Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sizzling In St Andrews

We’ve been regular visitors to St Andrews ever since we first drove daughter Sarah up to start university here about fifteen years ago and “sizzling” is not a word that immediately springs to mind in association with this lovely place. But “sizzling” is exactly what it has been for the last couple of days with temperatures rising into the high twenties, ice cream parlours working overtime and the editor of the local paper no doubt working on his “Phew What A Scorcher” headlines to be accompanied by photos like this of not only hundreds of people on the fabulous beach but many of them actually IN THE WATER.

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the sunshine and set out on our bikes for a pleasant ride up to Allanhill where there’s a great café with lots of open-air seating and these amazing views of St Andrews.

After the climb up to Allanhill it was all downhill to the coast where the hordes were enjoying the three lovely St Andrews beaches.

After the ride we headed to nearby Craigtoun Park where I rowed the family around the boating lake (note the natty life jackets – health and safety gone mad).

Rose loved playing in the woods.

The weather forecasters said that it would be wet today but could not have been more wrong as we woke to clear blue skies stretching to the horizon. We went to Perth with Sarah, Rose and Melody to see the Peppa Pig live show – great fun for kids.

The glorious weather continued after the show so we decided to head for somewhere to eat lunch outside. We settled for Rufflets Country House Hotel just outside St Andrews. We had a very nice lunch on the terrace and the kids were able to run around without spoiling other diners’ enjoyment of their meals.

After that I had another ride on the bike. The forecast remains good for tomorrow (which probably means it will be pouring with rain) so maybe we can find time for another bike ride before starting to get packed and ready to head back home to Framlingham.