The past few days, I visited Crail, Scotland. Clearly, this was a very cool bucket list type moment for me. Crail is a tiny, fishing village on the East Coast of Scotland, in the kingdom of Fife. For you geo-geeks, click here.
I stayed at a really cute B&B called the Honeypot (where else would a Bee stay?), where the owners, Graham and Edna, took the best care of me. Edna bakes the BEST scones in the world.
This picture makes me really happy, because the table cloth is the same print that the curtains in my Albuquerque house were in 🙂
I personally think there is nothing better in the world that a REAL egg. You know, one that comes from a chicken that doesn’t live in a pen. An egg where the yolk is bright orange instead of that weird yellow-ish orange yolk that you get from store bought eggs. And bacon that doesnt come in uniform slices… because it’s just cured meat, and not weird nitrate chemical crap. *Steps off soapbox*
Besides the fact that this is the first time I’ve had a room to myself since I left the farm, and the first time I’ve had my own bathroom since I left home, this place was like heaven on earth.
So, let’s talk more about the city that gave me my name! Crail was originally Caraile, deriving from ‘carr’ and ‘all’, which both means rock. Moral of the story, I’m solid as a rock.
The village of Crail was started in the 12th century. The west peir was designed by Robert Stevenson, the author Robert Lewis Stevenson’s grandpa (now aint that something!). In the summer they sell fresh lobster at the harbor.
Everyone in the village was super friendly, and some were very impressed with my last name. Apparently, there aren’t any Crail’s in Crail. Well, except for this guy.
One day, I spent the afternoon playing on the rocks while the tide was out, and then watched the tide come in. It’s actually surprising how quickly the tide comes it. It was really lovely.
Graham, the owner of the B&B, is also one of the organizers for the Crail Food Fest, and he introduced me to a beer that was originally created for the fest last year, but became a hit, so it stayed around. I love that the town of Crail is dedicated to local and sustainable products!!
Don’t we all?