Stretch – breathe – relax – read – wander – oh, you want more?
Waking up on the first morning of a holiday at Sandcastle Cottage with days stretching lazily before you is one of the best feelings ever. A whole week of fresh air, wandering along the coast, catching up with some reading and chatting to friends old and new. So how do we distill the pleasure of this into a blog about ’5 things’? Only way I can think of is one day at a time. So here are the 5 things we’ve done today at Sandcastle Cottage.
- Do absolutely nothing. This is really hard. When you’ve been rushing about all week getting ready to go on holiday, how hard is it to just STOP? Thought maybe this morning that I’d escape by just staying in bed. That worked for a few hours, but the sun streaming through the windows of the cottage really was enticing me to get out for a walk. But do take some time to do as little as possible. You’re on holiday. Relax. When was the last time you did that?
- Cook up something delicious – Cullen Skink doesn’t require much preparation and you’ve got a gourmet feast in a bowl. We love the Andrew Fairlie recipe. All the ingredients can be locally sourced. Colin Montador brings his van around Crail on a Saturday or Wednesday, and we bought around 1 lb of smoked haddock (just a bit more than was needed for the recipe) for under a fiver.
- Take a walk round the village. It’s a favourite route to just cross the road opposite Sandcastle Cottage to the head of the coastal path leading down to Roome Bay, walk along the path towards the harbour, up the Hen’s Ladder and back along the High Street.
- Pop into the Honeypot Guest House and Tearoom for a chat, a coffee and oh, maybe a little something tasty. Today Edna had been baking Empire Biscuits following a recipe from the Hairy Bikers. Chat was of the plans for the Crail Food Festival and the launch night next weekend. While we were there people arrived from various parts of the world – Switzerland, Belgium, and New Zealand. Locals from as far away as Pittenweem too!
- Play a round – no, not around – a round. A game of golf if you will. Junior members of the family were keen to have the opportunity to make use of a recent birthday present, and chose to go to Elie to play a quick game of golf at the 9-hole course there which is particularly suitable for children who are just starting to play golf.