Having published my first tearoom guidebook a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been feeling a bit lost.
It was great to get the book published after writing it, but there was a feeling of deflation once it had rolled off the presses. I’ve spent the past two weeks distributing and selling it (which I don’t find easy, or particularly pleasant) and now I want to get back to writing again.
I fully intend to continue my series of Tearoom Delights, but after spending 6 months on the first one, I feel I’d like to do something a bit different before the next one.
I’d been puzzling over this, wondering what to write next, when I had the idea of writing a travel book.
The book, as it’s shaping up so far (I’ve only written the introduction and the first chapter) is a bit about tearooms and a bit about other things that interest me on my little outings hither and thither. It’s rather like this blog I suppose, but without the supporting photographs, so I’ll be relying on descriptive text more than I do with my blog.
I’m a big fan of armchair travelling, letting someone else go and see places and report back through the pages of a book, although admittedly such books are usually full of thrills and spills, hardship and endurance, and a dearth of reliable cups of tea.
The sort of travel book I’m writing is slightly different from that, considerably less alarming and eventful, and quite possibly more dull.
Is there a market for this sort of book? I have no idea, but then I had no idea if there was much of a market for a guidebook to tearooms and I wrote it anyway. Sometimes, when something grabs you, you feel compelled to run with it, whether or not it looks like a good idea to anyone else. This has, admittedly, been my downfall on many occasions, but my thinking is that if you don’t try, you’ll never know.
Chapter 1 is all about Aberdour, a village in the Kingdom of Fife that boasts many interesting attractions, including one of the oldest castles in Scotland, one of the oldest churches in Scotland, and a prize-winning railway station. Here are a few pictures to give a taste of the place.
St Fillan’s Church, dating back to 1123:
Inside the church:
The lovely lane leading to the church from the street:
An exquisite bit of stone carving on one of the many interesting headstones in St Fillan’s graveyard:
An impessive beehive-shaped dovecot in the garden of Aberdour Castle:
What’s left of Aberdour Castle, the oldest parts dating back to the 12th Century. The big chunk in the foreground fell off at some point:
The most complete part of the castle:
One of the beautifully kept platforms at Aberdour railway station:
A street leading down to the beach: