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From 'Songs From the Wood' to 'Stormwatch' - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
wemyss
wemyss
From 'Songs From the Wood' to 'Stormwatch'

Well.  That was a ghastly ten days.  (You may have heard that I have been ill.  But it wasn’t a bullet that laid me to rest / Was the low spark of high-heeled boys.)

 

I’ve brought up enough snot to make three midshipmen.  (Pause whilst Age of Sail fen on the f’list snigger.)

 

And the less said of the weather I chose for it, the better.  You cannot imagine what’s come of the drive between the gate and the house (speaking of, ah, Traffic).  Six tenths of a mile of rut, bog, washout, and lost gravel.  Lord.  And the surround….  And here I had thought that the only major winter project in hand this year was to be the judicious pruning of a low bough of a fruit tree that is, quite frankly, far too near the low stone porch I’m lumbered with.

 

At any rate, I’m slowly re-emerging, and with great gratitude for all the kind wishes you all of you obliged me with whilst I was ill.  I shall, I hope, manage eventually to work back to all the comments, interesting discussions, and birthdays I have missed.  Ad interim, I shall try to write.

 

But first – more stewed oxtail.

 

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velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: January 20th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
you're BACK!

*throws a tea party*
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

More or less, yes.

Darjeeling, please.
velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: January 20th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: More or less, yes.

sry only oolong & earl grey :( :(

but there are these awesome coconut-chocolate macaroons!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oolong, thank you.

And a macaroon, though I really oughtn't to do....
velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: January 20th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oolong, thank you.

of course you ought to; macaroons are the height of wunderbar. really, if you can't have macaroons, we might as well be living under communism.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

No, comrade.

Living under the tyranny of my GP, rather.
velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: January 20th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

da, tovarish.

you're totally right, the tyranny of one's GP is a fascist one.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah.

So you've met the medico in question.
fpb From: fpb Date: January 20th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: More or less, yes.

I'll supply the Darjeeling.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm very much obliged.

If one of the ladies would pour out, please? Splendid.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Scones, hen?

Aye, that wad be graun'.
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fpb From: fpb Date: January 20th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, no, actually, most of the time, most of the country is ABOVE the water.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Only literally.

Metaphorically, well.... I blame Labour.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: January 20th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very glad to hear you're back. Have a celebratory virtual dram of Highland Park 12 y.o., in order to speed the healing process and give you strength to contemplate the drive...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mphm.

Laphroaig, actually. Or Ardbeg.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: January 20th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mphm.

Oh, well, more Highland Park for me!

Dangerous to try to guess, really. ("Waiter, a glass of whatever Mr Wemyss fancies, if you please!"

Edited at 2008-01-20 09:40 pm (UTC)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not really.

I quite like the Orcadian malt. What I happen to have to hand just now are the Islay malts. And I'm not poking my nose out of doors just yet.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: January 20th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not really.

Quite right; look after yourself, won't you?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

I shall be positively valetudinarian.

Lemsip Opik will be my virtual MP.
fpb From: fpb Date: January 20th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You don't fool me. You fell ill at the thought of having me among your f-list.

Seriously, glad to hear you're better. Yes, ghastly weather it's been, hasn't it? And I have been without heating for most of the month - the repairman still won't commit to a definite date to turn my boiler on, even now....
velvet_tipping From: velvet_tipping Date: January 20th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
of course he does! how dare you go around supplying darjeeling. miserable creature.
fpb From: fpb Date: January 21st, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I didn't know it was offensive! I just had some lying around.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

I blame Gordon Brooooooooun. And Dave, of course.

No particular reason, it's simply my default position. Delenda est and All That.

Heating, hah! Draughts mitigated by firewood, my boy. (Vide http://wemyss.livejournal.com/110107.html.)
eagles_rock From: eagles_rock Date: January 20th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good to see you back; do be taking things easy now. And I think the weather vileness of last week is to return tomorrow, so don't be out in it trying to sort things out. That's you told. :-)

Popular beat combos, Wemyss? Blimey. On the back of your ref, I've just spent an hour on YouTube digging out old stuff I've not heard for years. Marvellous.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 20th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dear lady, I shall be as self-indulgent as Horace Slughorn, warm and dry.

And for cause: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/flood/floodwarning/Southwest.html.

Do I take it you were surprised by my unexpected depths? (I suspect that Anderson - who I believe still lives at Minety - is a Wizard, and I'm positive that Steve Winwood is a Weasley connexion.)
eagles_rock From: eagles_rock Date: January 21st, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Feet up on a low-lying hound, I trust.

Of all the chances and choices that occur, living in Herts and at the top of a hill no less, have worked out well and I'm extremely grateful. Not sure I have the required stoicism to deal with repeated flooding.

The mother of a friend lives in Tewkesbury and has retreated into a room above a garage, not having had a bath for six months and dementia settling in; won't kick up a fuss because the insurance people must be ever so busy.

Thinking about it, I can see tweedy gentlemen at a Jethro Tull gig; pipes in hand, saying 'I liked them before they were famous, you know', swapping bootleg copies of Ian Anderson playing the ukelele in 1973; neither he nor Steve Winwood bring out my usual reaction to ageing rockers - Oh Sting, Where is thy Death? But what was it about fish farms? Were they a stone-cold money-maker in the '70's?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: January 23rd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah, yes, the Clumber footrest.

As to fish farms? Yes. Quite lucrative enough to allow Mr Anderson to play the laird then and the squire today.
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