Every now and then I like to indulge myself.

Why not?

I’m worth it.

My latest drop of self-indulgence arrived in the post during the week, nicely packaged in a French cat food box.  And why not a French cat food box, I ask myself?  Cats have to eat, even if they are French.

Inside the box was my little present from myself to myself.  It was a little thank-me for all the years I have been such wonderful company for myself.


Nice?  Innit?

It’s beautifully elegant, and very light.  It is actually much lighter than the pipes I normally smoke even though it’s twice [and more] the size.  It is also very nicely balanced and a very cool smoke.

All I need to do now is grow the beard a little more?


The Grandchilder are calling over later. I can guarantee that the sight of Grandad puffing on his Shire pipe is going to intrigue them and have them gagging to get pipes of their own.

You gotta start ‘em young, I say.

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Setting a great example — 15 Comments

  1. Now that, GD, is a really elegant pipe. In fact, it almost makes me want to buy one and take up pipe smoking. I did try pipes years ago, but I just found them too much bother. Messy, in that they needed cleaning regularly, and if you didn't clean them you'd get bitter gloop in your mouth. Also, never having been an office worker (except for one brief period in my early 20s), it was never very easy to juggle with my work.

    But that is a truly sensational smoking implement. I congratulate you on your discerning taste.

    • One of the things I like about the pipe is the ritual of filling, cleaning or whatever.  Cigarettes are too instant [apart from the fact that they taste like shite].  A pipe forces you into a slower, more contemplative pace.

      Elie has to be a pipe smoker himself [I actually never asked him!] because he has designed all sorts of weird and wonderful filter systems that remove all the goo and gunk and cool the smoke in the process.  No gloop in the mouth, ever!

  2. oooooh the sleekness, the verve, the aroma, the allure, the sensuality. More stimulating than erotic sex – the pipe, not the beard I mean.

  3. Ah, Grandad the wizard is it now? Glad you chose the Shire as I believe it was the majority of the vote? Proves that you listen to your readers. It does you well or at least the part of you we can see in the image anyway. All you need now is a robe and a pointy hat that flops back about half way up.

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