Sadly, I had to work most of the days she was with us, but I did get one surprise day off, which was great fun. So, the day I had off we went around to the castle and cathedral and climbed St. Rule’s tower. We did a bit of shopping and then we walked a couple of miles to a local fruit farm to get some strawberries. We got to pick them ourselves! It was so fun and they were so beautiful!
This picture was taken on the walk to the farm - HUGE wheat fields
Calico pigs.. Never thought I'd see the day
Yay for picking strawberries!
There were also chicken and sheep on this farm (sheep not pictured)
And then there was.. um.. this one. Which just makes me laugh
Yay for contrast!
And then, we got to turn our strawberries into THIS (home made)!
(quite possibly the best strawberry shortcake ever, according to Ian and Alyssa :)
Friday Ian and Alyssa went to Edinburgh and got to walk, look, climb, and taste. Then Saturday we got to spend together again and we hiked the first part of the Coastal Path – which is SO pretty in summertime!
Can you see the alligator?
We caught a bus to Anstruther for our beloved fish & chips (although I got mine grilled this time instead of fried :), then walked to a little village called Pittenweem. They are putting on an arts festival this week, so being the artists and art appreciators that we are, we decided to check it out. We got to make prints by carving into Styrofoam and then using ink to print our images onto paper. A simplified version of printmaking that was surprisingly effective – this is something I may pursue :) They were pretty amazing – especially the one made by my creative husband. I’ll have to post pictures sometime :)
We wandered through the venues (actually homes and garages that are open for the week displaying the art) until it began to rain when we decided we were ready to head back. I’m considering trying to secure a place for my art in next year’s festival if I can get myself organized enough and meet someone who’s house I can use. If you know anyone in the area…
We had a great week with Alyssa and only wished it could’ve been longer (I think we’ll always wish that), but we bade her farewell back to Germany on Sunday morning.
Now, as far as we can tell, it’s life as usual until the next person comes a-knockin’…