Happy day, it’s the 100th time I’ve clicked publish and sent a letter out to you. Thank you for your encouragements, for letting my thoughts and photos fill a corner of your day; blogging has been a bucketful of delight.

The weather is lemon-drops and lollipops delectable outside, and I’ve been gallivanting about in various sweaters and boots in so much sun it’s almost overwhelming! This post isn’t organized around anything except those little treks, specks of lovely weather and life lately.

Happy (yester)day, I visited a local farm and its shop and cafe, and wrote about it on the Visit St Andrews blog. Click here for a brisk walkabout the farm with me. I was over the moon giddy with the traditional wooden farm tables, the lemon and honey tea, the sun streaming over happy cows and their happy fields to my table.What is there to do when you find a somethin’ new? I pulled my sweet husband over there again today for some puffy scones with clotted cream. Sold.

Happy days, and happy tummies, here’s what we’ve been downing lately. Breakfasts have been the usual porridges and yogurts, fresh eggs with island cheddar (cocktail trivia: eggs are not refrigerated in this country. As a friend pointed out, ‘that’s what the shell is for’.)Thanks to the local root veggies we’ve been delivered, I made some gluten free roasted carrot and parsnip gnocchi, with a dollop of lemon soft cheeseand my kind husband ate seconds. Next time, I’m holding the citrus for dessert. And as for that citrus dessert, thanks to my husband’s adoration of this genre, I made lemon panna cotta with mascarpone and maple syrup.Our days are full of emails and appointments, classes and cleaning, so we actually do more than walk and eat. But those refresh me, so those show up here more than the scrub-a-dubbing and note-taking.

Deeper than that, we have promises. My peace I give you. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Open wide your mouth, and I will fill it. They are always there, and yet I forget, I forget.

With honey from the rock, I will satisfy you. These mossy little worlds popping out of stone walls everywhere are my fave; perhaps there’s a kids’ book hiding somewhere here, something about life growing out of rocks.

12 Responses to 100!

  1. I wish we had a place even a fraction of a bit like Balgove.

  2. I love the splash and dash of yellow running through every photo. It brings it all together so brilliantly. Love it. :-)

  3. I posted our 100th today! Congrats! Love the photos of the plants growing from the rocks…

  4. Hi Alie,
    Thanks for commenting on my blog entries about Italy. It’s a great time of year to visit – have fun. I looked through your blog – it’s gorgeous! I’m deducting that you live in St. Andrew’s? Beautiful town. I also saw that you’ve been to Zermatt – isn’t that one of the most incredible places? I think I also saw that you’ve been to Kauai – definitely my favorite Hawaiian island, at least of the ones I’ve visited. I’m going to subscribe to your blog now! Thanks for stopping by mine. It’s always nice to find a fellow American expat living here in Scotland.
    -Becca

  5. oops, I meant to say lovely photos to get lost in.

  6. Congrats on your 100th post :) As always some very lovely posts to get lost in.

    I could use some scones with clotted cream about now, Lucky you! :)

  7. Oh what gorgeous photos- I could Sooooooooo live there. It just calls to me.

  8. Alison!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! I’d heard that you went off to Scotland for grad school but hadn’t heard the rest of the story. Your blog is beautiful and I’m so glad that you are so happy in love and in life. With Jenni in N. Ireland I feel like a part of my heart is always in the more rustic parts of Britain.

    Life here is beautiful as well, and the emotions of being a mother have flavored and in some ways overturned my perspectives on everything. But not all our days are guaranteed to go as we think they should, and right now I’m recovering from fractures in both my arms.

    Thank you again for commenting, and I know I’ll be back here…

  9. I love the groups of nine pictures in some recent posts. Does that have a particular name (niners? window pane view?)?

    • Collage. Of nine. :)

  10. That is magical… Love your photos.

  11. Alie– gorgeous photos! the “life growing out of rocks” collection is so beautiful and i’m really digging the sentiment behind it! congrats to you on 100 posts, cheers to the next 100 :)

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