Tuesday, 26 February 2013

'Cherche du pain' at the world's end...

Photo by Dickelbers
We were invited to drop in on some new French friends who are renovating 'the family home' just outside Le Grand Pressigny and although they are up to their neck in projects they took time out to feed us sparkling wine and cake - a great combination, don't you think?

The photograph above is not of their house (the sea on the horizon probably gives it away) but it is of the house that claims to be the most northerly of  mainland Scotland. I've included it as our friends reminisced about a trip they made in a campervan around our lovely country. They said they had driven north as far as they could and indeed at one point they had to turn back...they commented on how remote the place was.

It reminded me of a story my friend Bert tells of when he first sought the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish Highlands in a family home in a very remote spot. Its situation however was supported by a very small village shop where you are served by a charming old lady. On Bert's first trip to buy bread he was asked, after exchanging the usual pleasantries,  "Would you be wanting yesterday's bread or today's bread"
" Oh I think I'd prefer today's"  says Bert, only to be told " Well for that young man you'll have to come back tomorrow!" -  it was that remote!!

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