The delightful assistants

Often in my posts, I mention my “delightful assistants”. These are people who assist me in taking tea and tasty treats at tearooms and other eateries.

I have labelled the two assistants who feature most often on my blog as delightful assistant no.1 and delightful assistant no.2.

Delightful assistant no.1 is otherwise known as my dear mama, the maternal parent, Elizabeth by name.

Delightful assistant no.2 is her spouse, my dear pater, known as Bennet, although his first name is in fact James.


Delightful assistants resting their weary bones on a bench at Glenwhan Gardens, Wigtownshire, Scotland, June 2015.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been blessed with these two particular people as parents. They each have their own admirable qualities and are, to my mind, the perfect little set. I sometimes think of them in terms of a pair of salt and pepper shakers, a bit like this:


When I first left home more than 20 years ago I had no idea I’d be back living with my parents in my forties, but life is full of unexpected happenings.

Who knows what the future holds, but for now I’m enjoying the opportunity to spend time with these two splendid people who’ve been such a big, and positive, influence on my life.

As of December 2015 they have a blog dedicated entirely to them:


50 thoughts on “The delightful assistants

  1. What truly delightful assistants, and it’s lovely to ‘meet’ them through your photos and descriptions. You are truly blessed, Lorna! But I am sure that they would instantly say the same, in that you are a blessing to them. It struck me that the names ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Bennet’ are linked with Jane Austen, and this can only enhance the authority of their pronouncements on all things tea-related!

    • That’s very kind, Jo; they certainly are generous with their praise and I do feel appreciated. Your observation re: Jane Austen is an interesting one and ties in very nicely with the tea taking. Perhaps I could dress them up in period costume some time for a photo shoot.

  2. What a lovely couple Lorna! It is nice to ‘meet’ them rather than just have blank names. Good luck with the novel.

  3. This is a lovely story, thank you for sharing your tale with us readers. I do enjoy your blog as I have very fond memories of Scotand and a wonderful month spent with my husband wandering wherever …. the beautioful month of May 2005. We fell in love with Scotland and plan to return sometime.

    • Thank you Maggie, it always warms my heart to hear of people having good experiences of visiting Scotland. I think it’s a great place myself, but then I am somewhat biased. I hope you do get to return one day.

  4. Beautiful.
    This page is a fine tribute to those delightful assistants of yours. Thank you for sharing a bit of your own backstory, and best of luck with that manuscript!
    It’s always nice to have a dedicated cheering section, and it seems that your parents are wonderful at that. The friendship you share is refreshing and inspiring.

    • Thank you Robin, you’re quite right about the cheering section and I have no doubt at all that their encouragement is what’s allowed me to progress with the book, as well as many other parts of life. They are an inspiration to me, as I’m sure you are to your children.

  5. Thank you for welcoming us into your intimate little family group, it is so nice ‘meeting’ your assistants, allowing words and names to become faces and characters. As has been said above this is a beautiful tribute to the people closest to you and it is lovely to see that functioning family units still exist πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, I know some people find it a bit strange in this day and age, when family units don’t normally operate in this manner, but it seems to work for us and I feel constantly supported and very lucky to have it.

  6. “Delightful” is certainly the word for these two adorable assistants. What a blessing it is to have their support, loving kindness, and wisdom in your life. And I’m sure they feel equally blessed to have you as a daughter. :0) xo

  7. What an incredible post…thank you for sharing so much with us…you do make a delightful team, one which would benefit the world to model after.
    How incredible to have such support in your writing too…keep going…

    • Linda, you’re very kind with your comments. Having people in your life who bring positivity and support is an invaluabe asset, and I feel remarkably lucky. I’m cracking on with the book, and am most grateful for your encouragement.

  8. So lovely to read about your delightful assistants. I had presumed they were your parents and now find I am correct. It is so pleasing to hear that the situation works ideally for both you and your parents. Your siblings would also appreciate the fact that you are at home with their parents. When our parents grow older one likes to know that there is someone looking out for them. You do more than that.
    Great work on getting your manuscript finished and to be started on your sequel. You really have got the writing bug. I look forward to reading your first novel.

    • Thank you Heather, it does seem to be a win-win situation, which is all to the good. It’s funny how the writing goes, it’s often a struggle to get stuck in but once I’ve overcome that hurdle I’m off. I just need to exercise a bit of self discipline to keep at it.

  9. Thank you for sharing information on your two adorable assistants! It is indeed a blessing to have parents who are loving and supportive. No matter how old we get as children, they will be the same parents ….
    My warmest regards to both of them. PS – they are super cute too πŸ™‚

    • Aw, thank you Aparna, and you’re right that parents are always parents. I used to want to break away from them, naturally enough, in my younger days but now I feel very lucky to have their friendships as an adult.

  10. What a pleasure to get to know your delightful assistants! You are indeed fortunate to be able to spend time with these two dear people. I am often sorry I do not live near enough to my mom (and my dad when he was still with us) to spend more time with them. Enjoy every moment and every cup of tea together.

    • Thank you Darlene, I fully agree with that sentiment. None of us knows how long we have on this earth, and every moment and every cup of tea is indeed a bonus. The fact that I’m able to share so many of those moments with my parents now is a real blessing.

  11. What a fantastic post about your parents. They do look very much like a matching set – full of matching good qualities and both with a sparkle in the eye. You are so lucky to have such a good relationship with them, and as the one who went far away from home, I’ll echo what suth2 said, that your siblings will be glad that you’re there.

    (Thanks for your kind comment on today’s post. I’m thinking of renaming my husband and daughter “Delightful Invalid no. 1” and “Delightful Invalid no. 2”!)

    • Thank you Christine, the parents laughed a lot when I read out your comment about the matching set. I am very lucky, you’re right, and I know I won’t have this situation forever but I do want to enjoy it while I can. I love the idea of your delightful invalids! πŸ™‚

  12. what a lovely post about your assistants/parents. how fun that they are available to accompany you on your adventures. I quite like your Dad’s purpley striped hat.

  13. What a beautiful post for two wonderful people. Must keep my eyes open for them next time I am Blairgowrie doing my shopping. I would recognise them if your dad was wearing his fantastic hat? I am only a few miles down the road in Ardler.


    • Thank you Patricia, that hat doesn’t often get an outing, although he has another rather fancy one with a huge white pompom on the top. I had to look up a map to find Ardler, I knew the name but couldn’t quite place it. I can see why you’re happy about that new tearoom, very handy for you!

  14. Oh Lorna, what a lovely tribute to your parents! You are, indeed, very lucky. I admire you for appreciating the rare opportunity you have to pursue your dream with such loving support. I am green with envy and very, very proud of you.

    • Thank you Kathleen, I am indeed very lucky. I know it’s unusual for anyone writing their first book to have this sort of environment in which to do it, most people struggle to fit it in beside their busy work and home life, and that’s why I want to keep at it and make the most of the chance I have. I’m touched that you feel proud of me! πŸ™‚

  15. I am excited to get to “live” in Scotland by proxy . . . my ex is a Brit & I miss the UK far more than I miss him πŸ˜‰

  16. I knew your parents before I came to Australia, in fact I even spent a holiday with them. I am back in Edinburgh for a few weeks and would love to meet them again. My maiden name was Weston. I have tried to become a friend of Flora on Facebook.

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