Tuesday, 20 October 2009

The Earl Interview on Hundy Mundy

This is a video of a few years ago when Lord Haddington was interviewed by the local Scottish Borders TV about Hundy Mundy.

His farm manager, Richard, did a lot of the preparatory work and is also on the video.

Obviously this is not one of my Flipping videos but one day ... I might get there.
video

13 comments:

Land of shimp said...

It really is absolutely beautiful there, Philip. The Earl did very well on camera, I thought :-) He has a nice presence, very stately.

I do have a question though: Is he unable to sell the land for some reason? I just noticed the report said it was being leased to an Edinburgh company...and being me with my dark sense of humor...I couldn't help but laugh a bit. "Oh dear, I hope the lease can be eternal renewed. I'd hate to be evicted beyond the grave!"

PhilipH said...

Hi Alane,

He could sell but a long lease is probably better. I have heard of 999 year leases but I've no idea what the Hundy Mundy lease is.

Pauline said...

What a beautiful place to "rest." I've been looking into 'green' burials here and find it's a growing possibility. My first thought was to be put under the tomatoes so's I'd do some good but the health services take a dim view of that...

The Bug said...

Gorgeous area! If I weren't planning to be cremated & scattered (not smothered & fried for you diner lovers) I would love to be laid to rest in a place like that!

the walking man said...

While I understand the desire for some to be in the ground, and I like the idea of nothing but a plaque with no plastic flowers I say send me to ash the quick way after some medical student gets done taking my bits and pieces apart.

PhilipH said...

Pauline: I know what you mean! But I believe it IS possible to be buried in a private garden.

For the late Barbara Cartland - recognised as the world's most prolific novelist - she most wanted her garden as her final resting place.

When she died in 2000, almost 99, she was planted beneath her favourite tree in her garden.

Tt is quite a simple matter to bury someone on private land, according to Michael Jarvis of the Natural Death Centre - organisers of National Day of the Dead.

In fact, provided you own the land, it is easier to bury a relative in your garden than to extend your garage or undertake any other building work. You don't even need planning permission to dig a grave, although erecting a gravestone might stir the interest of the local council.

Bug: I knew you'd be hot stuff one day - but not for a very long time! Now that's a two edged compliment, but in a nice way.

Mark: Same as Bug in many ways; I too am only too pleased to let the medical mob do whatever they like with whatever bits take their fancy!

Vera said...

Far better than being put amongst loads of gravestones, and far more natural. But I would like to be thrown to the wind. Not literally, and not in my deceased entirety. What I mean is, my ashes scattered to the winds. I like the thought of blowing freely about the place. I like the Earl. He looks like a proper gentleman.

Brenda said...

That was interesting. I wish I owned lots of land to do whatever I wanted on it. I would have buried my 2 dogs there and birds and animals I have had over the years.
Your comment to Dana made me laugh. You do have a great sense of humor.
My card is on its way to Mellerstein. I mailed it yesterday.

willow said...

I certainly wouldn't mind being buried there. It's lovely. I'll ship you my ashes when the time comes, Philip.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Chris, I came over for a look after you left such a nice comment on my post. I stayed to read two screens of posts! I like your style of writing very much. The Scottish borders are so very beautiful and must be amazing to live there. Sounds like the ideal life and it made me quite homesick to read of your walks. All the best.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Oops I called you Chris instead of Philip! Apologies.

Jo said...

What a lovely spot. I like the idea of "green" burials. They seem much more natural.

The Earl sounds like you.

Argent said...

Hundy Mundy does look lovely and the Earl has a very telegenic manner - thaks for the interesting snippet.