Lynne wasn't home from work by the time we were ready to go this morning so we left her a message, gave the cats some attention and pulled the door closed behind us. We were on the road just after 8am.
We skirted the edge of the Lakes District as we headed North... absolutely stunning scenery. After Carlisle we took the A7 which is the tourist route to Edinburgh. The roadside had so many gorgeous purple rhododendrons. We try so hard to grow them at home, coaxing them along but they really do prefer a cooler climate and to see them growing like this was amazing. We even passed one stretch with red poppies growing roadside.
We stopped for morning tea along the way in a quaint little tea shop. My cup of tea came in a proper floral china cup and saucer. At Kirkcaldy I went into the shopping centre to buy a couple of dinners at Marks and a a Subway sandwich for our late lunch.
We reached the cottage we have booked just out of Anstruther (about an hour Nth of Edinburgh) for the next few days. It's fantastic! In fact, it's bigger than our house. There is one of the loveliest staircases I've seen in an average UK house. We decided not to bother trekking up the second flight of stairs to the master suite each night. The double room is right next to the main bathroom and it's a very nice room. We have parking behind a gate across the road where the garden is.... one of those UK quirks, a garden across the road. We are only about 100 yards from the sea. Perfect.