Monday, July 24, 2017

Here we are again – late, tired, little to say. I’ll have to try to write to you earlier in the day, tomorrow.

I did a good hour’s paper-sorting this morning, but the dining room table looks almost as cluttered as before. An email from the lawyer dealing with the executry has set me a task which will occupy the rest of the week.

Archie (and a friend) came to lunch again. Alexander pointed out, when last here, that I can take in the Edinburgh Festival this year. So I can, if strong enough. Archie and I are going to see Ionescu’s “Rhinoceros” and Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” in mid-August. (How does that compare with Richard Burton and Claire Bloom in “Hamlet” and the world premiere of T.S.Eliot’s “Confidential Clerk” in 1953? Don’t answer.) Archie dealt with the EIF website today, which is not entirely easy to navigate.

I’m a bit forrad’er with the second sleeve of the Pollywog, and delighted with how it’s looking. I can always take it along to Strathardle and post it from the village.

Shall I record the princes’ reminiscences of their mother this evening? One of the minor regrets of my life is that we didn’t buy a “red-top” newspaper that Sunday morning 20 years ago. We knew what had happened, as we walked up Broughton Street to the Cathedral for Mass. The Sunday papers didn’t. But she featured in them, as usual. I half-remember the headlines.


  1. Anonymous8:35 PM

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  2. Oh - and there is the book festival too - surely you could be tempted by something happening there in August? It's one of my favourite things about August in Edinburgh

  3. Anonymous11:28 PM

    Really glad Archie is making time to spend with you this summer.
    Your social schedule sounds very good!

  4. Wow, “Krapp’s Last Tape” takes me back. I saw it done by the Deep River, Ontario amateur dramatic society in about 1973. Spoooon!

  5. Anonymous11:51 AM

    I've always thought of having a large family as like having money in the bank -- the Interest deriving from it much more valuable than money, of course. As someone from a small one, from circumstances, not desire, I have always envied that. I'm so glad you have Archie close at hand as well as all the others. Chloe

  6. Ionesco and Beckett all in one festival - Richard Burton and Claire Bloom in Hamlet - what a memory. Happy that Archie is around to visit and help out. And eat, of course! Oddly enough, a friend just sent me information about YNAB today. I have no idea about it at all, but people seem to love it.

  7. Are you a Wagner fan? If so I can recommend Walkuere. Obviously Terfel is grand but Christine Goerke is not to be missed as Brunhilde. Absolutely smashing and really one of the best singing it threes days.