I worry that the day will come when I won’t remember anything at all. I tend to draw what remains of the tattered and frayed cloth of my memory around me against that cold dawn.
It follows that I get seriously concerned when I come across things about which I think I should have known. Take siskins, for example. I am assured by Google that they are small and active finches with narrow bills which are common in Scotland.
I’ve been common in Scotland for over 60 years but I do not remember having heard about siskins until I saw them cavorting about the bird feeder at the Loch Garten osprey site in 2006. I have to accept, however, that they must have been there all the time and that I just mistook them for green finches. Or possibly yellowhammers.
And then there are Werther’s Originals. For those of you not fortunate enough to live in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, we started getting these adverts a few years ago where a rather creepy old man fed toffees to a small child on the grounds that his grandfather used to do the same to him. No recollection of said toffees from my youth and I was relieved to find that they only arrived here in 1997 or thereby.
So, until the Alzheimer’s finally kicks in, I separate unknown things into siskin or Werther.
Which brings us to the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company as mentioned by Christopher on more than one occasion. With particular reference to their whisky flavoured tea. For which, without being judgemental, they should, of course, rot in Hell.
Whatever. Christopher seems to like the brew and I still live in hope that he is going to come to Embra and allow me to entertain him here. I thought, therefore, that I would check out the aforementioned Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company to see if they did tours and/or tastings.
Google advised me that their shop was off Sir Harry Lauder Road in Portobello. I naturally had to keep right on to the end of said road to get there. This is a Jock joke which Sheona and JW (to whom a Good New Year wherever he may be) will get straight away. For the rest of you:-
Not really worth crossing the road for let alone keeping right on to the end of it.
Contrariwise, Embra is still well worth visiting if you happen to be passing.