I guess most of you will remember that up to about 8 months ago Sophia Pangloss was a regular contributor to this blog. Her posts were always a mix of humour, fun and good solid Scottish common sense.
Sophia also started her own blog and announced it here first on Munguin's Republic. The blog was different from others that I read because it wasn't about politics. Well not directly anyway. It was a series of beautifully crafted, and expertly told, tales of the Edinburgh of days gone by, into which Sophia always wrote a part for herself, in a lowly roll.
Now, I don't know who Sophia is; I don't think any of us does, but I'm guessing that she is, or has, at some time been a professional writer. The style of the writing is captivating and the clever way that the tale is told means that once you've started reading, you can't stop till the dénouement is reached. Either a professional, or a very gifted amateur.
But around Christmas last year the writing stopped and there was only an occasional comment.
Of course the blog was too good to lose and so John Brownlie and I kept at her to take up pen (as it were) again.
It turns out that Sophia was sick and indeed hospitalised. But John mentioned a couple of Munguin posts ago, that he'd been in touch with her on Twitter, and that she was happy to be home again and back on her feet.
So we are relieved to hear that, happy too, and we wish her a speedy and full recovery.
Sophia, your writing and your contributions on this, and other blogs, have been sorely missed. Get completely well and as soon as you feel up to it get back to telling us your tales of Old Edinburgh and how you kept their stairs clean.