I posted a picture of this shawl in its infancy the other day and neglected to answer Swissrose when she asked about the pattern. In truth I wasn't sure that I was going to continue with it as I thought the yarn might be too variegated to show off the design to advantage, but in the end I decided to press on.
As to the string of Ss in the post title, I was inspired to cast on by Tracy of Thimble and Thread Make (Etsy shop here) who is hosting a Springtime Shawl Single Skein Knitalong, or SSSSkal, in her Ravelry group; my wrap is thus Suvi Simola's Soft Sunday Single Skein Springtime Shawl: Sx8.
Reading Roger Lancelyn Green's Tellers of Tales* a few months ago piqued a latent interest in Andrew Lang, and discovering that he was buried in the grounds of St. Andrews Cathedral set me on a hunt for his grave.
I'd drawn a blank in previous wanderings round the cathedral precincts, but this afternoon I asked the gentleman in charge of the visitor centre if he could help. He had no knowledge of the grave, but with reference to a registry pertaining to the main cemetery we concluded that what I sought was in the Eastern cemetery, though beyond that there was no clue to its whereabouts.
Suffice to say I searched systematically and eventually came upon it. While this may be of scant interest to Cornflower readers, I thought I'd publish my findings here by way of public service posting, so for anyone who shares my fascination for such things or who has, like me, fruitlessly scoured the internet for pictures and information, I can tell you that the grave is on the right hand side of the path which runs down by the wall on the sea side, and it's the fifth plot from the bottom of the hill.
Following on from this post, the latest news is that Flora Shedden's shop is to be called Aran Bakery (aran being Gaelic for bread, she says), and it's at 2, Atholl Street, Dunkeld. Lest you think I have some hotline, I just got this from Instagram!
For some of Henry Marsh's story and to get a feel for the man himself you may like to listen to his Private Passions - again from a little while ago - where in conversation with Michael Berkeley he discusses his work and his love of music.