Tuesday 20 July
I sit at the window of a kitchen that is mine for the week, like a cat safe in the knowledge its curiosity won’t kill it here. On the table beside me a chicken fajita roll from the local Syrian deli/patisserie awaits my attention, as does the white wine spritzer I keep forgetting to sip. The street below clamours with traffic, the unintelligible syllables (thanks Miss P) of passersby, and herring gulls. Squillions of herring gulls.
A ferry comes in. A ferry goes out.
A faint smell of curry rises from the Indian Pavilion, two doors down. It reminds me of the back streets of cities and my mother’s kitchen.
There’s a box of tiny, orange-flower water flavoured, pistachio filled, baklava behind my screen, and I can’t help peeking at it every few minutes. Earlier, I ate the best croissant I’ve ever had anywhere (France included) and, in a brown paper bag on the counter is a slender, vanilla cream filled, chocolate topped eclair. All came from Helmi’s, where, it would seem, one can’t buy just one thing.
Bute could just be my fantasy island.
On Sunday we saw this:
And had this for breakfast:
On Monday we were dive-bombed by cleggs when we went here:
Yesterday was a bit of a damp squib. We’d been to friends’ for supper the night before, and I drank too much beer, and we stayed too late. I barely slept because I had to keep getting up to pee, yet I still woke at six. I felt groggy the whole day.
Nevertheless, D went out to fish off a rock beside the lighthouse at Rubh’an Eun (see picture above) and I stayed back to pootle at my own pace. Hence the many foodstuffs described above, and this blog post. There is something to be said about just sitting beside a window, and not rushing out to see the sights all the time. I reckon I’d be perfectly happy to stay here again today. But I probably won’t.
When D returned, and after he’d eaten the left over curry from Sunday, we went for a short walk and saw this poster on the board fencing surrounding the Rothesay Pavilion.* One of the things I like about this island is its mix of urbanity and wild nature. It is much more diverse than, say, Arran, and worlds away from where I live in Moffat, which seems outstandingly dull in comparison.
As we turned from the Pavilion and looked out at the sea (or is it a river?), we saw porpoises!
Not sure what the rest of today will give us, but my first course of action will be to toast the last of yesterday’s croissants for breakfast.
*Sadly, the place doesn’t seem to be open and, it being one of my favourite types of architecture, I’d love to get inside!