Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vowel Mix-up

Up on North Hill my grand-daughter texted? her brother – not with us alas, as he is at Uni.

‘Tell him to keep off cannabis – that skank really messes with your mind.’ I suggested helpfully.

Hilarity all round. Apparently I meant skunk and the other word is one grand mothers shouldn’t use.


The sun came out – a little shyly – but welcome nevertheless, and we could see snow patches on the distant hills and pretend we were in Scotland. We checked on the site of my final resting place – I wanted to be sure they got the correct cleft and it’s not too far from the car park. Back to pick up MTL and we repaired to the Inn at Porlock where we had a lovely chat about our favourite places. Australia came high in the polls and also Florida. They love the people and the wildlife and my son says he feels very young there and his wife feels very slim.


We also discussed the generation gap with regard to attitudes to political correctness and gaffes one can make unthinkingly and how these are judged much more harshly by the young. Then back to a delicious cold lunch prepared by MTL. The young prepared supper with three different types of sausage – venison, pork and apple and pork and leeks, with mash and peas and a great chutney. Only I had room for tarte au citron – but I’m walking again tomorrow.


I’m delighted English Lit is my grand-daughter‘s favourite subject and is just working on Arthur Miller’s ‘View from the Bridge’ and reading Fitzgerald’s ’Tender is the Night.’ for pleasure. I proudly showed her my screen saver photo of Scott and Zelda.

14 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

Do let me know next time you're planing a trip to real Scotland :)

rosneath said...

and me!

PI said...

Kim: we'll be up next week:)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I love all the things you all do together...It says so much about what a close and loving family you are...

BTW: Try looking at my post with INTERNET EXPLORER....Judy was having the same problem you are because of Firefox...She switched to IE and EVERRYTHING looked perfect!
It looks perfect for me, too, when I look at it, the way everyone else would look at it---And I was very pleased it ALL looked terrific...If you get a chance, give that a try, my dear

scarlet-blue said...

I'm still doing the washing and ironing...
Sx

john.g. said...

Lovely post, Mum2!

PI said...

Belleek: sadly there is very little likeleyhood of our venturing further than the next county at present.

Haomi: I shall do that as soon as possible.
The videos were great- oh that horn!

Scarlet: but we do it so well!

John.g: thank you honey!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I just read your Comment on Randalls Blog....It broke my heart, dear Pat. I don't think I would be able to forgive Britain or anyonr else if this is how I was treated.
I have always been very moved by those people who were in the Concentration Camps and the Internment Camps whp COULD forgive. Forget? No. But that they could forgive....Well, I KNOW, that would not be me.

R. Sherman said...

Best to leave youthful slang to the youthful, eh?

As for the harsh judging of the young, only age allows one to reflect on one's own need for forgiveness. As result, we tend to become more merciful toward others.

Cheers.

Guyana-Gyal said...

That skunk word wasn't intentional, was it, Pat? Just teasing, just teasing :-)

Ah, Australia, that place stole my heart. It's so clean. Tranquil. Some of the men can be quite sweet too <3

PI said...

Naomi: I didn't know my SIL then. In America she met MTL's brother at university and they married and had four children. Sadly a few years ago she got cancer and died. We still name one of the bed-rooms after her, as she was the first to sleep in it when we bought the house. Fortunately her family fled from Austria before the war but they lost their beautiful home and business.

PI said...

Randall: in spite of the harsh judgement I'm fairly sure my grand-daughter still loves me:)

GG: just my muddled headedness with two unfamiliar words.

miss diarist said...

tarte au citron? Mm, yummy...

PI said...

MISS D: naughty but nice:)