Thursday, 18 August 2011

Adding insult to injury.

We had an important visitor today.

Someone with clout came to see our house. The house, mind, not really us.

I felt ashamed that I could not offer a cup of tea, Highland manners. The lack of electricity or eColi rich water sometimes puts people off. We mostly boil a kettle on a fire outside or travel a bit to fill a flask with clean, boiling water so visitors are not poisoned.
Anyway, the visitor was offered tea but declined.

House was duly looked at, notes taken, visitor made to leave. All well and good.

What stung me to the core was an almost throwaway comment regarding the visitor having to ask permission to visit us. They did not need our permission as we had invited them.

They asked the owner's permission... then commented on how patently obvious it was that we were disliked and despised, by the agent working for the owner.

How unprofessional.
How humiliating.

How purile, unprofessional and foolish you made yourself look, Agent of the Owner.

If you need someone to tell you to grow up, you scunnering wee nyaff, then you know where we live. I will happily say it to your face and not behind your back.

I might even throw in a fish to go with the chip on your shoulder.


  1. I am a dab hand at using a cold wet fish to administer a stinging slap to an impertinent cheek. Let me know when I should come by, it would be my absolute pleasure.

    Cheeky sod.

  2. Many thanks, Mmelindor. I will gladly take you up on your offer and will even provide the biggest, wettest fish the river can provide. Maybe even a dolphin.
    It is best if several goes are taken just to make sure that no part of his dunderhead is missed.

  3. Just a comment on Highland manners and hospitality. My sister lives near Huntley, Aberdeenshire, I'm in Lincolnshire, originally from Yorkshire. I have just visited her for the first time. The warm welcome I received from her friends and neighbours was outstanding, and I will never forget my first visit to Scotland. By the way, I love your blog.

  4. Thank you for your kind comment, cloudybutnice.

    It is the way of our life and culture to be polite and warm to visitors and I am happy that you enjoyed your visit to Aberdeenshire - the folk there are really lovely.