a very Scottish lunch …

Over the weekend I visited Aunty Sue, who is eighty-seven and Dad’s sister (see my blog post on my tour of Leith for who Dad is). Aunty Sue gets a lot of pleasure from feeding her visitors and I was no exception. When I arrived, I was welcomed by Mr Kipling’s  French Fancies,  Tunnock’s Chocolate Teacakes, ham sandwiches (sliced in quarters, made with Scottish Plain white bread, with a water cress garnish for a treat), crisps, a Victoria Sponge cake (yep, all for me!), Belgian chocs, chocolate covered ginger biscuits and Twix-like caramel biscuits, most likely from LIDL. (Did Aunty Sue tell me a LIDL carrier bag is known in Leith as the Leith briefcase, or was that someone else? Someone else I think. I digress …). And, as I take coffee, a cafetiere of steaming coffee. If you replace the coffee for tea, you have what I’d call an old-fashioned Scottish lunch ;0) 

Why am I telling you all this? Because I love going to visit Aunty Sue and not just for the chocolate and sugar overload.

Like Dad, she’s a great storyteller. Recently, I’ve been recording her stories. (I see them as research for the sequel to The Blue Suitcase, which will be set in Leith.)  If I forget to bring my recording device thing, then I try and write down everything she’s told me as soon as I get back home. As a writer and a person, I think it’s important to record what’s happening around us, there’s so much to remember and it’s all too easy to forget. I especially want to record Aunty Sue’s stories, not just because they’re a great resource for my writing, but the stories make me  smile and I know that even in the future when Aunty Sue is no longer physically around,  her stories will be and they’ll connect me to her, just as Tunnocks Teacakes will always make me feel connected to her 🙂

“I have lost too much by losing, or rather by not having acquired, the note taking habit.”

Henry James

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13 Responses to a very Scottish lunch …

  1. Lorna says:

    I love how lunch is an event, and I love tea cakes.

  2. Joy Claridge says:

    I am so looking forward to being with you all again.

  3. Louisa says:

    Brilliant, Marianne! Love Auntie Sue’s photo, and the perfect description of all the goodies she serves visitors!

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Hey Louisa,
      great to hear from you. The food is good but some of her stories are even better. I wish I had recorded more of Dad’s when he was alive – it’s maddening!!! It’s not so much that I can’t remember them, it’s the little details he included in them, which made them so funny and memorable that I’m forgetting (but not completely!). It’s great you were able to put Heiland Jinks together for Dad!

      • Mathew says:

        Hi Auntie/Cousin! How can i get my hands on a copy of Heiland Jinks? No Tunnok´s here in Ecuador unfortunately…

        • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

          Hi Matty! Great to hear from you 🙂 Louisa (AKA Jonesy!) edited the Hieland Jinks for Granddad, and I think she gave a copy to all of us “aunties”, so in theory, your mum should have a copy! That said, like me, she may not want to part with it, but Louisa may well have some more, or at least be able to print one off for you. Have you got her email address? I’m sure she’d be happy to send you a copy! How is Ecuador? When are you coming back for a visit? How is the kick boxing school going – pics look great!
          ps: what? no Tunnocks?? Are you sure???? You’ll be telling me next you cannae get Iron Bru either;o) xxx

  4. Marie Bergwever says:

    Hi Marianne
    I just discovered your blog today and was so happy to see the lovely photo of Aunty Sue and the wonderful description of her delicious “Scottish lunch”. I can remember when we left for Australia the last thing we did was go to lunch with Granny and Aunty Sue, and what a spread it was – one of my clearest memories was of the Ninnish tarts from McVitties at Golden Acre. And when I came back to Scotland in 2004 (after 38 years), Bill and I had another one of Aunty Sue’s Scottish lunches – this time she added an Australian flavour and included fresh mango and a bottle of Australian wine, but the thing we remember most is her wonderful, entertaining stories. Thank you for recording these for posterity – Aunty Sue can certainly spin a yarn!

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      Great to hear from you Marie! How lovely of Aunty Sue to have a fresh mango and Australian wine waiting for you, apart from everything else ;o). She always says how much she liked having mangos when she was in Australia. I forgot about McVitties at Golden Acre. What was it like when you came back in 2004? I know I as here, so that may sound daft, but I don’t think I ever asked you. Was it all positive? Any changes that you didn’t like, or disappointments?

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