The “tattie holidays” are a week or fortnight long break for Scottish schools in mid-October so-called because they were the period of time that pupils that pupils left the classroom and went out in the fields to help pick the annual potato crop. There’s not much need for child tuber picking these days, as you can imagine, and I often feel like the tattie holidays are a bonus break rather than a much needed time to regain energy and enthusiasm.
Well, not so this year. I’m shattered already. Though I’ve got some studying to do before term starts again and though I’ve planned a few days down in the Borders, I fully intend the next few weeks to be mostly filled with walks like this: