Category Archives: Life

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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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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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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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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And be a Farmer’s Boy

My son, The Boy, has  spring and summer employment. A local sheep farmer asked him if he wanted a job. The Boy said that he’d need to ask us first, but that he was certainly interested.  When we asked him … Continue reading

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An End of an Old Song

When the Scots Parliament was suspended in 1707, the Earl of Seaforth said, ‘Now there’s an end of an old song.’  The same can be said today as the last Land Rover Defender rolled of the assembly line. Photographs here: … Continue reading

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Barbour Reproofing and Repairs

The point had come when character had changed to dilapidation.  I am talking about the family Barbour collection. Son has out grown his youth Beaufort, and is moving into the old Border. Daughter, finding the Border a bit restricting, is … Continue reading

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Fall Fair 2015

Fall Fair fell on Friday and Saturday of last week. On Friday, wife and daughter arranged displays and helped the judges in the baking section. On Saturday, I kept an eye on our Ministerial’s table for most of the day … Continue reading

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