Monday, 20 October 2008

Seconds to go

Listening to: Cast of Thousands (Elbow)
Weather: high winds, showers

Mrs Pig "Farmer" hurried onto the ferry just as they were about to raise the ramp.

Five minutes earlier (08.44) I'd been in the driver's seat, gunning the engine, wondering where the hell she'd got to.

Red-faced, she tumbled into the car and said, by way of explanation: "The phone went and had to answer it to tell them I was too busy to talk."



The Birdwatcher said...


Richard said...

Less said.


Life truly is made up of interminable periods of monotony interrupted by moments of sheer terror.

All's well that ends well.

Z said...

Completely logical.

fiwa said...

Makes perfect sense to me!

Cathy said...

Hello there
Have to agree with all the others:)It would prey on my mind all day not knowing who it was lol
Take care

Sian said...

Can't see the problem. She got the ferry AND reassured the caller all was well, AND had the satisfaction of knowing who had called..... makes perfect sense.....

ziggi said...

it might have been important!

Hope you have some nice sheepskin slippers to wear when you're standing on the kitchen floor! It looks fab but it's going to be freezing!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Greeting from Canada. I just stumbled your blog. You have taken up a challenge!

I raise a few pigs. They amuse me.

If I ever got to your part of the world I would like to spend some time on Fair island.

I will return.

Ginni Dee said...

I'm sure there was method to her madness. With us women, there always is!!

Malc said...


Even when I don't understand, it's still funny.


Probably wise.


I think she likes to wind me up, enjoying the colour rising in my cheeks, the whiteness of my knuckles on the wheel, the sweat on my brow, the ever-so slight note of irritation in my voice and so on.


Of course it is.


This is going to divide along gender lines, isn't it?


Well hello there! I could have dropped her off at the ferry, gone home, dialled 1471, found out who had called and then texted Sal.


Thanks for your support.


I've got a rule here. Nothing is so important that it can't wait 20 minutes, an hour, a couple of days even. The ferry, on the other hand, only goes twice a day.

The floor will look terrific when it's finished (still needs polishing and sealing), but you're dead right about the slippers. Mind you, bare feet in Orkney in winter isn't a good idea even on thick carpet.


Welcome aboard. You can fly out to Fair Isle from Orkney during the summer - not been myself yet, but it's about as isolated as you can get in populated UK.


As every other woman has pointed out - she answered the phone and got the ferry. The only problem is my blood pressure.