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.
The Scots have given a lot to the world, haven’t we? If you were to telephone a friend to arrange a train ride to the local hospital, where your partner was being treated with penicillin for a nasty infection, you would have to say many thank yous to the Scottish pioneers and inventors who made it all possible.
Scone Spy can be just a wee bit prickly if it’s bakes aren’t right. So we were not only relieved but thrilled to find The Tasty Thistle does us proud.
In my line of business you always have to have one ear to the ground for possible leads. So, when I heard there was a garden centre on Glasgow’s south side dishing out delicious baking, I was straight on the case.
This week’s scone-hunting trek took me back to my old chomping ground of Stirlingshire and the Hillfoots, a string of villages resting in the shadows of the Ochil Hills.
When the sun shines – which isn’t very often in Scotland – you have to grab the opportunity with both hands and enjoy it. My favourite thing to do when the forecast is good is to take a road trip somewhere off the beaten track.
They say you should never mix business with pleasure. But when you’re in the business of tasting scones, it has to be said there are few days in the working week that aren’t very pleasurable.
No matter how many far-flung places you have visited in the world, there’s nowhere quite as breathtaking or awe-inspiring as Scotland’s rugged coastline.
I do love a good nosy around other peoples’ homes. You can tell a lot about someone from the décor they choose, the artwork on the walls and the knickknacks scattered about.
Scone Spy was on Aberdeenshire’s leafy Royal Deeside for this latest green-fingered outing.