Friday, October 12, 2007

We’re going to Glasgow today, to see Alexander and Ketki and their new flat and, in my case at least, to visit K1yarns. I had a stash-enhancing visit to Edinburgh’s own HK Handknit yesterday with my friend Helen, but I will postpone a report of those excitements in favour of getting started on the day. We’re going by bus, travel by which means is free for the elderly in this socialist paradise (=Scotland). Not as good as Ireland, Janet, but a start.

So, no blog tomorrow. And for today, just comments.

The Dark of Summer

Mel, Pamela: If I have persuaded two people to read it, I haven’t lived in vain. No, Pamela, I wouldn’t pay $75 – although I wouldn’t go so far as to say it isn’t worth it. Try Abebooks: it’s there for a fiver. An American fiver.

Fishwife, when I was being gloomy on the telephone to Rachel the other evening about the funeral we will soon go to, she said that she had been to a “good” humanist one recently. I’m sure you’re right, that what matters is a real connection with the deceased and that what is awful is an embarrassed clergyman trying to talk about someone he – or of course she – didn’t know.

Kate, my friend Margot, whose wonderful funeral I went to in Birmingham last summer, was buried in the sort of place you describe as your mother’s resting-place, not a “churchyard” or a “cemetery” at all, but a hill in the country, with views. I had not known of such places. It was good.

The other Kate: I agree with you, I’m afraid, about not caring much for “Lace Style”. I’m a great admirer of Pam Allen, and of “Scarf Style”, so it was a disappointment. I’m glad to hear you got out to a movie without the enchanting Tilly. In the twinkling of an eye, she’ll be going to movies without you.

We got an LCD television – I can just about handle that question. “Plasma” screens seemed to be for the biggies. But I don’t know what you mean by a “bent screen”. Our present, second millennium, one is sort of square.

Janet, at the risk of sounding priggish, part of my routine when I’m F’ing an O is to gather up the notes and envelope-backs and pattern-leaflet if there is one, and add some scraps of yarn from the pile on the floor where I’ve been doing the finishing, and put it all in a folder. With date, and (ideally) finished dimensions. I used to add a photograph later, but that practice has sort of slipped in the digital age.

When the folder gets too full, every decade or so, I move the contents to a box file and start again.

I keep being surprised at how often I look back at these records, despite digitalisation.


  1. Well, I went ahead and sprang for a slightly pricier copy that's from a seller here in-state. I could even arrange to pick it up, I suppose, but it would be out of my way and me with no free time of late or in the foreseeable future.

    We're trying not to think about the impending transition here to digital broadcast signals and will likely soldier on with our 2nd millennium telly for as long as possible. We only use it to watch videos, anyway, so there's no strong impetus to upgrade.

  2. Oh, and I absolutely agree on Abebooks. I use them quite a lot and have been quite pleased.

  3. I'm in search of Dark of Summer via the library, then it's off to ABE. You have introduced me to several writers, Margery Allingham springs to mind at the moment. So thanks for sharing your library in several ways.

  4. Anonymous8:15 PM

    Thanks, Jean. I have ordered from Abebooks.

  5. "bent screen" = 20 century TV! The screen is usually conex, hence 'bent' in comparison to the flatscreen TVs. I think we'll stick to this one until Tilly is old enough to start whinging to watch the Wiggles and then we'll give it away (evil snicker).

  6. Anonymous2:31 PM

    We usually get technology updating instructions when one of the sons comes to visit - last Christmas it was the perfectly good small TV that got relegated to another room in favour of a new, big, flat screen model. I must say, it was a change for the better.