I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure

Friday letters – the Roof Squares #29 edition


Dear local bank, It is so nice to be greeted with a cheery “good morning/afternoon” as I enter your banking hall.  I also appreciate that I can speak to someone without a glass partition between us, and that your staff will happily fill in the forms/slips I require without any suggestion that I should have known which one I needed and have completed it already before approaching the desk. I just thought you’d like to know.

Dear San Diego Highland Games,  Thank you for a very pleasant afternoon’s entertainment last Sunday.  The warm sunshine was just perfect for enjoying some sheepdog trials, pipe band competitions, music and ‘heavy athletics’.  I wasn’t quite sure what heavy athletics were going to be, but they turned out to be the traditional tossing the caber and hammer throw.  There was also an event which the announcer told us was the ‘sheep throw’ for which the contestants had to use a large pitch fork to throw a heavy-ish filled sack over a high bar.  I couldn’t imagine why, historically, men would have been throwing sheep around, and certainly not over increasingly high bars, until I saw the sign announcing that this was the SHEAF throw – presumably a competition that developed amongst farm workers during harvesting times.  I also enjoyed the live bands that were playing traditional and experimental Celtic music and wished I could have heard a bit more.  It was a a great opportunity for me to relish my heritage – although in the whole afternoon I heard only two other Scottish voices, which surprised me.  It was also good to enjoy the games in dry weather as most of the other Highland Games I have been to have been in damp and misty conditions.  I’m looking forward to next year’s games already.

Dear ‘fs’ versus ‘ves’,  When I was a young girl at school we were taught that the plural of roof was rooves, horses had hooves and Snow White met seven dwarves.  These days I will always write hooves and dwarves, but for some reason rooves looks wrong. I’m not sure why that should be – any ideas?

Dear Becky,  After today there is just one more day of your fun roof square challenge to go.  I’m already wondering what your next one is going to be.

Dear Monterey,  On our recent roadtrip we stopped off for lunch in your Cannery Row area and really enjoyed it.  The area is delightful and the ambience very welcoming.  It’s a great place just to stand and watch the ocean (and see two sea otters, which was very exciting!) or to sit on a bench and watch the world go by.  I wish we had been staying for longer.

A Monterey seagull watching the world going by.

Have a good Friday everyone.

Posted for Becky’s #RoofSquares challenge.


21 thoughts on “Friday letters – the Roof Squares #29 edition

  1. A seagull on the roof. Brilliant 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend Elaine xx

  2. A quick google search brought up (among others, popular topic for debate)
    “Rooves as a plural for of roof is dated, but not incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “rooves” as an alternate to roofs, one of several outdated spellings used in the UK, and in New England as late as the 19th century.” comment posted 14 Apr 2011
    Not sure what I should be teaching now, maybe that I’d be grateful for either version spelled correctly.

  3. How very odd to have Highland Games in San Diego, Elaine! I should just square all of your photos for the next few weeks, then you can’t go wrong. 🙂 🙂

  4. So this is exciting: I read multiple reports that due to some kind of magic, sea otter territory is expanding south and we should eventually have sea otters all the way down to the border, if not further. Eventually might mean 100 billion years but the article implied MUCH soon, like 20 year.

    I went to the Highland Games in LB or OC (??) one year. They sucked. I’m glad SD was good!

    “Rooves”… lolololololol!!

    If it’s not too nosey… were you dropping off or picking up at the food bank? I’d like to sign up for one (no income for 15 months now) but I don’t know how. Only local one I know of is Salvation Army.

    • That’s interesting about the sea otters – there must be some kind of environmental change that means they can come further south – or perhaps it’s their food that is now growing further south , so they can follow it?
      I was actuallly in a money bank (is that what you call them – a place where you deposit money/cheques, set up accounts etc) – but reading back my letter I can see how it could seem that I might have been in a food bank. I’ve not seen any food banks around here, but I do know they exist. San Diego (or maybe it’s all over the country) is having a big food drive at the moment and we are being encouraged to donate at the supermarket either by buying extra food items to leave, or giving some $$. 🙂

  5. Oh Elaine, I laughed at your confusion over sheep v sheaf! It makes much more sense the right way. I suppose if the sheep were in the habit of dawdling on cold Scottish mornings the farmers might be tempted to move them along more quickly.

  6. I’m relieved for the sheep that they’re not being lobbed over high fences with pitchforks, and what an interesting experience attending a highland games in San Diego. Quite surprising that you didn’t hear more Scottish voices, too. I was delighted to read of your sighting of sea otters, that’s a wonderful bit of wildlife spotting, and well done to the local bank.

  7. Elaine,
    Now that I have that image of Highland farmers tossing sheep over high bars etched into my brain, it’s stuck there probably forever! It made me giggle because it’s exactly the kind of mistake that I’d make too.

    Blame the differences in accents? 🙂

    It’s not just you, the word “rooves” just doesn’t look right at all. I confess to being a coward, if I need to use the plural of roof I change the sentence so that I don’t need to any more. Awkward writing moment resolved.

    Banks with real live staff instead of just ATM’s… I like them too, especially in foreign countries so that I can ask questions about the exchange rates, what change is handy to carry etc. I also collect 1 and 2 cent coins so on occasion I can buy a roll of them when visiting a “real” bank.
    I did have an “interesting conversation ” = sign language hand gestures and smiles, when visiting a Spanish bank and trying to buy a roll of 1 and 2 cent coins, I speak no Spanish, The three ladies there spoke no English so I resorted to a combination of charades and drawing pictures. I even tried French since it was just over the border by the Pyrenees… we got there in the end. Himself was looking after the kids in a local park down the road.
    The exception is bureau de change spots in airports, they are either brilliant or terrible, ultra friendly or ultra rude… plus their exchange rate usually sucks. Sometimes I can’t avoid them though.

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