Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another Day in Shetland

Are you kidding me?
That's my father in law's cottage again. My wife assures me that all I have to do is come on over. Our money problems are solved! The pot of gold, apparently, is right in the cottage, just next to the peat-stove, beside the wee table and the waiting dram of Lagavulin...

Think I should believe her?

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Blogger Erin Underwood said...

That's beautiful!

How big is the pot of gold? :-D

2:09 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Erin!

She won't say. Says I have to come over and see for myself.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

If she's right about the Lagavulin you should be there yesterday.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Laughton and Patricia Johnston said...

The Lagavulin has been replaced by a Glenrothes single malt 1994, introduced to me by Jamie. The pot of gold ... with our present weather it could be anywhere ... one minute under the sea, the next under a peat bank and last seen behind a hill in the distance.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a nice photo, David. Did you take it?

3:11 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Hiya. I'll be seeing you in Calgary, won't I? Looking forward to it.


I knew that pot of gold wasn't as easy as it sounded... Fortunately, I'll assume the Glenrothes 1994 will be a bit easier to get my mits on. Another thing to look forward to at Christmas.


No, my wife took it. She's good with the camera and posts lots of photos on her blog and on our family blog. She's in Scotland right now; I'm in Fresno. The photos I would take around our house... wouldn't have quite the same charm, I'm afraid.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

David: sorry, no Calgary.

3:55 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


That sucks. Devastating, really. I'm sorry. I've certainly had immigration hassles, but it sounds like you've run up against more than just a hassle.

I'll stay hopeful that you'll work it out, though I don't want to be glib about it either. US immigration, ach...

4:37 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Devastating is a good word, in the current circumstances.

But the last I heard I was still OK to visit Scotland, so maybe I'll catch you there sometime.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Corby Kennard said...


Makes me wish I 1) had a decent camera, 2) had an eye for composition, and 3) lived somewhere this gorgeous.

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful pic, I can only imagine how much you must miss your family. :-) Hope you managed to hand in TOL... ? :-)

6:03 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Living somewhere gorgeous is important. I'm working on it.


Yes, missing the family terribly. I'm expecting a call this morning, actually, so that's something to look forward to. Phone sitting on the desk right beside me.

My date to hand it TOL is Oct 30th. I spoke to my editor this week. He's expecting it. I'm claiming it's going to happen. I'm knuckled down trying to limit my time online or with any other distraction. That's not easy, but I'm trying.

Feel free to check in with me on the 30th. I'm hoping the news will be good!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

I think that anyplace you go that makes you happy and content, that you can share with the people you care about - that makes you a rich man. Pot of gold? Blah - Go for the treasure that matters!

Enough of that; Can I have the gold? :)

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'd be nice to be in Scotland right now ... or Fresno for that matter. Never been to either.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(to David) I'm with Cheryl--that whisky should have done it. Anything in addition to that is gravy.

(to the whole of the universe) Why, oh why can't I live somewhere like that????

12:52 AM  
Blogger Beth Armstrong said...

Laughton - Is the Glenrothes replacement due to Jamie's thirsty nature or simply 'time for a wee change'?

David - will you get to see Laughton at xmas or will he have stolen across the waters to Godzone by then (with the necessay items to get into the country - Whiskey, oat cakes and Heinz tomato soup). If that is the case then sorry about that.....

4:34 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Nick! (That's me assuming it's actually Nick writing, not Beth...)

I believe I'll get a couple of days with Grandpa before he heads down under for a New Zealand summery Christmas-thing. (How weird is that?)

So, it'll be brief, but it's not a complete miss. Hopefully, sir, the Durhams will also spend some Christmas in NZ one of these days!

3:21 PM  

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