Distant Grumblin’

It’s time to answer some Frequently Asked Questions.

GRUMPY FROM GOA:  “This is an expat blog about India, isn’t it? I’ve been waiting for a year, and no photos of India.”

ME:  I lived in India from 2011-2013, when my husband went to work in Bangalore. When that assignment finished, we came back home to the UK.  No more India. You’ve missed the bus.

Bangalore bus

FED UP FROM FULHAM:  “This is a London blog, isn’t it? Why am I looking at photos of a farm?”

ME:  Since 2014, I have been splitting my time between two places: a farm in Northern Ireland, and an apartment in London.  My movements between the two are not well-planned; neither is the blog.  But if you want more of London, chew on this gherkin.

gherkin & chimneys
London Skyline November 2014


BORED FROM BUSHMILLS:  “This is a blog from the Irish countryside, isn’t it? Why am I looking at photos of London?”

ME:  See above – I just explained it to FED UP FROM FULHAM. You want more farm photos?  Here, have a donkey.

donkey at gate
Donkey in farmyard after getting his feet clipped, February 2014


CONFUSED FROM CAIRNRYAN:  “What kind of day job lets you flit so randomly across the Irish Sea?”

ME:  I have just retired from my day job. Before I went to India, I worked in London, in a world of law, writing and politics.  It was always interesting, but it was the kind of job that took up all of the space in my brain. After a few years of freedom to think about other stuff, life seems richer and I don’t want to go back to the office.

tongariro hut table
All I need for relaxation at Discovery Lodge, Tongariro, New Zealand, November 2014


WORRIED FROM WORDPRESS:   “Are you ever going to focus on one thing?”

ME I have a second, super-focused blog.   “Townlands of Ulster” is single-minded in its dedication to Irish geography.  But this blog will continue to be the Dilletante Drumlin.

Butterflies in Hong Kong Park, November 2014


OK, so those FAQs may have been Fictional Artificial Questions, but the answers were true.  Does anyone have any real questions?



18 Comments Add yours

  1. I have no questions but right now I am facintated by the pictures form your other blog, the countryside looks so interesting!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Great! I don’t have many readers for that blog. Of the few people who do read it, four are in my own family, and the rest live locally. I’m sure you are the first Finnish German visitor!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Why isn’t there a post on Dubai? Everyone wants to go to Dubai these days. And you have a free place to stay when you come 😉


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Now that’s a great idea.


      1. adspark says:

        Mi casa, es tu casa.


  3. linnetmoss says:

    Did you like “The Bone People”?


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Yes, I loved it. I bought it specifically to read in New Zealand. I also had my Kindle, but The Bone People wasn’t available as an ebook. I liked the main character Kerewin; and the book just fitted my holiday. We were on our way to the sea when Kerewin headed for her “bach” at the sea too.
      I eventually left my copy on a bookshelf in Wellington, where the hotel had books for guests to read.

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      1. linnetmoss says:

        That’s great. I love the serendipity of finding a good book at a B&B!


  4. Andrew says:

    Wally from Winchester asks: How much did you pay Scotland to play like a whole team of Wallies at the weekend?


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Guess what? The Six Nations wasn’t even the best thing about the weekend. My cousin’s son played for Ireland’s under 18 rugby team. They lost to Scotland, but who cares? I’m just so proud of him.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Andrew says:

        That’s great Karolyn. He is ‘capped’ for his country. A great honour


  5. Haha! Love your fictional FAQs! Heheh – who needs neat little boxes! (sez Muddled from Mumbai!)

    And pssst – think Dilletante Drumlin is a brilliant blog name. 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      That post was fun to write. At one stage it was twice as long. One day I may bring out the other questions, from the Bored Birders.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Tee hee hee! Bored birders, eh 😉 I think you should definitely post an FAQ2 at some point!!!


  6. You could set up Marvellous Marylebone 😉

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  7. Kim in Fiji says:

    Laughably loveable …. only I was disappointed that Grumpy from Goa and friends were fictional. I’ll take that donkey, thank you. (An odd by the by – your blog came up much prettier in my inbox than on the actual blog page …. larger type easier on my elderly eyes. Signed, FRIED IN FIJI)


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thanks for the feedback on the size of the typeface. Can I just double check this? When you are reading in your inbox, it’s good. When you look at the actual blog page, the writing is too small? Is that right? And if you look back at other blogposts on the actual blog page, are they OK, or are they also too small?


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