Long time no see

Oops! I missed out on Illustration Friday and Manic Monday. Sorry about that but the Scotsman took me on a spontaneous trip to his home country. I spent a weekend in Scotland! Woohoo! We strolled around the Highlands visiting Hadrian’s Wall, he in a tweed jacket, me in a hat shaped like an angry chicken (this is true!), ate a Fish Supper (in other countries known as Fish ‘n’ Chips) and saw every single sheep in existence. (The sheep population there beats the human population by 1.3 million.) And lots of beef on a hoof aka cows. It was absolutely brilliant. The grass is so much greener than here in Germany. Lush, my Scotsman calls it. Every single river carries salmon and trout, hence the world’s famous angler magazine Trout & Salmon.

One of roughly 6.5 million Scottish sheep.

One of roughly 6.5 million Scottish sheep.

The best bit was the spa hotel in Englandshire, though. It looked very nice and taken care of from the outside. The Scotsman had to tinkle and we were all a bit peckish, so we stopped there and asked some nice ladies, if we could have a small lunch and use the bathroom. Of course we could. On our way trying to find the café, we had to pass this labyrinth of corridors and wooden doors with gold knobs. When we passed what looked like a ballroom where the door was only half closed, we saw a small group of elderly people, clapping at what appeared to be a dancing couple; but as we came closer, we could see further into the room and realised that there was nobody on the dance floor. As soon as the music stopped playing, the Scotsman turned round and said ‘Where’s the kid on the tricycle?’, and every time we had to open another door, I thought there might be two girls standing, pale faces, light blue dresses, whispering ‘Play with us.’ The sandwiches were really tasty there. I would recommend the place to you, should you ever be in that area but we are all quite sure the whole building, including the putting green and the framed photograph of Jack Nicholson holding a whiskey glass in the dining room, evaporated as soon as we left.

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