Slow painting

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Glaur


Pronounced 'glor', as in 'for'. Scots for mud of a particularly sticky kind. If it hasn't been frosty and too hard to dig, it's been sodden and squelchy with glaur. So not a lot happening on our plot, and life is busy elsewhere into the bargain. With none of the sorting of seed packets and first sowings that I'm seeing on other blogs at the moment, I'll just have to point out my cherished green Hunter wellies. They're quite a faded green now, in fact a trendy 1950's formica green. They date from 1981, and were a serious investment for a student. But Aberdeen that year had deep snow and low temperatures to rival those of this winter, and they were my daily footwear on the snowy cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen.

And they're still coping well with the glaur.

12 comments:

freerangegirl said...

Excellent - they arent real wellies unless they've good coating of'glaur'!

Happyone :-) said...

Those are some well used wellies! :-)

Ali said...

What a blooming fabulous word to have. And how wonderfully specific. I would love to use this word next time we have a bit of rain, and act like others are silly that they are not familiar with it :D.

Jo said...

They've been worth the money if they've been used since 1981. I bet you were glad of them this year.

Green Lane Allotments said...

Glaury here too! The wellies almost look to be in camouflage mode!

donna said...

Your wellies have some history behind of them. It was a fun read. It's always a pleasure for me to learn some new words when visiting your blog.

donna

Gunilla said...

Hi Linda.

You have really got mud on your wellies. I long for that too.:o)

Here it´s still so much snow left so I have to wait at least until April before I can use my wellies.

Have a really nice week.

Gunilla

Mark Willis said...

So Linda, do you also have a Barbour jacket?? Or one of those "Puffa" jackets that must have in vogue when you got the wellies?
With that amount of gaur about it sounds as if you ought to perhaps "gyre and gimbal in the wabe..."

Linda said...

No Mark, no Barbour or Puffa jacket! For non-UK readers, this is a subtle social class reference that Mark is making...

Barbarapc said...

Saw my first pair of Hunter boots a couple of months ago and was shocked at the price - although if they last 20 years - and you're able to garden almost every day (I'm beyond jealous) - I'd say it was an excellent investment. Thanks for the bit of green & glaur.

Jenn Jilks said...

I love your 'glor'! We haven't lived here, near Perth, Ontario, Canada for a whole year yet. The soil is clay, though.

We have a Tay River near us in town, too! Our Perth was settled in 1816 by Scottish military officers!

Thank you for visiting my Perth world !

Fay McKenzie said...

Fab word!!!!