We had a bit of a slow week – so slow I almost blogged about our new garbage service (something we and our neighbors are inordinately excited about) but I’ll spare you the details except to say that we no longer have to store our trash for four days before taking it out and we now have a recycling service available! But on Saturday we were invited up to Fife by Ian and Anna Bartholomew who we were connected with via a very circuitous route involving Scotty’s family. The Bartholomews are a lovely couple who are heading up the Scottish branch of Precept Ministries and offered to show us around their neck of the woods. So on Saturday mornings we boarded a train and headed north. They picked us up at the railway station and following a warming cup of tea we drove into the Fife valley to take a walk up to an ancient castle that belonged to the notoriously treacherous Campbell clan. The Campbells are best remembered for slaughtering the MacDonalds at Glencoe in the midst of a peace treaty meetings. Campbell castle is ideally situated on a hill with gorgeous views of the Forth Valley. We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch at the castle and had great conversation with Ian and Anna. The topics ranged from American politics to the UN to the decline of the British empire and much more. Although we arrived home chilled to the bone, we thoroughly enjoyed our day and it as good to get out of the city and enjoy the countryside.
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