One of the pleasures of being back in Edinburgh is the opportunity to be out and about with company. Much as I enjoyed time spent largely on my own in Uist, going for walks or hikes with company was a less common event than I might have liked. It is a joy, then, to be visiting places with my partner that we’ve been planning on visiting for some time. Most recently this was the East Neuk of Fife. Despite years of living just a stones throw away in Edinburgh, I hardly know Fife. The East Neuk was every bit as lovely as I’d hoped it would be. We visited quite a few villages and have amassed another list of places to return to and visit for longer. Anstruther for more fish & chips and to visit the Fisheries Museum. Pittenweem, to explore inside St Fillans Cave. To see Elie at high tide.
Best of all, for me, was the sight, sound and smell of the East Neuk so perfectly fitted what is evoked by so many of the Fence Collective musicians. I thought of this song by HMS Ginafore, covered by James Yorkston, as I wandered around Pittenweem.