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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Highland Toffee

J Crew Sperry boots - I've just been to see  The Hobbit -  I am the double of the Dwarf King!

Sometimes I like to take inspiration from Genghis Khan; 
sometimes I like to take inspiration from Highland coos, sometimes I ...ooh, you get the gist.

Here's to tramping about hither and thither in my jolie laide Sperry boots.
The following are made in Scotland - from girders

Agnes
See no evil-  best.
Patch is out of his kennel again - cave canem.


Warning, some of you delicate flowers may well get your knickers in a twist over these ads, we're not that PC in Scotland.






Yes, I may love their adverts but when I was single, spotting a bottle in a chap's flat was a red card  offence as was the solitary bottle of tomato ketchup sitting  permanently on the  kitchen table. I considered both a liquid ode to eventual penury.

What do/did you consider a no no?

68 comments:

  1. I love your toffee colors. What the heck is IRN-BRU??

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    1. It's "your other national drink" our Coca Cola - not sure how to describe the taste.

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  2. Well, isn't Agnes cute!

    I had never heard of Irn-Bru, so had to look it up. Back in my single days, the discovery of Pabst Blue Ribbon in a beau's fridge would have sent me running.

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  3. You look lovely, love those colours!! And I do love my Highland cows, they are marvellous :))) The Irn Bru adverts are funny, I've tasted it once at a club, but haven't had it since. I consider a no no - hmm... interrupting someone when they speak or un-solicited advice (busy bodies) or when people eat with their mouths open or chew loudly...no matter how hard I try to ignore it, I just can't, haha!! xx

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    1. Have you noticed people no longer cover their mouth when they yawn?

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  4. You look absolutely wonderful! It is pictures and posts like this that make me yearn for snow. I believe the Hampshire countryside was the only area of the entire kingdom which the flakes missed.
    I must ask how you were able to see 'The Hobbit' so early, I am beyond jealous. This year, rather than a traditional advent calendar (28 is absolutely not too old for such a thing), I have had a countdown to 'The Hobbit' calendar. Oh Tolkien, how I love thee... What were your thoughts? Please share!

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    1. It was a private screening, it's not nearly as good as LOTR, it's too long, the 3D is wonderful in 48 frames, in that it's like being at the theatre but it also makes it a bit amateurish. But Bag End is still the only the place I want to live and it's great to be back in Middle Earth. And I promise you I am the double of that Dwarf King!

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    2. I must admit, I have never dared to hope it would be the equal of LotR. Nevertheless, I am beyond excited as it was the first real story my father ever read me at bedtime when I was young, and I still treasure the book. My father and I have tickets for the 3D showing, about which I was rather dubious, but am less so having read your thoughts.

      It also does not hurt the Richard Armitage (or John Thornton as I will always refer to him) plays Thorin, as I find him incredibly scrummy!

      Thank you for replying x

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  5. Tabitha adore the ensemble! Until reading this I had no clue what Irn Bru is!

    2012 Artists Series,
    xoxo
    Karena

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    1. Lucky you, it tastes like sweet rust.

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  6. For a small person you have such long legs!

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    1. Ha! I know, I have a little chubby torso and big daddy long legs, thanks to Viking pa.

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  7. A no no for me - seeing only books written by Dan Brown on a bookshelf (or even worse possibly, identifying them as your favorite books).

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    1. Katherine - I like that one, book shelves are a great way of cutting to the intellectual DNA of a person.
      That book 'The Secret' - if anyone lists that as their favourite, I can never be their friend.

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  8. Fact: I am still upset I didn't see any Highland cows while I was there. Must go back.

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  9. Books are a good indicator, on a sliding scale:

    books I enjoy= hooray!
    books I despise= oh well
    no books at all=we'll never be friends.

    And I'm afraid I'm betraying my miss-spent (but hugely enjoyable) youth when I say that vodka & Irn Bru is the BOMB. Over ice, mais naturellement, just perfect.

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    1. Trudy, that is hilarious back in early Uni days my best chum used to beat you by ordering ....wait for it... Vodka and diluting orange - kid you not!

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    2. Coos, caramel and Bag End. Brilliant!

      Art direction wise those ads are nasty. Straight out of the 80's/early 90's style wise, but the copy is a real chortle-fest. ( Yes, I know which agency is responsible.)

      No books and a wall size TV in a home...run, run, run as fast as your little legs will carry you!

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  10. C: oh yes, TV's on walls, what on earth is that all about?

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  11. Your boots are fabulous. Those ads are hilarious, I may have to come live in Scotland. I abhor how PC Americans insist on being all the damn time!

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    1. Your note is funny, and I take it in the spirit in which it was meant but having recently heard some wealthy entitled London public school lads make fun of one classmate for being overweight and refer to another by an unpleasant name based on his race, I was reminded that at base, being PC is a matter of treating all individuals as though they are worthy and not permitting ourselves to denigrate another human because they differ from us in race or religion or have physical disabilities or sexual orientation. Cast against the cruelty that has been visited on "others" thoughout history, I would say that Americans should be very proud that being PC has become normative!

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    2. Anon, who made you the thought police. The world is cruel, everyones different and no more or less special cause of that. Being politically correct is not bout being nice it's just about being false like the "have a nice day" stuff.

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  12. Photos of the ex scattered around the place is never a good sign, I've found.

    Agnes and you both look lovely in your caramel coats.

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  13. I did not give you permission to wear my coat!! Loove the boots country chic.

    Paper napkins are my beite noire.Ida

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  14. A no no for me is a man who is tight with money and also a man who is a bad driver.
    Have you ever told a man he is a good driver when he is actually driving ? they puff up and start doing fancy manoeuvres.

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  15. You look gorgeous Tabs.LOVE your boots. Irn Bru? Never tasted it.Judging from the comments I haven't missed anything ;-)

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  16. a copy of the Daily Mail has me heading for the hlls...... loving the winter look!!

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  17. A bad temper.

    Love those highlander cows! Their calves have to be the cutest things on earth!

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  18. Oh those cattle are so fabulous - make me wish I could stomp about in boots in the country right now, they are truly the prettiest cattle breed there is. (Ok, being half-scottish, am possibly a little bias...but no, hand on heart, they really are the prettiest. Can you tell I grew up on a sheep and cattle station? I am supposed to be talking about your elegant attire and offputting things...)

    I always scour people'e book collections to get a handle on what sort of people they are. Of course, this is getting much harder now with kindle et al...

    And look at you, standing on snow/ ice. Brrr. xx

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  19. TRUE BRU/ FUDD'S DUDS Ah, Scotland's other national drink, after whisky. Must show DH the new Bru adverts. Of course what has me jumping up and down, the boots - and that collation of copper pots. BTW, can't figure out how Jackson is going to squeeze out three films this series round - especially for a book that's only about 300 pages?
    CALIFORNIA CRAZY
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100300450

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  20. love this look, Tabitha! you are just so elegant and always inspiring to me! i am taking my boys to see the hobbit on sunday! so excited.

    the true bru adverts are pretty funny! i'd never heard of it until now. xox P

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  21. No-nos for me are bullsh*tters, posers, slackers, arrogance, people who have jobs with nondescript titles and even when they tell you what their job is, you still can't figure it out....what else. People who cannot decide on anything or make a decision. When asked where to go out for coffee, lunch, dinner....you get the "I don't care" shrugged answer.

    And probably the worst - people with no sense of humour whatsoever and who are so bored with life. Yuck!

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  22. Well look you!!! I am officially putting up my hand for that coat when you get sick of it (I know- never) - I will need for Bag End (see my blog for that reference in response to you!) You always look so gorgeous to me!

    What was a no-no in university? I can't recall, except that one shouldn't date the boy and his roommate.... No comment...

    As for no-no's now? All I require from someone is kindness. Oh yes, and they have to be able to dance with me at 1 a.m. at least once a year. Hardly a lot to ask in life... Husband has fulfilled the latter at least 4 times this year!

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  23. You certainly look cozy in your boots and long coat. Those ads are hilarious. I've never heard of this beverage...
    My biggest no-no - no sense of humor. I think I'm hilarious-as in "I'm such a dope, I can't believe I did something so stupid" hilarious. Just don't laugh at me before I laugh at myself-because that is just rude.

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  24. No No = another woman's clothes...or is that just stupid?
    The books are always a great tell, as is the music and video collection.

    Love how informative your site is....this week I've learned 'panto' and 'Irn Bru'.....fascinating culture you've got...Can't wait for the next post, if the world doesn't end....isn't it all over on 12.12 or is it 12.21? Whichever, we've had a great run :) Cheers!

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    1. Anon - yeah don't consider this culture, I can be very very lowbrow!

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  25. Sneakers and a "dress shirt" with jeans will send me jumping over the nearest fence and running through the pasture to escape.

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  26. Nice boots.. and practical for this time of year (especially Seattle ~ the forecast is always showers with rain, or rain with showers, or a sun break with showers.. why don't they say rain until July?)

    I didn't know what IRN-BRU was either. Sounds like it will put a bit of hair on the chest? Anyway, loved this post :) Being that I work in the medical industry, I found that top image very funny;)

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  27. Please tell me that the shaggy coat is not made of the Highland bovine's cousin! :)

    Can you believe it...there is a herd of those gorgeous ceatures here in Southern CA just a few miles away from me. The calves are the cutest!

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  29. The photo of you on the steps of your garden show how completely understated your house obviously is.

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  30. HAHAHAHAHA! Those Irn Bru ads are side splitting. Tabs you are just the living end in those clothes and boots. I mean, really. You are gorgeous. Now at the risk of being super dorky, I am awarding you a prize, the Sunshine Prize, on my blog. I love your blog to the moon and back. No pressure AT ALL. It is silly I know but I was so excited when I got it being such a newby and all.

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  31. No books at all and/or they play country and western music.....Noooooooooooo!!!!!!

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  32. Those ads are so funny - had me laughing out loud. I've been wearing my Sperrys a lot, been cold in LA.
    When dating, I always first looked at a man's shoes and wristwatch, as that came way before a home visit.

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  33. Your boots are in the style of the LL Bean of my youth. That coat looks cozy. I've sipped Irn Bru in the interests of seeking a cultural education. Once was enough. Reminded me of liquid bubble gum: disgusting. I'd never hold a half a can down. Agree that permanent ketchup bottle suggests unimpressive lifestyle.

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  34. Cigarettes, no thanks.

    Smashing coat on you!

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  35. What hilarious adverts!
    Is that your kitchen the one laden with copper pots? It's like Downton Abbey's!

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  36. I guy I dated at university confessed he only had an Indigo Girls CD to impress girls; I've been deeply suspicious of Indigo Girls CDs since. Of course, now in order to check one has to hack into the person's iTunes library. Oh well, adapt or suffer.

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  37. We call our neighborhood the Shire. My husband has read The Lord of the Rings four times so that would be a positive thing to look for. And then he calls me Arwen so that's a good one, too.

    Whining and no friends would be definite warning signs I would urge single women to watch out for.

    Sheree

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    1. Sheree, truly, I want to live in Tolkien's shire, there is nowhere more idyllic.

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  38. Weighing in as a Scot abroad; I miss Belted Galloways more than Hielan' Coos and always preferred Vimto over Irn Bru. You can take the girl out of Crossmichael.......

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    1. Vimto! What a flashback, I used to wash down my hamburger supper with that,much much better than Irn Bru.

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  39. oh come on --tell us about that fab coat!

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    1. It's my winter warmer, bought in years ago it was a fortune, them got sacked a week later.

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  40. They are all toffee colored pictures. Got it.

    Sheree

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  41. Hmmm... all this book talk.
    The day I got married all I owned was a truck, a snowboard, scuba gear, a mountain bike, a journal and a sketch pad... 12 years later I pretty much only own books.

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  42. Back when I lived with my Glaswegain cousin in Dublin, there was always a bottle of Iron Bru in the fridge. Hers, not mine. You couldn't pay me to drink the stuff .

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    1. Sara - we have so much in common it's not funny

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  43. I'm just thinking, you must have an IQ of about 160, right? At the least?

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  44. Cheers!...che Meraviglia the Scottish landscapes: so wild, so charming!
    Lei con quel mantello sembra un'Imperatrice! ...ma perchè coprire il viso con le mani? non sarebbe più chic indossare una mascherina di pizzo nero? it would be more glamour, decadent...intriguing...yet Artistic!
    una bellissima giornata piena di gioia
    Ciao

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  45. Someone who thinks they are gifting you with their presence ... no thank you. Oh things like a pink toothbrush or razor in the bathroom when he supposedly lives alone and no recent visit from mom or sis. Ummm porn magazines are not good indicators either. Yicks.

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  46. Love those boots!! Haha I would love to see ads like that here in our subway. Then I could spend the boring train ride watching the reactions as people read them ;)

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  47. Wow i really like the pictures and your outfit


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    Coline.

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  48. Love your outfit. My favourite cashmere jumpers were bought in the Burberry shop in Edinburgh (not sure if it is still there).

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