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When I was a wee bairn my family lived in the north of Scotland ('lo these many years ago) in a large-ish (by Scottish standards of the time) 2 storey house on a bay. Was called a villa as I remember. Wasn't THAT big...

T’were a long walk to the beach to be sure, an' cauld most of the time too. This place was just south of the Orkney Islands away in Caithness County.

The house had peat burning fireplaces in almost every room. You could dig yer peat right out o’ the back garden. Or the front for that matter.

I was sitting in my room one day and a great huge black cloud of chimney soot blew out into the room followed by the biggest bleedin’ crow or maybe even a raven, I had ever seen. Before OR since.

An’ I didna hang aboot to figure the difference either. It was makin’ quite the commotion, I tell yer! Scared the pluperfect shite outta me.

I wailed and bolted from the bed and closed the door (Smart kid,eh?) and ran down the steps to tell me Ma about it.

She wouldnae go near the door a’tall. Waited for me Da t’get home and sent him up there with a broom.

I'da used a bloomin' BAZOOKA! BOOM!

After a time, he came down stairs looking shaken and a little worse for wear, but with a triumphant grin spread across the bottom half of his face. He'd managed tae keep the giant bird off him (with the BROOM, I presume!) and got a window facing the bay open and that harbinger of evil swooped the hell oot of there.

And Da closed the flue in that room, and all the other rooms too. QUIIIIIIIICKMAAAAAAAARCH!

I didnae sleep in th' fookin' r-r-oom for a flamin' fortnight!



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Feb. 25th, 2014 06:59 am (UTC)
I don't know if that was MY entry, but it definitely applies! :D
Feb. 25th, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
No it wasn't yours. Cannot always get everything from between the lines, Lass!

Feb. 25th, 2014 07:02 am (UTC)
What do you mean, the world doesn't revolve around me? :p LOL! :D
Feb. 25th, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
*heh* Smartass.

And this actually did happen. To me.
Feb. 25th, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
Wow, you lived in Scotland? COOL!!!
Feb. 25th, 2014 10:42 am (UTC)
This is such a cool story! I'd forgotten you said you'd spent some of your time in Scotland as a kid. I found out that I have Scottish ancestry a little while ago (as well as Irish, English, German and Hungarian). My Scottish were John McMaster and Jannet McCreeby from Stranraer, SW Scotland.

Edited at 2014-02-26 10:42 am (UTC)
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