Weakness of clear mind

Last night I watched Elizabeth I on Channel 4 and heard an excellent quote something like:

You have the weakness of clear mind, you think other people will see things as clearly as you do.

…. and it is fair to say that I have always thought of Elizabeth 1st of England as someone I would want to have dinner with (in those quizzes “Living or dead, who would you invite to dinner?

However the quote, most likely imaginary, seals her place at my dinner table.

I am not talking myself up when I say that I think I now think very clearly, I do have a simple and clear mind, and I do feel a slight victim to it. I think it means that I am pretty straight forward in what I do, what I say, and how I interact with people. It is there that I fail, I do think they will see my actions and words as plainly as I do. They do not.

I know that it is a failing of mine that I count myself as the base, the most stupid, least understanding. I acknowledge that sometimes my comments may be seen as too harsh a criticism or not containing enough diplomacy.

I also know that I can be the most diplomatic and positive person that I know (again I don’t want to sound big headed), but there is a time and a place for that.

What I believe is that friendship requires clear and plain honesty and injustice requires to be dealt with without diplomacy taming the message.

Over the course of this week I have witnessed both capitulation to injustice by those I thought would raise the standard and fight it and the complexities in the mind of a friend twist and misunderstand what was intended as a kind gesture of delivering a birthday present.

It is fair to say that I am stymied (well it is Friday), I have chosen to remove myself from the injustice and just wait for the annoyance and recrimination of the friend.

I sometimes wonder if I should just shut up, not show my genuine enthusiasm and interest in life, but then that would just be betraying myself for them……. this weekend I think I will be thinking long and hard about people and things, cause I don’t like feeling the way I feel right now.

Highland Magic

I am just back from one of the most peaceful, yet hectic and fun, weekends I have had in a long time, and I firmly believe that it is down to the great friends that were there!

It started off with a trip up to Inveraray to spend a night with my mum at garronbridge. Fes and I charged through the wind and rain, up the side of Loch Lomond and over the Rest and Be Thankful to have a good evening with mum. We sat up til about 2am have a few drinks and a good long chat.

To get to the highland croft that we were staying at for the weekend I decided to take to scenic route, from Inverary up to almost Oban, over the Connel Bridge and up to Fort William, then over the A86 to Newtonmore and then the Bridge of Brown road to Tomintoul.

I know I have said it before, but what a beautiful country Scotland is! I have a special advantage that I have family and friends spread over the length of the country; from just a few miles north of the border; to Glasgow; to Argyll and the Isles; and my friend Rob’s croft near Tomintoul. To see Scotland change as you travel that distance, from the often neglected lowlands to the highly lauded highland, she is beautiful in every way.

Anyway, back to the weekend. It was going to be a squeeze, with 9 of us in the croft for most of the weekend (it has two bedrooms, a livingroom and a kitchen) but it was the blend of people that just made it work.

The croft gang on the Pack Horse Bridge

Mini Equinox, Green Goddesses and the web

I have just started a new project, mini-equinox.co.uk. It is something I have had an idea of since I first got my Mini, Fes, back in 2003. So twith some spare time I have started to pull it together……

Well tonight, sad to say, I am really excited! Two days after I put the site up someone has managed to find it and has registered their Mini there! Wooooo!

So I felt that my smiles deserved a little entry……

Tonight I have also started to help a friend, David, with a site for his ‘hobbie’, he owns a Green Goddess. Yup, one of those military fire engines! Okay, so I know some strange people…..

It is a Mini wedding

At late notice last week, a nervous groom gave me a call after one of his wedding cars pulled an unexpected surprise on him and he had to cancel them.

It so happened the the Bride used to have and is a great fan of the Mini. So Fes and I were called up for action as the bridesmaids car! With friends Matt McMini McCartney and Jim Blair providing the Bride and Groom, respectively, with their rides.

I have to say what a great day it was and we got loads of cheers and waves as we journeyed through a very busy Glasgow, the bride was more than her obligatory late as we got stuck at the junction of Tron and Gallowgate, and arrived a full 30 minutes after the show was meant to go on!

From there we ferried them back into the city to the Lighthouse, for what I am sure will be some fantastic photos from the viewing gallery, and back out to the southside for their reception.

I must say it gave me some cheer to bring a smile to Bob & Bec’s day and Fes and I wish them all the best!

Sorry for the pics, but I forgot to take my camera and had to do with the phone.