Rabbits to the rescue

Yesterday my lovely assistant and I headed off to one of our many local antiques centres to take morning refreshments. It’s not just one antique shop, this place, it’s like a huge aircraft hangar full of different antiques companies, each selling their wares in their own little area. There are specialist sellers of furniture, books, pictures, jewellery, ornaments, postcards, clothing, china, cutlery, and a lot more besides.

It’s so big that my assistant and I, having mooched off in different directions for a while, then spent about 10 minutes just trying to find each other again. There was no mobile phone reception so we couldn’t even text or ring each other. Fortunately, they have a tannoy system so if I hadn’t found her when I did I might have gone to the front desk and ask them to put a call out; I feel sure this must happen to missing companions frequently.

Anyway, before all that happened we took ourselves into the tearoom:

I only had my mobile phone camera on me, but I snapped away all the same. The cafe here is more of a restaurant really, with a large dining area and a very nice lunch menu, but there are a few sofas as well, and we flopped onto a couple of them and ordered English breakfast tea (me), an Americano (my delightful assistant) and a cream scone between us. The nice waitress even brought us an extra plate and extra cutlery:

Cream scones are not something I allow myself to have very often, but I just felt in need of a little treat on this occasion, and since we were sharing one it wasn’t so bad. I was a bit unsure about the cream at first, it being that air-filled fluffed up stuff, but in fact it slipped down a treat with the strawberry jam.

En route to the toilets, I noticed some antlers being put to good use:

After our refreshments, and before we lost each other, we enjoyed a leisurely amble round some of the antiques stalls. Quite often when I’m out for a walk, especially on a warm summer’s day nowhere near a tearoom, or sitting in the garden feeling extremely lazy, I dream of having a butler appear out of nowhere with tea on a silver tray, something like this:

Ideally I would like him to present me with a pretty cake stand full of small sandwiches, scones and dainty cakes, but failing that I might be interested in chocolate bars full of sweets:

Especially the one full of chunks of Cadbury’s Twirl, although I worry that the background chocolate might not be as good as the Cadbury’s bits:

On the way out of the antiques centre I passed this beautiful old till, which isn’t used as a till any more but adds a bit of class to the reception area:

I wanted to visit a tearoom in the very Scottish sounding town of Auchtermuchty and in order to work up an appetite for lunch we had a little walk in the hills above the town.

On our way to park the car on a quiet bit of road we passed a garden with a notice in it that caught my eye. I am very fond of rabbits and this little sign made my day:

I was quite surprised to find that they have a website (my assistant thought that perhaps it was put up by an indulgent parent with a rabbit-loving child) and that it appears to be a well established little business. The website contains advice about keeping rabbits that was completely new to me (although I’ve never kept real rabbits, myself). This advice includes the following:

“Your Rabbit needs daily exercise outdoors in the sunshine. Around 4 hours a day is best, maybe split up into morning and evening. Remember to give them a bolthole to run into if they want to hide and also a shady spot if they get too warm. Your rabbit may be cooler in their hutch in a shaded place in the garden when it is very hot. Supply some toys for them to play with, and lots of fresh water. Provide tunnels for them to play hide and seek and watch them have fun.”

Some of the toys suggested for rabbits are: old telephone books, plastic keys and rolled up newspaper. I was particularly surprised to learn that 99% of a rabbit’s diet should be hay and that you should not feed your rabbit with lettuce. I thought lettuce was a close second to carrots when it came to what bunnies like to munch, but it seems I’ve been misguided for all these years. Even carrots, apparently, should only be given in small amounts as a special treat.

Beyond the rabbit rescue place we had a walk along a small road. It was a very dull dark day but I took a few photos in the gloom:

I always like a dry stone wall:

I thought this looked an interesting house. It had a new bit added onto the right hand side, but I left that out of the photo because it didn’t really enhance the building, to my mind:

It was quite an energetic walk and by the end of it I was very ready for a bite to eat in Auchtermuchty.

It often astonishes me that people manage to get through the posts on this blog, because I’m afraid they do tend to drag on and become quite intolerably long. In light of that fact, I’m going to save the Auchtermuchty tearoom for a separate entry.

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18 thoughts on “Rabbits to the rescue

  1. Gorgeous discovery as always, I often watch antique roadshow and marvel at the things people uncover after the years. I can’t imagine an airplane bunker filled with antiques but itd be a perfect Saturday afternoon. Bonus, chocolate filled with Twix, who’d have thought it possible!!!

    • Thank you! It is an amazing place to wander round, there’s so much to see, whatever you’re particularly interested in. They even have some places selling brand new stuff: a clothes shop, cards, food, furniture, etc. It’s massive. I was delighted to see those slabs of chocolate filled with sweets :)

  2. A splendid, interesting day as usual! Who knew rabbits eat hay? I suppose that’s what the rabbits around here must be eating as there isn’t much else right now. PS those candy bars look spectacular!

    • Thank you, I know, isn’t it strange about the hay? I find it hard to believe but then I’m no rabbit food expert. I thought the candy bars were a great idea.

  3. I am a fan of hanging things on antlers, must be the southern girl in me:]

  4. Your posts are not too long. They are interesting and you always seem to have snippets of information in amongst the fabulous food. I enjoy reading them.

  5. Lorna, we would like to visit that antique centre and tearoom/restaurant when we are away in our motorhome but I didn’t read its location in the text! Can you let me know where it is, please! Another great post! Now to Auchtermuchty, which I know very well!

    Cheers

    John

    • I’m keeping the locations secret to lure people into buying my book! However, if you look for antiques near Perth on Google you’ll find it :)

  6. Another great post! and guess what – I’ve been one of those people who has had to tannoy their husband to be reunited,! It is so appropriate that the rabbit rescue place is near by as this tearoom/restaurant/shop is a warren, I could spend hours there! I have recommended it to so many of my friends over the years.

    Good to see they’ve increased the number of sofas for tea and cakes :) and lovely to see there is a walk close by as well, we’ll need to stop there the next time we head south.

    • Ha ha, I’m delighted to hear that they do put out a tannoy for people! You really can lose track of time in there can’t you? From memory I thought there were only 2 or 4 sofas so I was very pleasantly surprised when I went the other day and saw so many. I think there were 8 altogether. That walk is just on the outskirts of Auchtermuchty, I think it’s just a white road on the map.

  7. it’s one of my dreams to visit Scotland! love all the photos, especially of the gray sky ;) and of the dry rock walls! love your blog! :)

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