Good Friday Outing

According to the weather forecasters on the BBC a few days ago, Good Friday was to be the best day of the Easter holiday weekend.

With that in mind, when Friday dawned bright and sunny, the delightful assistants and their chauffeur took themselves off in search of a little holiday outing.

Following a coffee break at the Birnam Institute, which gratifyingly yielded three more stamps on their loyalty card, they headed into northern Perthshire to see what they could find.

BI loyalty card

Along a quiet road they stopped and got out of the car for a leg stretch. Just off the road, behind a gate, a tempting looking track led up a small hill.


They set off up the slope with their trusty sticks, wondering where the track would take them.

up the slope

At the top of the first hummock they rounded a bend and found themselves approaching another, rather dilapidated, gateway.

dilapidated gateway

The ground was rough and stony, but an inviting grassy path ahead lured them onwards and upwards.

grassy path

They continued up the hillside, until the path petered out and they reached a windy plateau.


Having satisfied their curiosity about where the track went, they turned round and began rolling back down the hill. You can perhaps make out the tiny white jacket of delightful assistant no.1 to right of centre in the picture below.

rolling down

As they had noticed on the way up, some parts of their route were quite bumpy. The rough bits provided an excellent obstacle course for old people and they approached the challenge with their usual vigour and determination.

rough descent

Having successfully negotiated the obstacles, their thoughts turned to lunch. After some discussion they agreed to hotfoot it to Legends of Grandtully, a short drive away.

On arrival at the cafe, they spotted a vacant table in a sunny corner, and sat down under dangling ornaments suspended from the ceiling.

dangling ornaments

They ordered their selections from the menu and read quietly until the food appeared.

reading quietly

Delightful assistant no.1 chose a cheese, tomato and basil quiche, which came with crisps and a few salady bits. Delightful assistant no.2 and their chauffeur both went for parsnip and apple soup, which was dished up with a generous serving of deliciously soft seeded bread.

When they’d finished their tasty savouries, delightful assistant no.1 declined a pudding but accepted a pot of breakfast tea. Delightful assistant no. 2 chose a pot of Darjeeling tea and ‘cake of the day’ (carrot cake). After considerable deliberation, their chauffeur chose a slice of toffee apple cake and a pot of ginger chai.

Feeling replete and slightly soporific, the satisfied threesome ambled back to the car and made their gentle way home.



14 thoughts on “Good Friday Outing

  1. What a lovely Easter outing. Parsnip and apple soup sounds an excellent choice although I also love a good quiche. I wish you and the delightful assistants an enjoyable rest of the Easter weekend. Love the last photo of the sheep.


  2. How lovely, and beautiful photos too! Legends of Grandtully sounds as if it lives up to its name – we must get there one day! I love the sound of the toffee apple cake. Ah, but the carrot cake looks fabulous too…. So nice to get out for a refreshing walk in the spring sunshine. Now that the birds are singing and the flowers are out, the dark winter is hopefully just a memory!


    1. Thanks, Jo, I completely agree with you, it was lovely to get out for a walk in the spring sunshine. I can highly recommend Legends as a refreshment stop. Their thick hot chocolate and fruit slices are particularly good, but the savoury stuff is jolly tasty, too.


  3. You know, Visit Scotland (or whatever they call your tourist board?) should be paying you … Iam scrambling for the word, but feeling acutely how such payments are never enough … a subsidence? a penury? and pittance? … a stipend. Of some sort. You have such lovely places all around you, and the freedom to really enjoy them.


    1. Thanks, Trish, it would be nice if they did but I suppose so many people blog about Scotland that it would be impossible to pay them all. The freedom to roam certainly is a wonderful thing that I take for granted too often.


  4. I know it’s subsistence. I started calling it a subsidence when the government decided to cut our student allowances because we decided to get married 🙂 ages ago now. Actually ages ago this very day 🙂 But we survived, and moved upwards not down in the end 🙂


    1. Subsistence payments would be most welcome. I’d rather have those than subsidence payments, which don’t sound so appealing. Happy anniversary! 🙂


  5. Wonderful photos Lorna 🙂 I can see why the Delightful Assistants stopped where they did to investigate the path, it shouted out that it needed exploring. And now my curiosity has been sated! Lol! 🙂


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