Monday, November 18, 2019

Poor Prince Andrew continues at or near the top of the news. There seems to be an idea that he should go to the US and give evidence to somebody or other about Epstein’s misdeeds. Maybe we could swap him for Mrs Sakoolas.

The Times – and probably a lot of other newspapers – share my idea that it would be interesting to talk to Ghislane Maxwell. Her testimony might be a good deal more interesting than Prince Andrew’s, judging from that interview. She seems to have vanished off the face of the earth.

Meanwhile I finally found a button to click on which gave me access to Series Three of the Crown. I’m not going to weary you week after week with inconsistencies and improbabilities – I’m not clever enough – but I was left breathless at the scene in the first episode in which the Queen and Prince Philip were represented as pig ignorant about their own pictures. “That’s a Rembrandt, is it?”

I am sure she was well educated in family history, including the formation of the Royal Collection. And I’m also pretty sure that she takes a housewifely interest in her furnishings, even though she didn’t choose them herself at Ikea. I don’t suppose she’s an expert in art history, but I suspect she can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zophanys. (That’s Gilbert and Sullivan.) Heaven Snake! as our family saying has it.

Not much else to report. All this idling about achieved another 10 stitches for the Dathan hap. Perdita has suddenly developed a fondness for my lap, which slows things down.

I’m finding my current Trollope, “The Bertrams”, a bit of a struggle.

Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday, and I’m finding it rather depressing. He didn’t always remember mine, but he set great store by his own and his sister’s. I suspect it’s the seasonal darkness which is weighing on my spirits.


  1. Anonymous9:06 PM

    i hope that you have some cheerful colour stripes lined up for tomorrow's knitting of the Dathan hap.


  2. Swap Prince Andrew for Mrs Sakoolas! What a splendid idea! Thank you for that bon mot.
    I have been crocheting granny squares (off and on) in a yarn which changes colour all the time, adriafil knitcol. The different colours are very cheering - in the end I bought a ball of each colour because I couldn't make up my mind.
    What comes next after Barchester Towers and The Warden - do you know off-hand?

  3. Anonymous11:17 AM

    Back in her Annis Horribilis speech (the only time I have heard her speak outside her Parliamentarian role) it struck me that the Queen showed she was much more aware of the world around her (including her Rembrandts) than she is given credit for. But apparently that doesn't make for very interesting drama (or subject for gossip for that matter). I haven't seen The Crown yet but will look at it with a sharper eye when I do. Chloe

  4. Anonymous11:31 AM

    I see there is a striped mitts kit from Blue Sky which matches those striped hats we enjoyed so much a couple of winters go......

  5. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Swap Prince A for Mrs. Sakoolas? Gladly.
    -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

  6. =Tamar4:03 PM

    Seasonal darkness possibly, but I find most anniversaries somewhat lowering these days.

    Lapcats are worth the minor annoyances.

    Swapping annoying and embarrassing people may sound like a good idea, but how is Mrs. S at waving to crowds and cutting ribbons at grand openings?

  7. Quasi binged watched on Monday night. The episode on the collapse of the mine in Wales was just heartbreaking. Those poor families!
    The relationship between Elizabeth and Phillip seems a bit kinder and gentler.