga
“Margaret happened to mention a bus trip to Orkney which she quite fancied but it ...”
May
Mar
25
Brussels Pate and the Fat Cat
“The other day a long-standing friend reminded me that I have a tendency to say ...”
Feb
23
Spring Unsprung
“There have been a few signs of Spring in the garden: shoots from the many ...”
04
Jan
2012
Dec
Nov
Oct
Sep
14
Registration, matriculation and graduation in a week!
“It's taken me a few months to adjust to a life alone and it involves ...”
04
Aug
Jul
May
28
22
09
02
Breaking out of the Hospice
“Dee and I have had many conversations over the past months about my final days ...”
Apr
16
10
06
Funerary Rights
“An archaeologist on Orkney once explained to me that nothing helps anthropologists to understand a ...”
Mar
Feb
27
20
16
09
Parallels, Echoes and Progression
“I've just finished reading A Scots Quair. It's taken me about 35 years, from the ...”
Jan
30
24
Power, Control and Responsibility
“I had an ECG this morning, as part of a set of routine checks prior ...”
16
12
2011
Dec
Nov
20
Coping with Chemo
“One of the things we found most disconcerting about my cancer diagnosis was the official ...”
16
11
Oct
29
09
08
A Lang Promise
“Sorting through some papers I found I'd kept a copy of this poem by Jackie ...”
Sep
28
20
A Different Mindset
“There have been a few recent developments in my cancer care. Charlie the oncologist broke ...”
19
11
06
Teddy Bears' Picnic
“We're still working our way through boxes of stuff that went from store in Nairn ...”
Aug
Jul
31
29
Silver Linings
“There's been a bit of a hiatus in this blog, as some of you have ...”
Jun
May
Apr
Mar
Feb
Jan
29
26
A Night at the Opera
“Last night we were at the Brussels opera house, La Monnaie/De Munt for the dress ...”
25
24
16
09
07
05
2010
Dec
31
29
Radioheads
“Many years ago when I lived in eastern France as a young and naive student, ...”
27
23
Dark days
“The longest night has come and gone, but the days are still short and dark. ...”
20
16
14
13
10
Saint-Avold
“We're in France. Early on Tuesday morning we made our way through the fog of ...”
06
On the Edge
“We're in Folkstone tonight. We could see France, if it weren't 1. snowing       ...”
04
01
Nov
30
Campsite etiquette
“Happy St Andrews day to ane an all. It is a truth universally acknowledged that campers ...”
29
26
All aboard for the bard
“The weather has taken a distinct turn for the cold. Minus six in the mornings, ...”
23
Aggie's Bad Trip
“We had intended to be off and away by 9.30am this morning but Aggie took ...”
22
17
Storm clouds gather
“Second night at Borlum started badly as Bob peed the duvet just as we were ...”
16
Borlum Farm
“The first night of our new life in Lotte passed reasonably successfully. By that I ...”
15
14
12
Oct
25
Au revoir remorque!
“We've just been to Wales via Belgium. We took a car and trailer-load (with gardening ...”
Sep
Aug
27
12
Change of Life
“August 2010. I'm about to be 50. Dee is 53 and a half. We've been ...”
07
Jul
Jun
Apr
Mar
26
Spring slow
“There's plenty new growth at Abriachan since I was last there. Banks of pink Pulmonaria, ...”
25
Trees for Life
“Today Dee and I had our first experience of volunteer work with Trees for Life. ...”
22
12
05
Feb
18
Germinating Gymnosperms
“With the optimistic enthusiasm of the budding horticulturalist and arboriculturalist in springtime, we are trying ...”
Jan
30
Food of love
“Well I never. Taxonomic nomenclature has, according to my course, three main purposes: 1. To identify 2. ...”
27
2009
Dec
18
10
Abriachan in Winter
“ Cold but clear morning, temperature in Lewiston -1, in Abriachan +4. Don took me on ...”
Nov
Oct
30
27
Tatton Park
“Travelling back from Wales we took advantage of a clear, late autumn afternoon to squeeze ...”
24
Learning and Doing
“Yesterday I started in earnest working on my new educational (ad)venture, the http://www.rhs.org.uk/Courses/Qualifications/RHS-Level-2-Certificate-in-Horticulture. Considering a ...”
23
Returns enhanced
“It's interesting how you can have a bit of technology lurking away in the background ...”
13
03
Gardening with the stars?
“Went to an open afternoon at Poyntzfield Herb Garden on the Black Isle to hear a ...”
Aug
2008
Jun
2005
Aug
Jun
15
Potato fajitas
“I made fajitas tonight with an avocado & black olive salad. As there were some ...”
Mar
30
Baggage
“Yesterday we took a car-load of cast-offs to Oxfam. Today we took a car-load of ...”
Something spicy
“Idlis We have the packet of stuff to make idlis (little fluffy indian dumplings) and now ...”
3 comments
23
Civility
“I am utterly and completely sure that we are both doing what we know to ...”
2 comments
Impending interviews
“Rose rang last night to say she had received the letter from the Palais de ...”
2 comments
18
On a blog
“You said you liked the idea of typing something in and then clicking on 'Publish' ...”
1 comments
Mothers
“Mothers are figuring large in our consciousness at the moment. Mine has magnanimously agreed to ...”
2 comments
17
Work things
“I'm not sure how this will work, because it is clearly important for us to ...”
1 comments
Corn pancake fajitas
“For tea tonight I am planning a variation on the fajitas wraps: Corn pancakes made with ...”
1 comments
16
This is the bluejade blog
“Well it now looks more or less how I intended - quite smart even. But ...”
2 comments