Not long after moving to Fife we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. Our plan was to visit the Lake District where we had honeymooned ~ New Life ~ New Year together. I had always dreamed of staying in a log cabin in winter with snow all around us.
However we had to cancel this return trip, booked months ago, due to moving to Fife in December. As it happens the terrible storms may have prevented our journey anyway. Nevertheless it is on our ‘to visit’ list, either this year or in 2017.
We decided to go to Edinburgh for the day instead. It is only 40 minutes train journey directly from Kinghorn Station and there are lovely views along the route over-looking Kinghorn Harbour from the station bridge, passing the sand flats of Pettycur Bay and Black Rock, Silver Sands and the castle at Aberdour and North Queensferry under the shadow of the famous Forth Rail Bridge. This is even more exciting since the new road bridge is nearing completion and each time we pass we see the progress that has been made. (As an aside I’m told that The Flying Scotsman will be doing the Fife Ring in May. That should be a special sight, even to non steam train addicts like myself.) You even pass under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle as you approach Waverley Station.
We visited a wee traditional Scottish tea room for coffee called ‘Romanes & Paterson Tea Room,’ which you can reach up three flights of carpeted stairs or via a rickety lift, passing kilt makers along the way. It was downstairs in the ‘all Scottish’ memorabilia shop that I spotted this tin of shortbread, adorned with a photo of a stag. Perfect for the occasion, I thought as I handed hubby his gift for ten years of marriage.
He looked puzzled as he opened the bag.
‘After we’ve eaten the shortbread we can put things in the tin,’ I smiled. He laughed.
After that we enjoyed a trip on the top of an open top bus in the winter sunshine – until the last five minutes when the heavens opened and we retreated downstairs. It was a great way to get our bearings on the city which I’m sure we will be visiting quite often.