Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Begging letter

So, where was I? Oh yes, it was 2011 and I sort of didn't blog for a little while.....

Despite several very polite but insistent prods from Isabelle, I just haven't managed to get round to posting for quite some time. There has been stuff going on - Christmas and Hogmanay for example, were rather fun with the new year seen in in style in the village hall near our cottage in the Borders. The fireworks at midnight were provided courtesy of one of the locals who used to be in the Royal Artillery. What they lacked in size compared to the Edinburgh display, they made up for by virtually parting your hair as they whizzed (not very far) overhead.

First Born turned 14 and insists on continuing to grow. He is now almost as tall as I am. This is somewhat disconcerting. It won't be long before I have to stand on a stool to nag him.

We have also just gone through the trial by bureaucracy that is selecting his subject options for S3. Rather fortunately he has been given an exemption from the school's policy that all pupils must take one science but it took a while for us to be told this - a couple of weeks of us encouraging him that studying Biology would be fine and his difficulties with maths would not necessarily prevent him from managing it. He has decided to do Latin instead and we are quite relieved.

What else? Husband and I celebrated our 25th year together by depositing the boys with Granny and Grandad and scampering off to this place for a couple of days. It was blissful. I thoroughly recommend it. Any place that encourages you to check in from the depths of an enormous squashy sofa whilst drinking a welcoming glass of champagne with is fine by me. The weather could have been better but since we spent a frankly ridiculous amount of time on more squashy couches reading, drinking tea and eating smoked salmon sandwiches, we didn't really mind.

There must be more to talk about but I will need to have a think about what that is. In the meantime, despite having sinfully neglected you all for months, I am going to beg a favour. First Born is doing an economics project at school in terms of which he has to pick an economic-y question and then do some original research of his own in trying to answer it. He has decided to look at the impact of e-readers on traditional publishing and his original research is a survey of attitudes to e-readers and here is where you come in, o lovely, intelligent and worthy readers. If you wouldn't mind taking FB's wee survey, he would be very grateful. It is very, very short and should take less than a minute to complete. Click on the wee link to go. And while you are off doing that, I will try to get back into a more bloggy sort of a frame of mind.

Click here to take survey

Thank you!


  1. Did that - interesting questions. I would have added one as follows: "If you are thinking of buying an ereader but haven't, what are your reasons? Too expensive? Too complicated to use? ??"
    Bring on the squashy sofa!

  2. Gosh, you're back?! Most excellent! Okay, I filled out the survey. Cause I have loads of opinions on e-readers :-D

  3. I filled it out too!

    Great to see you writing again and huge congrats on the 25 years... wow :)

  4. Welcome back.

    You've had a busy few months. Your anniversary getaway sounds lovely. Congrats.

  5. I did FB's survey and wavered on whether I prefer paper based books or my kindle. One thing that has me spoiled on the kindle is the ability to increase the size of the print. You might tell him that that is an advantage for those whose eyesight seems to be fading some.

    Glad to see you back. Don't be such a stranger.

  6. Good to see you writing again !! Missed the escapades of your lovely sons :)
    I filled the survey...