One of the most exciting things about the Scottish Summer is that you never know what the weather will be. One day we’re all off for a dip in the river, the next day huddled up in blankets as a gale blows through. However, there’s plenty going on in the village throughout the summer to keep us busy come rain or shine. What about giving ourselves a summer theme to provide a focus for all the activity. For example, how about focusing on the wonderful Perthshire strawberry?
We could start off at the Great Birnam Throw down on the 1st July and make a strawberry pot. Then off to Caputh Church on the 8th for their guild’s Strawberry tea and an opportunity to eat some of those lovely berries. From here to the Orchard on the afternoon of the 14th to see if there are any strawberries ripe for picking … and eating. Then on the 16th we trot back to the Birnam Arts Centre to paint the Strawberry at the Botanical ‘Watercolour made easy’ class. On the 21st we go to the talk by Photographer Doug Allen to pick up some tips on how to photograph the strawberry as a wild image. Finally, with our last breath, we zip up to the Bushcraft basics at Loch of the Lowes on the 23rd to learn how to survive while going on a photographic expedition to snap the wild strawberry growing in its natural habitat. Phew!
Following all this it is important to remember the fourth commandment is the one to rest. As a rabbi reminded us at a wedding address recently resting is a commandment – not an option.
So, I shall take it seriously and in obedience lie on a sun bed with a glass of wine to recover from all the strawberry activity. Maybe I’ll do a spot of gardening which doesn’t constitute work in my book … then back to the sun bed and another small glass of wine.
Then reading a book and take some time to consider the lilies.
All very biblical. Then, before we know it, we’ll be shaken from summers lease with the bangs of the 12th. All too soon it will be time to get off the sunbed, or out from under the blankets, and back to labouring and getting ready for the Horty Society show on the 19th August and a trip around the Flower Festival in our wonderful Cathedral 24-26th. Not to mention the Highland Games on the 26th. But, just for now, I shall focus on the clink of ice in the glass.
I hope you all have a good summer whatever you are up to. Look forward to catching up again in September.
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