My week’s holiday started on a somewhat sombre note with a funeral for a well-liked and much-respected former colleague.
While we were there to mourn his sudden death, his family had designed the service to be a celebration of his life and it was certainly that. In a tremendous act of couragehis young son stood in front of the packed church and amused us with the stories his dad had shared with him. Also bringing tears to my eyes and a smile to my face was the playing of The Proclaimers’ hit ‘Sunshine on Leith’ which gave the service a truly personal touch and was a great tribute to someone who’d been a music fan and a Hibs supporter all his life. The bravery shown by this family certainly put things in perspective for me last week.
Fine fare: At the end of my holiday I was lucky to be a guest at the St Andrews Food and Drink Festival held at Fairmont St Andrews. I have been lucky enough to eat some pretty good meals in the past, but this surpassed everything. The event brought together an award-winning team of chefs from Fairmont, the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews Links Trust and Rufflets Country House. Four giant egos and four amazing courses all using food produced in Fife!
It truly was an fantastic showcase for the Kingdom and its wealth of talent. Not only was the food superb with cheese souffle made from Anster cheddar and herbs from Pittenweem, followed by ‘Seriously Good’ venison reared in Auchtermuchty, a dessert including caramelised apple tarts made with apples from Newburgh’s orchards, all washed down with locally produced gin, beers, ciders and even whisky - nice at the time but not so much come Saturday morning!
Sombre scene: A night out in Glasgow with friends on Saturday brought the tragedy of the helicopter accident home. In a pub at the other end of the street from the Clutha Vaults we were able to see the scale of the devastation.