Document 775


Author(s): 794

Copyright holder(s): Joan Queen


Nae burds are singin’ the day as the win’ whissles roon the hoose. They’re awa hidin’ oot in the fir trees, that sway back and furth in the blast. The birk wi’ its white bark gies the only glint o’ pleesure. Ken, the spidery web o’ twigs agin the grey sky weaves a pattern sae complex that the e’en canna travel frae tip tae stem an’ back agin wi’ oot won’er. But, nae burd is daft eneugh tae hing up there by its taes tae be blawn aboot willy-nilly in the cauld blast.

Ginger, the cat, is nae whar in sicht no even when I keek oot the door. An’ Ginger can hear a door open awa doon the bottom o’ the gairden an try tae slink by ma legs intae the warmth o’ the hoose. He’s sleekit.

Mind, Januar’ has its joys tae: the rid hot coals blazin’ in the grate, slices o’ left-owre Christmas cake tae devour, the tick-tock o’ the wag-at-the-wa’ and the reglar patter o’ rain on the windae-pane, no forgettin’ the seed catalogues wi’ a’ the promise o’ times tae come, whiles the weet claes birl roon an’ roon on the whirligig.

The win’ hurls roon the hoose an’ moans doon the lum. Ache! I’m playin’ at never-heed!

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Text audience

General public
Audience size 6-20

Text details

Method of composition Wordprocessed
Year of composition 2005
Word count 226

Text medium

Web (webpages, discussion boards, newsgroups, chat rooms)
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Prose: nonfiction


Author details

Author id 794
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1930
Educational attainment College
Age left school 15
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Retired teacher
Place of birth Glasgow
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Crieff
Region of residence E & SE Perthshire
Residence CSD dialect area Per
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Stonemason
Father's place of birth Lochgilphead
Father's region of birth Argyll
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Arg
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Retail pharmacy
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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