Over last night’s curry (and shout out here to Abdul and the team at the Coldstream Radjhani Spice – another corker!) we descended to the time tested family game of combining place names into characters for the novel/play none of us is ever going to write. Thus far we have:
- Guay Tullimache of Ruthven – the dashing young hero come home from afar (or rather two villages oft encountered on the way back from Glenelg);
- Hawkslaw Whitadder of Georgefield – a very bad egg indeed, but with a certain glamour. I am feeling shades of the Wolf of Badenoch here (which is btw possibly the best nickname in history……);
- Birgham Duns – horny handed son of the soil, may be lacking in a sense of humour;
- Edrom Duns, brother of Birgham more of a quiet thinker I feel;
- Stobo St Abb – absolute fool of a man, brother of Yarrow.
The females had been proving trickier until I brought in rivers and reservoirs. (On further thought this is actually rather poetic, shades of naiad there…) On this front I have mustered:
- Till Yetholm – sparky type and frank speaker. Possibly a keeper of goats??;
- Yarrow St Abb- rather floaty type, may yet develop common sense though. Sister of Stobo;
- Eden Water – who is clearly no better than she should be and I feel rather spiteful;
- Tala Water – sister of Eden and much nicer. “Nicer” is not much of a personality so further thought may be required;
- Megget Dam – elderly woman – personality as yet undecided – related to Kielder perhaps???
The problem is, once started it gets rather addictive. Windy Gyle anyone?