Happy New Year - eventually

A very belated Happy New Year! We've returned from what was truly the frozen North. Our slow dial-up connection was even slower than usual, prompting suspicious thoughts that the service is being relegated to a creaking server in a back room, as broadband use increases. Too slow to view sites with photos, let alone do any posting or replying to good wishes - for which thank you , so we had what turned out to be a blissfully computer-free time. Many books were read beside the open fire. Long midwinter sleep was enjoyed. Brisk walking took place in below zero temperatures, followed by cooking and eating large meals. However, no whisky was consumed, not even on Hogmanay. To salvage a bit of Scottish New Year tradition now that we're back home, I poured a dram of Macallan single malt for this photo, which my husband then very nobly drank.

This is a stingy, south of Scotland measure of whisky. If we were on Speyside, the dram of neat whisky would fill between a third to a half of the glass. I confess to not being a particular whisky fan. I love the smell of it, but a glass is too much for me. This despite starting my working life in a distillery, where all staff were entitled to a lunchtime dram of whisky. Nowadays that tradition has been toned down to a monthly bottle allowance, which is far preferable from a health point of view.


  1. Nice bottle!

    I drunk one of Talisker for Christmas!

    Happy new year to you and yours!

  2. hey mum!

    nice blog
    no wonder you spend so much time on it. your photos are really good by the way. I won't nag you as much about stopping to take them from now on!


  3. Happy New Year to you, Kiji. Good choice, Talisker!

    Hello darling daughter, thanks for stopping by. Nice to know you won't be nagging me so much... :-)

  4. Happy new year ! I don't drink whisky ...except when i am in Scotland ;) ( so, no whisky in 10 years ahaha )

  5. Happy New Year to you too! A monthly bottle allowance...that is very interesting.

  6. Happy New Year!
    Oh your holiday sounds really nice, sometimes it's good to be without an Internet connection, at least for a short while. :)

    I am no big whisky drinker either, but it does smell good - and tastes good in an Irish coffee. :)

    I might be going on a short trip to Scotland soon, but I'm not sure yet. I hope I will! *crossing fingers*

  7. Happy New Year!

    We are thinking about visiting one of the islands for our holiday this year, and my husband's first choice is Islay. Can't think why! (I have no intention of doing a 2 week tour of distilleries!).

    In reply to your question on my blog today, I don't think the tower is a recent addition - certainly I think the art gallery has been around for a while and the tower looks like an integral part of it.

  8. Cheers anyway! My favourite is Ardbeg Uigeadail.


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