Monday, January 14, 2019

I’m sorry for yesterday’s absence. I’m not very sprightly, just now.

Judy has provided the definitive link to the solution of the turnip-swede-rutabaga question. In which it appears that rutabagas are swedes, just as you say, Mary Lou. I am sustaining myself these days with a succession of delicious home-made vegetable soups. Perhaps I will include a swede in the next one.

I’ve done some knitting, while watching endless television discussions of our political crisis. For once in a millennium, one might wish for a written constitution. Be that as it may, I have finished four pattern repeats on the Stronachlachar, equalling 14 inches. The target is 16, for the underarm, where some interesting shaping begins.


Here’s a gloomy little item, of dubious relevance.

There was a story in the paper last week about a very distinguished BBC reporter, Martin Bell, who tripped over a suitcase not long ago in the Gatwick railway station as he was returning home from a cruise, and landed on his face and actually broke his skull. He is now retired, but appreciably  younger than I am. The NHS has patched him together very nicely indeed.

That might have been me, in Reggio Calabria. I suppose the difference is that Martin Bell, with the suitcase in front of him, had nowhere to go except onto his face. Whereas I just tripped over some unevenness in the pavement, with unobstructed space in front, and was able to make a three-point landing (face, left forearm, left knee).

Still, it shows why it’s a good idea to take out travel insurance.


  1. If you plan on a swede for your soup, make sure Archie is around to cut it! I was ready to resort to a hatchet last time I did it! I do hope your sprightliness returns!

    1. Anonymous4:44 PM

      I once had to take a quick trip to the ER after cutting a finger while trying to chop a rutabaga. All's well that ended well, but now I look to buy the smallest rutabagas possible, to save some effort in chopping. Or just use turnips, which are typically smaller and more biddable.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  2. My mother was very fond of serving carrot and turnip ie swede cooked together and mashed with a little butter and some nutmeg. It is very tasty.

  3. =Tamar3:58 PM

    Wow. Travel insurance is vital; check the details when shopping for it, to be sure that it covers transportation and everything. Some is better than others. Also, if injured, write down every detail as soon as possible; small details can be very important to coverage.

  4. Thanks to Judy and Jean for that link!

  5. Anonymous10:11 PM

    Hope you are ok.

    Beverly in NJ

  6. Hope all's well - inspired by all levels of progress!

  7. Anonymous11:50 AM

    Do drop in and tell us what is happening.... whatever it is I am thinking of you & sending prayers heaven-ward. pgniyyer

  8. You are so right about travel insurance! Had this happened to you in the US, I shudder to think how much that could cost you! Shame on us.

  9. Sorry - posted my previous response to the wrong blogpost! Catching up on my favorite blog all in one sitting:)