Monday, August 9

Cultural Trip

Pittenweem Arts Festival runs for a week from Saturday 7th August. For nearly thirty years this Fife coastal village has turned itself into one giant art exhibition for a week every summer. Last year was my first day trip there and I loved it. But with about 100 different venues to visit that just wasn't long enough. This time, my friends and I decided we deserved two days to enjoy the festival so we drove up early Saturday morning, and returned to the Borders on Sunday evening. In between times we....
  • met Elvis (oh yes we did, he has four paws, a low-slung undercarriage, and has left his footprints in Georgie Young's concrete path)
  • saw some awesome weaving by the Dovecot Studios
  • were introduced to a fine specimen of a Labradoodle
  • watched the torchlight procession and the fantastic first night fireworks
  • bought some small scale artwork and drooled a lot over the big stuff
  • ate perfect fish and chips from the famous Anstruther chippie, having queued for a long long long time
  • climbed innumerable steep wynds
  • admired a canoeing terrier
  • enjoyed chocolate scones at The Cocoa Tree
  • loved the opportunity to walk and talk in other people's gardens
  • shared our thoughts on artists and artwork and presentation and the whole Open Studio thing
We drove out to Ovenstone Artists Studios and admired work there. My favourite was Joanna Foster whose work you can see above.

We'd booked into the Crichton House B&B in Anstruther, a quick mile or so along the road. It is the best possible advertisement for good Scottish hospitality. A spotless establishment, great rooms, good showers, a lovely happy hostess and a marvellous breakfast!
I went for a walk before mine, and admired the shell decoration on the gable of the house down the road.

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