The Year of Words: Day 332 - A very Scottish day.

Two splendid offerings in my view today. Circumjacent sounds as modern as a coat of fresh paint but has been knocking around since the 1500s. I'm certainly going to be employing it in a suitable conversation over the next day or so.

As to wrinching, I thought this was particularly appropriate given its Barbadian origin.. As you will be aware this is the first day of Barbados being a republic so to mark that please do wrinch someone as soon as is practicable possible,

There must have been something in the air over the past 24 hours as I've heard from several old friends. (Perhaps that should be friends I have known for some time).

If you're reading this Caroline, Alan, Helen (Zoobie) or Sue I'm replying to you all I promise. I'm just trying to get clear of work and do the daily chores before setting down to reply properly.

Speaking of old friends we had a quiet (not) secluded table for eight in a Greek restaurant that's known for serving generous portions. It was great to see Keith, ,meet Anthony and catch up with the Thelma and Louise of Wroughton circa 1982.

A very good time was had by all and as expected the food was expansive. I don't know how the place makes a profit.

The Kings Singers

Unfortunately, Taz's injury meant it wasn't possible for us to attend a concert in London this evening. He couldn't come with us and the journey there and back made a dog-sitter request inappropriate. So the Kings Singers will be two short at St Martin;s in the Field this evening for their Christmas concert. :Luckily, I explained the situation and we have been given access to their online Christmas concert instead which is the recording of tonight's concert. So we're going to watch it on the run up to Christmas at the acreage with mince pies and mulled cider. As an aside, the Kings Singers have around thirty tour dates around the world. Surprisingly, only two of them are in the United Kingdom. [Looks hard over half moon glasses]

For the many of you who have been asking about the canine patient, you will notice that AlcaTaz is empty.

We're still enforcing rest and walks in the garden are limited and on the lead,

However, in the evening, we release the Wanborough one so he can spend the evening with us in the room.

There are no callers at that time of day and he's very happy to curl up next to one of us and enjoy a couple of hours out of solitary. Thankfully the locum vet will be checking progress via x-ray on 23rd December. Hopefully we're on the downward slope to recovery.

As you can see, Taz is now on four feet and weight bearing on the repaired knee. I managed to get a shot of him walking still with a very waggy tail. A very resilient character.

I'm stretching it a bit to say Taz is the first of the Scottish connections, although the breed did originate in the English/Scottish borders.

Taz (who my mother in law once described as a living advert for dog shampoo) is actually a New Zealand strain having that fluffy full coat. So I'll only claim him as half a connection for today's purposes.

Regular readers of the blog will know I changed jobs recently and started work with a specialist consultancy last August. They have a deserved reputation for looking after their staff and promoting a good work life balance.

It was one of my work colleague's Christmas events that brought the first Scottish note in today's post.

Six generous double whisky samples

This morning's post contained three boxes each with six generous double whiskies. In a couple of weeks time we have a guided virtual whisky tasting with a choice from each of the six whisky producing regions of Scotland; Yes, before you ask that does include Cambletown. Not quite sure what to expect but I'm looking forward to sharing the evening with Vaughan and Mike Durston. We've also got John, Gary and Emma joining remotely so it could be a take over of the event. I'll let you know how things go on the night.

The most obvious Scottish component today was the local church. It's about three minutes walk from me and was proudly flying the Scottish Saltire to celebrate St Andrew's day.

It may seem odd and I'm not sure how many Scots churches would reciprocate on 23rd April, but it is St Andrew's church and it's been flown every year for as long as I can remember. A lovely sight each November meaning Saturnalia is just around the corner. To all my Scottish friends latha naomh Anndra sona dhuibh.


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