A dear friend of mine rented out a lovely cottage for three days and invited a bunch of women friends to join her there.
This is Golf Cottage in Ellie, Fife (sleeps 8, pets allowed)
I've never spent any time in Fife before this weekend. I must say, It's beautiful! I'll go back there again. No bother!
In case you didn't know, this is the portion of Scotland where the game of golf was invented.
These are the links that were just outside the front door of our weekend cottage. We walked the dogs along that wonderful beach. By the way, while we were walking we heard and saw larks singing. There were lots of Eider ducks and gannets swimming in the bay and parking themselves on the rocks. To top it off, I saw my first swallow! They're back! Henry had reported seeing a swallow two weeks ago in the next village over, but I didn't see one until Saturday.
The oldest style of golf course were created on these areas of coastal dunes or seaside links. There really isn't enough grass there for grazing livestock, there is too much salt spray and sand to grow a crop so what do you do with vast, unusable tracts of land like this? Invent golf! By the way, in St Andrews, just a few miles up the coast from where we were, local people still have the right to dry their laundry out on the links, the only other use for this scrubby, windswept area.
Now of course, the area near the scrubby land is prime real estate for seaside cottages. I wish I could afford one. The area is so pretty
My friend Kim who was the one who planned this all did ALL of the cooking! She is a generous and talented cook. I think that if I am suddenly deprived of food, I won't be hungry until Wednesday.
It was a perfect girly weekend that included good weather, lots of food, wine, gossip magazines, a chocolate fountain (!) some babies to play with (Annabelle 6 months and Carys 2 years old) and two incredibly well behaved dogs to induce us to take walks!