Monday, 10 December 2007
A cat in a bag.
Today we celebrated the exhaust being checked by the garage - honestly, the mechanic just looked at it and the damn thing fell off - by going out for lunch and a small trip to the local charity shops. Lunch was a huge turkey and ham salad at The Castle Club in Forfar. The Club has the strangest decor, hand picked from many eras in history. Fake medieval tapestry and exposed beams, Art Deco lamps, Shaker style roof tiles on the bar and Victorian portraits of famous Scots. Crackers on the table as well. We refrained from crackering but there was a nasty moment when the table next to us pulled theirs and a pencil sharpener from inside a cracker flew past Archie's ear, narrowly missing his christmas pudding.
The charity shops were much safer and we came home with a 1948 copy of Practical Home Needlecraft in Pictures and a pair of soft grey curtains which are already hanging in our living room. I'm hoping that the creases fall out with hanging otherwise I might have to use the iron.
The big bag the curtains came in was an instant hit with Magnus and we had hours of fun rumpling the plastic and waving it at him in the manner of a bullfighter.
We had chums around on Saturday night and we sampled last years bramble vodka and plum gin. They really do benefit from a year's worth of maturing. The plum gin was a revelation with a wonderful prune flavour. I'm hoping the sloe gin is as good if we can hold off till next year. In case you thought we were stingy with the gin, another half a litre was added after a trip to the shops!