A word popped up from my past.

I can’t remember what prompted the memory of this word but it certainly brought back memories of my childhood in Scotland.  I must have been a particularly sulky teenager as I remember my father saying to me on more than one occasion, “What’s that boosach for?” or “What’s that boosach about?” I can’t remember having…

A Scottish term of endearment?

Teenie trauchle drawers. I am not sure if this is a term of endearment but I certainly thought of it as such.  My dad used to say Teenie trauchle drawers when I was a youngster.  I came across the saying Teenie from Troon yesterday and it made me think of the expression my dad had…

Elie, St Monans, Anstruther, Kirkcaldy, Fife. . . . .

I have just finished the latest Val McDermid book, Still Life. Again she has produced a terrific crime fiction novel and the bonus is that it is set in Fife, the county in which I was born.  The many place names mentioned in the book brought back memories of my years in Scotland. “Val McDermid…

An old cookbook in our collection

The Presbyterian Cookery Book of Good and Tried Recipes was bought in 1975, the year we were married. I am not sure if it was the tartan on the cover that prompted the purchase or the fact that it was Presbyterian based or maybe even the recommendations on the back of the book? Anyway the…

Fancy a trip to Scotland?

I came across this poster on Twitter and was surprised that there were several books here that I haven’t read.  I have read six of the fourteen displayed.  I will need to look out for the remaining eight. Have you read any of these? I enjoy crime fiction that is why the poster caught my…