Pumpkin & Maple Syrup Scones


I am applying to become a British Citizen. After living here for 20 years, paying taxes and national insurance contributions, having four children and eating a hell of a lot of scones I figured it was about time. Luckily it doesn’t affect my American Citizenship. I can be both. Which I kind of am already, passport or not.

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A little bit of Heaven x 2

1. Holiday in Scotland

Having packed a suitcase with mostly clothes and accessories better suited to the ski slops, it was slightly galling to find that our week in Scotland was besieged with sunshine! Who’d have thought. Particularly when our visit there in August had produced little more than rain and wind (okay the odd day of sun as my OH keeps reminding me). This has led me to think that Spring is the new Summer. Well at least on the British Isles. July and August seems to produce a lot of rain. So much so there is often flooding in parts of the country. Whereas Spring is sunny with only the occasional shower. Anyway, enough of the weather (wow I really have been here too long…).

Ardtornish Estate where we stayed is directly across from the Isle of Mull and is quite rightly described in the visitor’s book as something out of a Kiera Knightly movie. A step back in time, Ardtornish House was built in the late 1800’s and retains a large portion of its original features. On the ground floor, the servants entrance at the back of the house contains a wall of about 50 bells. Each one has a well-worn, almost illegible plaque underneath it that contains the name of the room it corresponds with. In each room is a small metal button (much like a “doorbell”) that rings down to one of the bells. They still work. Although, unfortunately, no servant is waiting to bring you your tea in bed!

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