Saturday, August 17, 2019

Nothing to report, except that I’m going back to Kirkmichael tomorrow – with the cats, and with Helen and her family – and won’t be back until the beginning of September or thereabouts. Helen seems confident, but I don’t think we’ll all fit in the car. I will take the Calcutta Cup scarf again, and am determined to finish it before I come back.

We went to see Austentatious today, my one nod to this year’s Festival. They improvise comedy of a vaguely Jane Austen-ish sort. I think I would have enjoyed it more in a smaller theatre, where we might all have felt part of the improvisation. They were good, though.

I’ve been fermenting a chilli mash again, meaning to make “my” chilli sauce to take some to Kirkmichael for James’ and Cathy’s daughter Rachel, who was kind enough to praise it recently. It is the Jamie Oliver recipe from YouTube, chillies omitted and the whole infused with fermented chilli mash at the end, to taste. But I am too tired. Maybe tomorrow morning, before we go. I’ve made some more kimchi recently, but am not making much progress with eating it.

I can’t now fall into bed, as I would choose, because I am committed to a grocery delivery at least an hour hence.

Reading: I’ve re-read enough Jackson Brodie, and have reverted to “The Last September”. I started again from the beginning, because I find the names as confusing as a Russian novel. “Francie”, for instance, is “Mrs Montmorency” on another page, and there are many others similar. It’s all right for the first chapter or two, with about half a dozen significant characters, but then we have a tennis party.

Thank you and bless you,  for your comments. See you in September.


  1. Have a wonderful time, Jean! We'll be here when you get back to hear all about it.

  2. Have a lovely time! See you in September!!

  3. Have a lovely time away, Jean. I loved this: "I find the names as confusing as a Russian novel" You're funny, Jean.

  4. What a lovely way to see in September. Just relax and let Helen and her bunch take care of everything. We will miss you!

  5. have a wonderful time ... hopefully you will be able to sit and knit and let the younger members of the family do all the chores and cooking... take lots of naps and walks... perhaps you can go to an internet cafe and post one update? if not, looking forward to newsy post in September!

  6. As the song goes, "See You In September!" Hope you have a lovely time with loved ones and good weather:)!