We are gazing out over the Atlantic Ocean and the uninhabited Monach Isles in the distance. Light spills and bathes our table in a glow as warm as the welcome we are about to receive.
I have two great loves in my life. One you already know about (the clue’s in my title). The other, is paddle steamers!
Happy New Year, my scone-loving friends! We’re only a few days into a new decade and a good friend of mine is already on the brink of breaking her New Year’s resolution.
Unicorns are one of the biggest trends of 2019. The magical rainbow-haired creatures are everywhere, from key rings, cups and cushions to full-sized electric ride-ons.
Christmas shopping isn’t just shopping, it should be classed as an Olympic sport. Sprinting round the shops, diving to grab the last thing on that list off the shelf, boxing your way to the tills, weightlifting heavy bags…and that’s before the real gymnastics of balancing the bills.
I’m a great believer in never judging a book by its cover.
Scone Spy: The Terrace at Mallaig’s West Highland Hotel is where baking and views rise to the occasion
We’re at the end of The Road to the Isles. Scone Spy has travelled hundreds of miles to Mallaig’s West Highland Hotel to sample its luxury afternoon tea and drink in what are arguably some of the best views on the planet.
Scone Spy: Delicious baking and beautiful scenery, who woodn’t beat a path here to the Ardardan Tearoom?
Back in the day, Joe Public wouldn’t dream of venturing on to a farm unless they were strawberry picking or indulging in some tractor spotting (or is that just me?).
American comedian and actor W.C. Fields declared you should never work with children or animals – and after battling through a day filled with both, I can’t help but agree.
Although I keep my Scone Spy alter ego strictly incognito, it is slightly more difficult to hide my voluminous midsection and, with it, my love of food.
For those of a certain vintage, The Soup Dragons are a 1980s alt-rock band from Lanarkshire who briefly shone with their cover of The Rolling Stones’ hit I’m Free.