April 2020 This spring my camellia has had so many flowers it didn’t know where to push out the next bud.  You should see the azalea too! The Victoria plum tree finally got planted. I can see wee plumettes forming. The upside to this evil virus situation is that the garden looks very good. With […]

Now Wash Your Hands

March 2020 Time to panic again. I’ll be taking part in Spring Fling this year. That is, if it goes ahead. We are all trapped in the worldwide virus threat. Living in rural Dumfries and Galloway is like a lovely bubble where the ills of the rest of the world are far away, they are […]

Wasp Up With You?

Get someone else to do your dirty work.  While I was tidying the wood shed I discovered a large wasp nest on a piece of wood. Being a do-it-all-yourself and having done it before, albeit them being smaller nests, I thought this is no problem. Got the plastic bag over the nest and started cutting […]

The Hail Lot

17.6.19 Well, that was a Monday and a half! Week ago the Monday started pleasantly enough with sunshine and light breeze. A friend visited and we had lunch on the terrace, it was lovely, just warm enough. Then the breeze got up and we came in. Is that rain? Yes, let’s put the cover back […]

Attached to my Retinas

  New Year’s Eve 2018, 5.45pm Some thoughts occurring while waiting  for the time to get dressed in the finery. Skimpies really, which is why I’m putting it off in case I catch a cold while waiting for cousin Pam to pick me up at 6.45pm. One aspect still remains to be seen – will the […]

Classified Adverts

We have had a proper summer this year. I hope I’ll remember this when in November the wind is howling and the rain comes sideways. Pity we don’t have a means of storing the happiness producing warmth and light for winter. I had a holiday. No 1 daughter and family came too. We went to […]

Child Safety

Grandson (3½) is a great wee lad. He is a sponge for information and observations. He repeats new words to get them just right. I am trying to feed his imagination with sometimes abstract ideas. He is of course already very clever anyway. At home he has a room full of toys but when he […]

Faffer of the Year

Feb ’17 Here we are, another year gone. Last year I got a Faffer of the Year award. I have become an expert in procrastination. Now I keep panicking about the Spring Fling. I don’t seem to have made a lot and yet there are quite a few works ready. I am still waiting for […]

Fred McAuley / Katie Ma’ Collie

The other night I had the pleasure of meeting Fred McAuley, again, at the Catstrand in New Galloway. I had heard him in Radio Scotland but never before as a stand up comedian, which he has been doing for 28 years apparently. Shame on me. It was a hilarious two hours. I hardly ever laugh […]