Orkney has its own dialect and its own pet phrases. ‘It’s the giddy limit’ means the thing is almost beyond belief. And for the past five years the phrase has been the title of a comic strip in the local newspaper, the Orcadian. Those first 262 cartoons have been published in book form, and while I should be packing boxes I have been sitting going right through the book. Twice.
Readers of this blog (thank you!) will remember that a while ago I bought the original of the cartoon one week, showing a knitting group. You will need no more introduction to Alex Leonard and the characters he portrays so well. Others just need to see a single page of the book, chosen with natural fibre people in mind:
You can get the book online from the Orcadian Bookshop (where I got my signed copy this afternoon) or from Amazon (who haven’t got their stock yet). For those of you overseas, remember there is no VAT (tax) on books.
Meanwhile, I really must get back to the boxes… I move on Monday… I hope to post once more before I go, but if BT do what they did last time they will cut me off early. So if I don’t appear for a while, you know exactly who to blame: BT (which does not stand for British Telecom but B*^&$%£^& Terrible). They have already told me they will not even think about giving me a line in my new house ‘until the snow goes’ – and THAT is the giddy limit.
So I might not be back until July…