A quick mooch in Blairgowrie

It was a beautiful sunny morning in Blairgowrie today, and as a break from writing I popped into the town for a quick tearoom visit with my delightful assistant, and a mooch round the charity shops.

I was sure I had mentioned today’s tearoom before in this blog, but it seems not. Unfortunately, because I thought I had, I didn’t take many photos today and I only had my mobile phone camera. However, in lieu of doing a fuller post at some point in the future, here’s a little taster.

I had my usual here, i.e. a big fruit scone and a decaf latte. The scones are generally quite large in this place but today they were huge. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever had a bigger scone anywhere. The photos don’t do it justice, but you could try imagining something the size of a pair of fists belonging to someone slightly larger than average. When I look at it here it looks barely bigger than one fist, which I can’t understand at all. I remember it well and it seemed massive to me.

The latte was topped with a fluff of foam on top projecting beyond the rim of the glass, a nice touch making me feel I’d got more than I’d paid for.

After our coffee and scones we waddled slowly down the street, popping in and out of charity shops, inspecting the teacups for sale. I nearly bought some with gold rims and yellow flowers on them and goodness knows why I didn’t take a photo of them, but perhaps it’s just as well that I’m not reminded of them too much.

The sun was shining brightly, right up until I took a photo of some crocuses, when it ducked behind a cloud. Even so they were still a blaze of colour brightening up the grey street.

For the last couple of years there’s been a gallery and shop in Blairgowrie set up and run by the artist himself, but sadly I noticed today that it’s closing down. It had this notice in the window. It would be a good deal to get one free painting, never mind an extra wee one to boot:

That’s it for today’s swanning around, but it was a very nice little break from staring at a computer screen.

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27 thoughts on “A quick mooch in Blairgowrie

  1. The scone looks yummy! And you reminded me that I’m starving and it is time for lunch.

  2. Now that I am starving… can you please mail me that scone… it looks divine.

  3. What a delicious looking scone! It does look big, more like a mini loaf. What is the treat in your header photo? It looks like the currant cake my mother-in-law used to make.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you thought it looked large. The treat in the header photo is known as a fruit slice or, as we used to call them when I was young, a fly cemetery (not a very appealing name, but it was very descriptive of the stack of dried fruit between the pastry layers that bears some resemblance to a load of dead flies).

      • I love the name “fly cemetery”. How very funny!!! My mother-in-law’s family is from Scotland. She gave me her recipe for Currant Cake, which is a layer of currant filling between two layers of pie pastry.

  4. As always, so tasty! Yum!. The crocuses are delightful!

  5. What a delightful way to spend a morning in Blairgowrie!

  6. I like Blairgowrie, and those crocuses are sublime. How sad about the artist closing his shop!

    • It is a shame, I think he probably just didn’t get enough passing trade. Or perhaps he’s retiring, I actually don’t know. I know he isn’t originally from Scotland so maybe he’s moving back home.

  7. Well I definitely think I’ve got some Scone envy going on! (do you think it’d be too mean for me to bake a fresh batch and tease the dental patient- might be a little too evil!) don’t those flowers look utterly cheery on that rainy day :)

  8. We plan a stop in Blairgowrie on our visit so will be on the lookout for this one.

    • There are several tearoom options in Blairgowrie and this one’s only been there for a year but it’s firmly established itself as a market leader in the area, it’s so nice.

  9. That latte looks absolutely amazing. I love my coffee. You sure know how to live! :)

  10. That is the cutest sign! And a great bargain, too…

  11. “A mooch round the charity shops”………I LOVE that phrase! Thrifting (which is what we call it here in the states) is one of my favorite pasttimes. What fun!

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