It’s awfie hamely o ye tae gie me a wee shottie fur the summer. Yer a guid man Mr Flowerdew.
I ayewis thoucht I’d like a go at butlering efter retiring frae gairdnerin.
The extra siller’ll come in handy, I’m frae Aberdeen ye ken.
Fine bitty o land yiv goat here.
hamely: courteous, kindly, friendly.
It is awfully courteous of you to give me a short trial over the summer. You are a good man Mr Flowerdew.
I always thought that I’d like a go at being a butler after retiring from gardening.
The extra money will come in handy, I’m from Aberdeen you know.
It is a lovely parcel of land you have here.
The Scottish Word: hamely with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.
Jim McColl Gardener.
I came across Jim McColl (the white haired butler in tackety bits with the watering-can) hosting BBC TV’s Beechgrove Garden along with fellow gardener George Barron. It was their couthie banter that caught my interest and I have watched the programme off and on since.
Jim retired this year hence his tribute appearance in the drawing above.
Sadly one of the reasons for his retirement is a condition that makes it difficult for his hands to grip which means I’m taking a bit of a liberty in having him hold a heavy watering can.
You can read a short BBC article about Jim and his career here. I don’t know if he ever met Bob Flowerdew in real life.
Bob Flowerdew Iconoclast.
I first saw Bob Flowerdew (his real name) on Gardeners World when it was hosted by Geoff Hamilton and I was taken by his style of gardening. Full on organic, not afraid of untidiness and always a questioner of conventional wisdoms.
In his own words: “…I am not a joiner but a disrupter, an iconoclast & staunchly independent thinker, I refuse to accept anyone else, or any spurious idea of a god, has any authority or restraint on my musing…. I tend to monopolise conversation, introduce bizarre & inappropriate thoughts, tread all over anyone’s sensitivities and indulge in spontaneous, often in bad taste, humour.”
If you are into gardening a compilation of Bob Flowerdew’s best gardening articles can be found on his site here.