Author Archives: Tweed and Briar

About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.

All the Green Wellies are over the Border.

Or, to be more exact, they are over the Channel.  The original Green Wellies were made by Hunter near Dumfries.  Unfortunately, the company had financial difficulties in 2006 and was restructured in 2008 as a manufacturer of fashion accessories for … Continue reading

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A Brace of Pheasants

We have stopped eating out on special occasions. Instead, we buy out-of-our-usual ingredients and cook something different. For the Boy’s birthday, he and I went to a local game farm and bought two pheasants of about 2.75 lbs each. I … Continue reading

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Absent Friends

This past year, I have lost the two old friends who introduced me to shooting sports, pastimes in which my father had no particular interest. The first was Paul who took me small-bore target shooting was I was about twelve. Paul … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day 2016

  Uncle Bobby was a member of the family when I was growing up. Yet, although often spoken of, no one I knew had met him. He was my Mother’s uncle, my Grandmother’s brother-in-law, but he was dead before Granny … Continue reading

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Fall Fair 2016

The Agricultural Society’s Fall Fair has come and gone.  This year, we put entries in some sections which we had not considered previously: pies. Out of eight entries, Wife got five firsts and three thirds. One third prize was for … Continue reading

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Stanley Vacuum Bottle: Customer Service Success

Experience indicates that the length of the warranty is about the same as the useful lifespan of the product. A lifetime warranty is usually, therefore, a sign that your purchase is going to last the distance. That said, there are exceptions. … Continue reading

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Meadow Birds

We have moved house within the same town. Our new house is on the northern edge over-looking farmland. This has given us new birds to see from our north and east facing windows. The first new bird for us to … Continue reading

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Midwestern Agri Fair 2016

For the second year running, the Ministerial Association has taken a booth at Agri Fair. Last year, we had a complimentary table in an out of the way corner. This year, we paid up and received a table in among … Continue reading

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I Was A Le Creuset Guinea Pig

Back in the 1980s, I made my first Le Creuset purchase: a 22 cm, 3-in-1 Multipan or Marmitout in Flame Orange. It was the very thing for a young bachelor living away from home. The set had an enamelled cast iron pot the lid … Continue reading

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