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Monday, January 29, 2018


On Saturday Nigel reminded me of the wonderful old Scottish word, "drookit," ostensibly of old Norse origin but still in common use in Scotland (my mother's birthplace, as well as the land where Nigel spent his teen and university years). We were walking back to the car after having spent an hour or so at the Tacoma Home (and Garden) Show, and the rain, omnipresent in winter here in the PNW, was coming down, not in torrents, but more like in pins and needles, and kind of sideways, straight into my face and uncovered hair. I should mention, people seldom bother to carry umbrellas or wear rain gear here in the Seattle-Tacoma area; nothing marks you out more as a tourist or a transplant than trying to protect yourself from the rain. There is no protecting from it. You either live with it, or you go home.

But this time I tried. I actually lifted my coat up to shield my face from the needle-like raindrops that were being driven into it. And when we got into the car with a great heaving sigh of relief, Nigel turned to me and said, "You look drookit."

Like me, my garden is looking fair drookit too. The rain let up for a while on Sunday so I went out and took some photos. By the time you're done looking at them, you might be sick of seeing plants covered in raindrops, but at least you won't be drookit.

Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'

Euphorbia rigida

Unknown Euphorbia seedling

Schefflera delavayi

Schefflera delavayi closeup

Oemleria cerasiformis

Ribes speciosum

Pinus sylvestris 'Nisbet's Gold'

Pinus sylvestris 'Nisbet's Gold'


Hey look! I found a flower!

Garrya elliptica dripping with more than water

Panicum virgatum


Well and truly battered by winter, but quite a color


For you Doctor Who fans, here is a video of Scottish actress Karen Gillan, speaking Scottish with English subtitles.

For you fans of Outlander, sorry no videos, just a picture.

Try to imagine Jamie Fraser whispering the word "drookit" in your ear.

Here is a definition of drookit.

And FYI: Your Scottish Slang Word o' The Day 

Spellcheck tried to tell me drookit should be rootkit. I wonder what a rootkit is. 


  1. I love the word! Is it bad that I wish we were drookit down this way? Water droplets on plants are always beautiful, here seen only immediately after the irrigation system runs.

  2. There are two photos of Pinus sylvestris 'Nisbet's Gold', one green and the other very gold: are they the same tree? The Eucalyptus picture is delicious (and so is Outlander...). I love listening to Scottish accent, I understand nothing of course, and drookit is a fun word; I'll try to use it whenever I can.

    1. They are the same tree, the newest growth near the top is much more golden.

  3. Thanks for sharing some of the beauty of this soggy mess and for the new vocabulary!

  4. I love that word - drookit. It certainly fit today.

  5. As you may have heard it was raining quite hard in Paris when we were there (the flooding seems to have made the news here in the States), and it was interesting to read the reports of nonstop rain from home. I travel halfway around the world and rain is still with me. Yes poor Kris can't get a single rainy day. There's a point in there somewhere...

  6. Thanks for the video. My immediate boss (and old friend) is very proud of his Scottish heritage so I will have to try this word on him.


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