I’ve just been watching a couple of programmes on Philip Larkin. There are four on tonight but I can’t take so much concentrated culture. I hadn’t realised that he died when he was 63. I may have left it a bit late to become a famous poet, as I am now a year older than he was when he died and nobody has heard of me.
I was finally able to talk to a doctor about my adverse reaction to the medication. They hadn’t been able to fit me in for a telephone consultation yesterday and the receptionist was in the middle of fobbing me off again when I stopped her and told her I was confused as I’d been told I could ring about adverse reactions to medication at any time. The words “adverse reaction to medication” worked like a charm and a doctor eventually rang me to discuss it. It seems it’s a well known side effect. I already knew that. They are going to change my medication to slow-release capsules, which should, with luck, solve the problem.
At work, there were a few parcels to sort and the normal phone calls to answer.. Julia rang in the early afternoon to ask me for a word she couldn’t call to mind. It’s normally “sumac” because she has a blind-spot concerning that particular tree. They have one in the Mencap garden so it does crop up in conversation.
This time, however, it was “name a motorway services in Cumbria”. She meant Tebay. Fortunately I am a husband of many talents.
They are known for their pies. Most of my pictures which include Tebay in the title feature pies.
That sumac tree looks lovely. If I’ve remembered correctly, sumac was a popular spice in the middle ages. If this is true, I wonder why it fell out of favour.
I think I’ve found the answer to my own question: because we now have lemons instead.
I only know of it as a North African spice – I am told you can rub the covering off the red things (whatever they are) and use them as spice. I think it was in a Bob Flowerdew book.
Apparently, it is used in Middle Eastern cuisine as well. I think I will get some to try out. Might turn out cheaper than buying lemon juice all the time.
You can never tell – life is such an adventure. 🙂
Of course 😊
Oh, my goodness, Tebay looks like a wonderful place! And that sumac is magnificent. I think it’s cute that Julia calls you to ask such things.
We are a very cute couple – she is a bear of very little brain and I am a pessimist, not unlike Eeyore. 🙂
A great service station that I may never visit again as motorway driving doesn’t figure highly on my to do list these days. I hope that the slow release medication does the trick.
As a nobody myself, I am very happy to be one of those who know and admire your work.
You are very kind. 🙂
Yes, I started to realise a few years ago that there were things I would probably never do again. Some of them, like visiting Southend, are not a matter for regret.
That tree would give anyone a blind spot
They are wonderful to see in autumn, but a bit green and boring the rest of the time. They have one exciting feature – the ability to spread. I have seen them send suckers under four feet of concrete. Good if you pursue your gardening as a constant surprise (as I do) but not so good if you like to plan. 🙂
Knowing the right buzzwords is essential to getting the proper attention.
That sumac is very beautiful!