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Hot and happy

July 9, 2013

I’ve just realised that the title of this post could sound like a come-on on a dodgy dating site. Erm, if I lured you here under false pretences, sorry to disappoint…

Lovely weather we’re having, Vicar., 9.7.13-1


Yes, it is hot. By Scottish standards, it is sweltering. And oh, what bliss it is, to have a summer worthy of the name at long last! Breakfast outside, every lunch a picnic on the grass, dogs panting in the shade. The boys are lured away from computer games to spend the long days doing the sort of things that small boys have always done in the sunshine: building dens, playing ball games, scribbling giant noughts-and-crosses (and cheeky messages) in chalk on the concrete by the back door, and begging ice lollies from their mum. It is beginning to remind me of the hot summers of my own childhood in the Seventies.

To crown our happiness, our Perthshire hero, Andy Murray, has won Wimbledon. I was wondering: given that most of the population of Scotland probably leapt roaring to our feet at exactly the same moment at the end of the match, will a butterfly soon be blown off course in China?

Anyhoo, the sunshine is one reason that Dancing Beastie has been languishing for a while (hot weather does not agree with griffins, it seems). We are also trying to update our antediluvian internet connection, which inevitably means that it has got worse before it gets better: it is a rare treat to be able to access the interweb at all at the moment. And finally, the summer holidays are here and so are my children. I know you’ll understand.


The peculiarities of living in a semi-public place continue irrespective of school holidays. No sunbathing in the altogether for me: at any moment a couple of cyclists might appear to have a good gawp at the castle, or a harassed mother-of-the-bride drive up unannounced, seeking reassurance about the organisation of her daughter’s forthcoming big day. A couple of weeks ago, we found our diplomatic skills tested by half a dozen strangers strolling across our front lawn and settling down for a picnic on our children’s sandpit, while we simultaneously tried to host forty people here for the day on a religious retreat. There’s aye summat.

At the moment, however, the children come first. My elder son is home from boarding school for eight whole weeks, and we mean to make the most of them. And so, while my husband is busy organising a wedding here this week, I am sweeping the boys off to Argyll for a few days of beaches and railway journeys with cousins. Hope you are enjoying the summer too. Happy days., 9.7.13-2


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18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2013 1:25 am

    some of us in the US were jumping up along with you! well played Andy! and bravo to Lendl too for his coaching – such a dramatic change in Andy over the last year!

  2. boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
    July 9, 2013 4:51 am

    Happy news about Andy Murray. how does “most of Scotland” feel about the rest of the UK claiming him too?

    • July 15, 2013 11:10 pm

      Oh I think most of us are quite happy with that: after all, he played for Britain at the London Olympics. Just as long as they don’t start calling him English. 🙂

  3. Toffeeapple permalink
    July 9, 2013 9:56 am

    Argyll! I wish I could go back; do try to explore ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’ it is stunningly beautiful. Enjoy your holidays!

  4. July 9, 2013 2:23 pm

    I think I heard the shouts at the end of that match. His coach actually smiled.
    That’s the perfect summer picture at the top. (Is there anything better than climbing trees? Oh lovely big fern on the right there)
    Had to giggle at the images of unexpected visitors – you must be an angel with diplomatic skills. (In the kid’s play spot? Honestly, the nerve)
    Enjoy the summer. I love this line “And oh, what bliss it is, to have a summer worthy of the name at long last!”

    • July 15, 2013 11:12 pm

      Lendl smiles! Astonishing! 😀
      Thank you for the compliments. I am the most UN-angelic of chatelaines, but I keep trying my best…

  5. July 9, 2013 4:57 pm

    I can’t remember the last time a summer was called ‘sweltering’! Our lawn, for the last two years a boggy mess, is now parched. I’m glad you’re enjoying the sunshine – perhaps a water cannon might deal with the picnickers and the garden watering requirements at the same time?!
    We were overjoyed at Murray’s win too, though we heard it rather than saw it – we were at a show, listening to it on a radio. I think that Chinese butterfly had better take cover! I’m envious of your forthcoming trip to Argyll – nowhere better to be in fine weather. Have fun! 🙂

    • July 15, 2013 11:15 pm

      Hah, we had a great laugh over your idea of a water cannon! Thanks for that.
      Argyll was breathtaking under the summer sun. What a wonderful part of the world it is.

  6. hmunro permalink
    July 9, 2013 6:26 pm

    “Lovely weather we’re having, Vicar.” *SNORT!* May you continue to be hot, happy, and unmolested by uncouth intruders. Have a lovely time in Argyll!

  7. July 9, 2013 9:40 pm

    Enjoy your summer sunshine with your boys, DB. Blogs can wait for the bad weather. 🙂 I feel so sorry for my grandsons still sweltering at school during this super weather. What’s the betting it will break up before they do? Sigh….

    • July 15, 2013 11:17 pm

      Ah, hello, Vicar! 😉
      Thank you for the good wishes. I am very pleased for your grandsons that the weather is holding: looks like all British schoolchildren are going to have a memorable summer. They are certainly due one!

  8. July 10, 2013 9:18 am

    Yes, here in Glasgow the weather has been sweltering! But do you know what? The roses in my garden are absolute perfection! First time ever, i.e. they are not bashed by the rain!

    • July 15, 2013 11:19 pm

      How wonderful that your roses are doing so well. My English mother, who has lived in the west of Scotland for much of her married life, has always lamented being unable to grow good roses there. But yes, this summer, everyone’s roses are looking spectacular.

  9. /anne... in chilly Tecoma permalink
    July 15, 2013 6:32 am

    I do believe that is why they invented sprinkler systems 🙂 (for the uninvited guests).

    • July 15, 2013 11:21 pm

      Thanks for the giggle! Mind you, with the continuing hot weather, a sprinkler would probably be an added attraction. My younger son spent the morning ambushing us with a water pistol today, and it was very refreshing!

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