1 EAGLETON NOTES: I'm Still Here

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

I'm Still Here

It's been a very busy Christmas and New Year with a friend staying and and my visits to Blogland have been fewer than I would have wished. I have been moved by the emails asking if I am okay. I am. I'd love to say that my posts will be more frequent during January and I hope they will be but after another visitor (hopefully arriving before the Big Storm arrives this evening) leaves I shall be off to the Mainland for most of the rest of the month. I am hoping to catch up with one of The Girls from Napier with whom I usually travel New Zealand playing croquet.

A number of my presents were red liquid from the fun to the very serious:




This one came in very handy when I had some small visitors (and, of course, Mum and Dad and the rest of the adults joined in).


And a very dear friend mocked my attitude to Christmas with this gift:


I wish for you all a splendid 2015.

24 comments:

  1. Welcome back... Sorry you are missing the hot days here, but glad you have plenty of visitors, and suitable entertainment...i.e.wine

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    1. Thanks Fi. Just had a night of hurricane force winds. I would love to be in New Zealand just now.

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  2. Hahaha! The 'bah humbug' gift is just perfect. And I love that first bottle of red!

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    1. Yes, sans serif, I thought so too. The label certainly is different.

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  3. That island of yours seems more and more like a trampolin to me (people, including yourself, constantly landing there and taking off again). - You should write your address on those little paper planes and send them off in a storm and see if they come back too!

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    1. Monica anything I'd have let loose in the wind yesterday evening would be over on the mainland by now. There was a time when many people rarely left the Island except to go away as youngsters to work and come back to retire. That has all changed.

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  4. Until I read this post I had no idea that you are a wino. But now it all falls into place. As NZ produces some of the best wines in the world, I can see what drew you there. And you also like Glasgow which is so famous for its winos.Happy New Year!

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    1. YP, he puts me in the shade. He cooked a good supper for me and I provided the wine. It was the very best the CO-OP in Stornoway had. It went down a treat all three or four bottles. Graham helped me sample them.

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    2. Well that proves it. Two winos slurring the night away together. It is a wonder that the burghers of Lewis didn't descend on Chez Graham with burning torches chanting their temperance messages.

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    3. YP New Zealand wine certainly does have its attractions. That's not quite how I remember it Adrian but then there might be a good reason for my lack of memory. As for the good burghers of Lewis YP they would leave us alone because they wouldn't realise that I also have a good supply of malt whisky (even though I don't drink it) with which to slake their thirst.

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  5. It is always nice to see a post come through stating that the blogger is Still Here ~ in a literal and virtual sense. Happy New Year to you too GB.

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    1. Thanks Carol. Whilst I have ideas and a camera and what passes for a mind I shall be Still Here.

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  6. Happy New Year from Loch Creran. That doesn't look right. I'm wending my way to Oban from Fort William and am just east of the new bridge. I will be for a few days it's nice here.

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    1. I hope, Adrian, that after last night you still think it's nice there.

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  7. Lovely to have you back, Graham. I've missed you!

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    1. Aw shucks, Frances, you say the nicest things.

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  8. You're still here? Delighted to hear it! Hope you had a great Christmas! xoxo DeeDee

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    1. Thanks DeeDee I had a most enjoyable Christmas.

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  9. Is that a packet of seeds that say "Humbugs"? If so, I would love to have that. Someone gave you that because of the name, I know, but wow, those flowers...I love them!

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    1. Kay humbugs are a striped boiled sweet made of sugar and condensed milk (do you call them sweets or sweeties in the US? I get confused because they are called lollies in New Zealand) - in this case mint humbugs. These particular ones are made for and sold by Dobbies which is a Scottish Garden Centre chain. That's why they have flowers on the box. The flowers are Sweet Peas which are beautifully scented.

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  10. I wasn't worried about you, Graham; I just thought that you are a) busy with your offline life and b) your internet connection prevents you from having much joy with blogging.
    Mmmm, porto!! It's been a while since I last had some of that. I'm not a wine person, but porto is different! At the company where I used to work until 2010, we had a delivery guy who sort of fancied me. He was Portoguese and when he returned from his summer holiday in Portugal, he brought me a bottle of porto. I wonder what became of him and who gets his porto bottles now.

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    1. Yes Meike I have a fondness for port or porto especially with cheese. Perhaps your delivery guy has pined away and no one gets his bottles now.

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  11. Red liquid in abundance during the season....hmmmm..... no wonder you were missing in action there for a while.
    I'm glad to see you back...I do miss reading your posts.

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  12. Lovely presents! and glad you are OK. I haven't been much in blogland myself recently, also very busy, but I am trying to keep a foothold! Happy new year.

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