Arthritic Sloth

“Move slowly and not often” is our cat’s recipe for longevity and looking young. I should be used to unusual presents by now. In the past I’ve got a wheel barrow, a strimmer, work bench… For my birthday this year I got a moisture metre for wood – very useful, to test if a piece […]

Her Mistress’ Voice

‘I worry about everything nowadays, I have become a worrier’, I said. ‘More like a battle axe’ I heard the Number One daughter mumble… – Your dog has beautiful coat. – Yes, but it has too much dog in it. Having acquired a trumpet sort of thing, or a French Horn actually, I was wondering […]

Goat of Many Colours

Some music reminds me of the misspent youth in night clubs I never had. Spring Fling time soon.  The SF team is coming up with the goods again, the right stuff, on time.  Deliveries, collections, everything is running smoothly as far as I’m concerned.  The problem is the artist, again.  Am I making the right […]

Hogmanay Humbug

Stupidity doesn’t grow in trees. You usually manage doing it yourself. I do like to party but it has been a struggle recently, to make the effort to go out.  I blame the weather.  Rain rain, more rain and wind.  How tempting it is to stay beside the stove oozing heat, curtains closed, soothing music […]

Glam from Grotty

It is possible to make a silk purse out of sow’s ear. See above… well. I was lucky for once to win something good in a raffle.  It was a photo session with local photographer Alec Blackadder. Surely, out of the dozens of shots he took there would be one where I wouldn’t look like […]


The Bride looked stunning and the Mother of the Bride felt like million Dollars. What will the photos show..? I have been told the wedding was a great success, everybody enjoyed it very much. It took months to plan and I have to admit the bride’s attention to detail paid off. The weather held long […]

Holidays Rock

For sale – sunglasses, T-shirts, shorts, sun tan lotion, a parasol. All new, unused. Will accept thermals wellies and raincoat in exchange. We have had our ‘summer’ holiday. Two nights on Skye and overnight in Glenelg. It was a lucky break, we had sunshine, excellent B&B Peinmore, and Glenelg Inn is a wee gem. The […]

Spring Fling

-Look, I revived your orchid. -Thanks. I have another one in the bathroom needing TLC. -I don’t do Lazarus. I have been gardening again. In 2005 we redesigned our garden because the ceramics started taking most of my day. Next easier would have been the Blue Circle garden. In the process I lost all my […]


I have started practicing smiling. Normally I can smile ok but point a camera at me and the face goes into grimace mode and I look like Frankenstein’s mother. I’m much happier on the other side of the shutter. The reason for wanting to be photogenic is that Number One Daughter is getting married and […]


Glass is always cleaner on the other side. If you stand outside. My New Year’s resolution – made in July – is to listen more carefully what people say, remember what they look like, what their name is. The other day I got a phone call from a man stating his name and said we […]