We had a beautiful weekend, with the sunny weather actually typical of east coast Scotland in the summer although everyone forgets this as soon as it rains.
On Saturday Benedict Ambrose and I took advantage of the combination of sun and my day off work to go to a National Trust for Scotland property featuring a huge, tiered garden with a pond, fields, and a curious horse hanging his head over a stone wall. Dogs are not permitted off the lead, and so dog-walkers don’t seem to go there very often which is—I am sorry to say, for I like dogs–a blessing. It is thus a quiet place; an almost secret paradise.
As the sun poured down, we switched from bench to bench to suit our comfort as we read our books. Around noon we moved to a large, sheltering gazebo. An hour later I volunteered to go to the nearest grocery store for lunch and came back with pork pies, a sandwich, water and crisps. B.A. continued reading David M. Levy’s Scrolling Forward, and I continued Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid. The latter is about the invention and implications of reading. This reminded me of language acquisition in general, and I texted Polish Pretend Son to find out what words my year-and-a-half-old godling uses. It’s clearly as summery in Poland as here, for her small store includes the first syllables of “mosquito” and “housefly.”