What very artistic guests The Lucken attracts. These beautiful pictures were taken by the Malcolm family who spent a week at the cottage. Judging by these stunning images, much of their time was spent beach combing! Auchmithie is a great place to explore rock pools and caves. There's an abundance of jasper on the shore (dark red rock with green/yellow patterns). These eye catching stones were favourite gems in ancient times and were often carved to make seals for important documents and used in jewellery. So who knows you might find your own treasure to take home!
This week has seen what we in Scotland call lambing snow. No sooner had we unpacked our garden parasol in a fit of sunny optimism, than winter came calling once more. But the white stuff was short lived and the forecast promises some weather more fitting for April soon.
Following our noses recently we were amazed to discover our enterprising neighbours running a pizza evening with an outdoor oven. It's a great way of meeting the locals and grabbing a delicious dinner while you are at it. You can check out their facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/themucklebackitoven/ Their name, Muckle Baikit Oven, refers to one of Auchmithie's most famous visitors, Sir Walter Scott. He holidayed in the village and stayed at the Waverley Hotel (the large cream building that was converted to flats). The author was inspired to write The Antiquary in 1816. Mucklebaikits were residents of Musselcrag, his fictitious village based on Auchmithie.
We are heading to The Lucken ourselves shortly for a sneaky weekend. It's the only chance we'll get until much later in the year as we're delighted to say that the number of bookings has more than exceeded our expectations. Exciting times!
Cheryl & Nick
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