Senscot Bulletin Intro
During September, I got 2 weeks in the marvellous heat and light of Andalusia – building resistance to the coldness and darkness to come. If I had the means I’d probably spend more time in Southern Spain – not only for the sun – also the people. Andalusians and Scots have much in common ; from generations of hardship and oppression, we share stoicism and a defiant pride. The theft of common land into massive estates and the feudal indifference of the gentry helped shape the visions of Burns and Lorca – the politics of John McLean and La Passionara. The Andaluz are warm and hospitable people who love ‘fiesta’ – and their humour could be West of Scotland – with a dark edge that knows life’s harsh realities. My Sunday lunch expeditions took us recently to Monachyle Mhor Restaurant in the Trossachs. £31 for 3 courses – but this is a serious kitchen – memorable meal. The setting is also spectacular – 4 miles down a single track road skirting Loch Voil. Rain clouds swirled around the Braes of Balquhidder – soft smirr kept the wipers on – but the effect was in no way sombre – the weather perfectly matched the mood and the setting. While I love the Med – Scotland is a heart wrenchingly beautiful country. On the way back we paused at Rob Roy’s grave – remembered MacDiarmid’s line: ‘I want for my part only the little white rose of Scotland that smells sharp and sweet – and breaks the heart’.
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