Saturday, April 03, 2021


I felt very odd yesterday – dizzy, and with my sight somewhat occluded, as if I were about to faint. I spent most of the day in bed, and ate little. I surprised myself by how close to “normal” I feel today – I didn’t think I had that much bounce-back-factor left. C. came, and we got once around the garden. 2648 steps – the telefonino is clearly in generous mood.


My tutor didn’t feel well, so we didn’t have an Italian lesson this morning. A great relief.


Helen’s husband David is presumably here, from Thessaloniki. We haven’t seen him for a long time – and I won’t for a while, as he self-isolates with his family. I have read horror stories in the paper recently of six-hour queues for immigration at Heathrow, because of all the Covid paperwork involved, and feared that he would miss the last train. But I had an email last night to say that he was on it, and it seems safe to assume that all is well.


I’ve heard from Jamieson & Smith – my order is on the way. They don’t hang about, up there in Lerwick. I ought to be calculating and charting wee Hamish’s vest, but I haven’t got beyond being glad that “1” takes up less space than any other digit (as in “21” which will appear next to my clumsy rendition of the cup).


I spent some useful time tidying piles of paper-magazines-books on the shelf underneath what might be grandly called the coffee table in the sitting room, in search of the four issues of Knitter’s from 2000 in which Meg elaborates the EPS sweater. I didn’t put them away as I should have, after the successful EPS recently knit. I found them all, and they are now on the shelf where they belong. I haven’t done any actual knitting.


I’ve finished “Wives and Daughters”. It sort of peters out, because Mrs Gaskell died, but not before the happy ending is clearly adumbrated. I do agree with you, Tamar, that such endings are essential, and I also liked your additional remark, that medical mysteries need to be solved. I have tentatively started, for the third or fourth time, reading “The Viceroys” in Italian. That sentence is ambiguous: I’ve never succeeded in finishing it. The idea would be to read a chapter in Italian and then listen to it with Audible, but Audible’s cleverness (see Thursday) makes this difficult. I could listen first and then read, but…

Happy Easter, everybody. We've earned it, I feel.


  1. Happy Easter to you, Jean. "adumbrated' - I had to look that word up. I don't think n
    I've ever seen it. Thanks! We had a conversation this evening on the Agnus Dei. (Listening to Bach started it.) In school I had a nun who insisted that the correct English translation had to be "who take away the sins" Not takes. Any opinion on what this was about? You are the only person I could imagine with that knowledge.

    1. Could I hazard a guess? It might have to do with whether it is the Lamb (singular, second person of the Trinity) takes away....or God (plural, three persons) take away....

      Since the doctrine is that there is only one God I still think the singular “takes” would be called for.

      There’s the Latin as well, “qui tollis peccata mundi”—-isn’t that a second person singular ending?

      Interesting to hear Jean’s opinion.

  2. Into my mind, unbidden, comes the Book of Common Prayer phrasing "that taketh away the sins of the world". I am sure that classicist daughter will correct me if I am wrong!

  3. If Howe Street isn't too much of a trek for you, there's a lovely shop called 'The Eco Larder' which sells fresh fruit and veg (run by a lovely young couple who opened their first shop in Morrison Street 2 years ago). It's the old McAree Brothers shop. Happy Easter to you too.

  4. Now's the time to watch that Wives and Daughters adaptation that you deferred -you won't be disappointed in the ending!
    We very much enjoyed watching "The Messiah" on tv last night, recalling the last time we saw it at Christmas at Snape Maltings - those were the days!
    Might be worth checking in with your GP re feeling faint all day.

  5. =Tamar6:49 PM

    Could be a transient eschemic thing, where for no particular reason a blood vessel clenches briefly. I had something similar a few years ago, never happened again. (knock wood)
    Happy Easter! It's sunny here and a few daffodils survived the wind.

    1. Anonymous6:55 AM

      A transient ischaemic attack is caused normally by a temporary blockage of a blood vessel by a clot. It is potentially serious and always requires an urgent medical check. They are sometimes referred to as a "mini stroke", for good reason. A few fortunate people do only have one and no further issues......

      Other possible causes of weakness/blurry feeling in elderly - dehydration, salt imbalance, low blood pressure, plus others. Jean, I would connsult doctor (they will probably discuss with you over the phone before deciding whether to ask you to travel in to see someone face to face). Most of the things suggested so far are easily fixed (but you need to know what you are trying to fix) but if left unattended can lead to falls which as you know are dangerous in lots of ways. I speak from parental experience!!! Ask Helen or Alexander.

      I am so looking forward to travel being allowed and to visiting Edinburgh again. Enjoy your spring as it unfolds.

  6. A very Happy Easter to You, too!