HB Muriel: Re-Reading The Abbess of Crewe

THE ABBESS OF CREWE It is Muriel Spark’s birthday and I just re-read this so it seems apropos to write about it, too. I just re-read it for the obvious reason that it was inspired by the shenanigans of an impeached president and now we have another impeached ‘president’ who proves just as mendacious and…

That Was the Year That Was

Every year I have to give myself a little shake because undoubtedly, having idled away my holiday break (if it has gone according to plan), I feel as if I have accomplished nothing at all ever, never mind for the whole last year. Some people are putting together ‘end of decade’ lists, too (never mind…

Grissel Jaffray’s Stone

In the Howff this stone has come to be called the headstone of Grissel Jaffray, last witch executed in Dundee. It’s not her headstone, but who am I to mess with tradition? There is of course a formal memorial for her as well. Besides, the cemetery is full of lovely sights. You should probably visit…

Kirriemuir

A little jaunt in the mists and rain: the birthplace of J. M. Barrie and Bon Scott! Lovely drive through the Sidlaws there, too. And WiFi on the bus ūüėČ

Broughty Ferry

A lovely day out now the kids are off school. More Wullies, of course. Windy but beautiful, I think you’ll agree. More photos on FB, if you’re there.

Sunday Sun

These are actually from last week as it’s a bit dreich today. I am planning to catch up on things — many sights to show you from the last few months —¬† but it’s been a bit hectic yet this month. But real summer soon (okay, maybe not the weather — I’m okay with dreich)….

#BurnsNight

I dropped by the Albany statue for Robert Burns to pay my respects on his birthday. My friend Terry tells me after Columbus and Queen Victoria, he’s the figure with the most statues in his honour. He’s a lot more palatable than those two, too. The panels around the sides include a rendition of Tam…

V&A Dundee

It’s true I mostly hibernated over the break — some days I never even left the house — but I did finally make it down to the V&A to experience the much-anticipated glory inside it. The outside, I already knew, was gorgeous. I mean really just lovely. But inside, too, many wonders awaited. Lots more…

Dundee

I realise I have not updated the blog since I got here: there was the flurry of grading and then my birthday and all kinds of weird stuff called¬†relaxing that was happening. So here are some random snapshots of the toon that you may have glimpsed if you follow me on social media: More to…