Friday, May 24, 2019


Sophie slept for much of yesterday.  Apart from an unscheduled and unexpected early morning ' comfort break ' the passage of time has worked wonders. The chicken is behind her and she is as bright as rain again this morning.

Her affable big brother simply cannot imagine that his sister could be so mischievous.

On our morning walk Sophie takes a great interest in a tractor that is spraying a field with weed killer. She is harnessed up and encouraged home.

At a book store in London. The ' book of the week ' is described concisely. Can irony be wry ? 

Have heard great things about this and am looking forward to starting it.

The Chelsea Flower Show now underway. Many of the businesses along the Kings Road decorated with floral displays.

The front of this pub literally covered with fresh blooms ( and bees ) .

Unusual knowledge of the day. Goats :


  1. "Recovered"? Did the princess suffer gastric distress from her alimentary adventure?
    Thank you for the mention of the MacFarlane book. "The Old Ways" has been on my list for eons and when last checked it wasn't available in the US. Now it seems to be, so I have that and its sequel to look forward to.

  2. I absolutely love the delicate phrase 'the chicken is now behind her' :-)

    That pub looks fantastic.

    1. Bees drinking nectar from the flowers was an unusual - and welcome - addition to the urban landscape.

  3. Sophie clearly has a quite exceptional digestive system!
    I am a long time fan of Robert Macfarlane (The Old Ways my favourite so far) and am hugely looking forward to reading Underland. That said, I did laugh out loud , while feeling a bit disloyal, at a parody of his prose that I read in Private Eye on the train home from Wales on Monday.
    Cheers, Gail.

    1. The parody of Nigel Farage was quite possibly even better.

  4. I have read Underland and have been having a conversation with the author on Instagram about my reaction. If you want to read the conversation I'm on Instagram as @occasionalscotland. Possible spoilers! Hope you enjoy the book.

  5. I won't be putting the book of the week on my to read list.

    I love the flowers on the pub.

  6. So glad to hear that Sophie has recovered from her overindulgence !
    The pub does look very inviting, and how nice to see everyone out in their summer clothes.