A good day for cherubs

As promised in my last post, I am about to present you with several skulls and a host of cherubs.

They were found in Glamis churchyard, a most interesting and slightly spooky place, even in broad daylight.

Before any of that, however, I would like to make up for not including any edible treats in my last post and am starting off here with a pavlova I made for pudding not so long ago.


Pavlova made with brown sugar meringue, whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries.

Back to the graveyard, and several skulls:


This skull was skulking at the foot of a headstone.


This one, complete with crossbones beneath, has been embedded into the wall outside the graveyard. I don’t know what it’s doing there or where it came from.


The skull projects quite spectacularly from the wall.


I found gazing into the emtpy stone eye sockets slightly disconcerting.

Another skull at the foot of a most elaborately decorated headstone:


A skull at the bottom and a cheery cherub up the top, with Masonic symbols in the middle and Corinthian pillars either side = a headstone and a half.

There seems to be something of a skull theme going on in Glamis.

In the nearby Glamis Castle, childhood home of the Queen Mother and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area, there is said to be a Room of Skulls.

This room, now walled up, tells a particularly nasty tale. It contains the remains of the Ogilvie family, who came to Glamis in the 15th Century seeking protection from their enemies. Instead of being welcomed and well treated by the castle inmates, they were put into a chamber and left there to await their demise.

On a cheerier note, how about some cherubs?

There were lots of them in Glamis churchyard, each with its own character and expression.







Last one (there were more but I realise I’m already pushing my luck):


The day I visited this graveyard, and the one in the previous post, was a day on which I had very little appetite due to feeling a bit under the weather.

My delightful assistant and I did partake of a little luncheon between graveyards, but I wasn’t in the mood for photographing it and in any case the interior of the cafe we had it in wasn’t conducive to photography, being rather dark.

However, I’m pleased to say that I have since indulged in a number of small treats, including a piece of deliciously moist gingerbread at the excellent Caoldair Coffee Shop near Laggan:


Delicious gingerbread with a mug of Darjeeling tea. The gingerbread had occasional nuggets of crystalised ginger in it, making it even more exciting.


An arresting sign on the road just before Caoldair.


Outdoor seating at Caoldair (there are tables inside, too).


Part of the interior at Caoldair, with all manner of things for sale including clothing, pottery, toiletries, cards and toys.

By the way, if you liked the look of the pavlova at the top of this post you might be interested to know that it’s been made into a note card and is available for puchase on Etsy, here, along with several other teatime-related cards, including the photo from the front of my Tearoom Delights book:


You might recall that I put four of my other cards for sale on ebay to see if they would sell in an auction. They didn’t sell there, but I have sold a few on Etsy, so thank you very much to my lovely customers.


32 thoughts on “A good day for cherubs

  1. Loved the photos, even the skulls, but I can be pretty weird. I hope you keep selling on Etsy. It may take a while to get established, as with any business, but your cards are beautiful. As you continue to add new images to the inventory, I think you will develop a devoted following as you have here on your blog. Good luck!

    • Thanks Kathleen, that’s a very encouraging comment. I’m still new to Etsy and haven’t quite worked out how best to do things yet but it seems a nice place to be. There’s a lot of wonderful stuff on there, you could easily go mad with splashing the cash.

  2. Gosh, Lorna, so much to say and where to start?! That gorgeous pavlova looks worthy of any cookbook, and the photography is also amazing! I am delighted to see the new cards in your Etsy shop – some of my favourite photos there, and I am sure they will be popular. I wonder if any of the tea rooms would be interested in stocking them?

    The skulls in Glamis would probably freak me out – not that I mind them as a rule, but there seems to be quite a lot of them, and 3D as well – not sure about this! Especially the one inset into the wall. Their skull-sculptor seems to have been a lot more ambitious than their cherub-sculptor. Perhaps they started off with cherubs and graduated to skulls. I don’t know if skulls have any special meaning (other than death, of course) but I read somewhere that an upright hourglass meant that the person had died at an old age, but if the hourglass was on its side they had died a premature death. I have seen hourglasses before, and not taken much notice.

    The Caoldair Coffee Shop looks lovely, as does their gingerbread. I do hope you are feeling better now, by the way! No more skulls for a while! šŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Jo! That skull in the wall was a bit freaky, and not far off actual size. It was hard to believe it was made of stone, it seemed so lifelike. I didn’t know that about the hourglass but I’m very interested to learn it because I’ve noticed a few on their side and wondered why that might be.

      Caoldair is a great little place in an area where there really isn’t anything else of the sort around. The lady who owns it has been running it for over 20 years now and they always have lovely home-made cakes, as well of plenty to look at in the shop.

      I’m feeling fine now, thank you, and that’s an idea about selling cards in tearooms. I have been wondering about it.

  3. Delightful treats, skulking skulls and cherubic cherubs and countryside. What a diverse post indeed. I can see you’re a woman of many interests Lorna, dare I say your lovely pavlova piqued my interests first šŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Alice, I’m glad you liked the pavlova. šŸ™‚ Meringue is a nice easy thing to make, isn’t it, but you can make it look quite good with just a little decoration.

  4. I’d like to think that the cherubs represent the promise of an afterlife, since there are so many skulls reminding us of the inevitability of death. I kinda like how beautiful and spooky they are. It’s like an other-worldly art gallery. And speaking of other-worldly…that pavlova looks sensational!! I’m sure even the angels want a chunk of it. :0)

    • Thanks, Lucinda, I expect they have a few treats up there in heaven – it wouldn’t be heaven otherwise, would it? I’m sure cherubs do represent an afterlife, they’re certainly reassuring thing to see on a headstone.

  5. The pavlova looks spectacular! That is a great photo for your cards.
    What an interesting graveyard. And I do like the sign “coffee cakes and other things signage”…that’s certainly clear to anyone wondering where to get coffee cake!

  6. Sorry to hear that you were under the weather. Hope you’re back to full health and strength now. And I have to agree with your other correspondents that the pavlova does look mighty fine!

    • Thanks, David, it wasn’t anything too drastic, just a little bug of some kind. Since I’m quite capable of putting away large chunks of pavlova, gingerbread and endless other treats now I think I’m pretty much back to normal.

  7. Love the juxtaposition of skulls and Pavlova :-). The skull headstones…interesting to think about a time when this was a standard decoration. Kind of morbid from today’s view, but again, I think they’re wonderful. Not to be morbid myself, but I feel as if I should start designing my own stone (for long, long hence…).

    • I suppose they could be said to be a bit morbid but, like you, I enjoy the artistry and quirkiness of them. I’ve been wondering about designing a headstone, too, you could have quite a bit of fun with it. I’m not sure if I’d want a skull but a cheerful cherub would be most welcome. I’d love to see your design. šŸ™‚

  8. The pavlova looks so yummy. You already know I love all the unique headstones; skulls, cherubs and all. The new cards look wonderful. I sure love mine and will probably order more later. My husband was also very impresed with them. My friends and I have stopped exchanging gifts but we still like to send each other a card now and then.

    • Thank you kindly, Darlene, I’m so pleased the cards reached you okay and have proved acceptable. I certainly value your custom. It’s nice to get a card or letter through the post in this day of emails and texts, I still send cards to my chums, too.

    • Thanks, Alison. I didn’t reach a piece of crystalised ginger until near the end and then I got two bits, which was a nice surprise. I must remember that idea for making my own gingerbread.

  9. Oh those cherubs are fabulous! Thanks for another graveyard stroll. My children LOVED Glamis castle for the ghost stories. There is an atmosphere around there for sure.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better now, and really pleased that you’ve got these pretty cards for sale on etsy. I agree, you’ll find a following there.

    • Thanks, Christine. I think Glamis Castle is one of my favourite Scottish visitor attractions, it’s a wonderful place and – as you say – full of spooky tales.

      I like Etsy, it’s easy to use and there are so many interesting and unusual crafts by other people on there; it’s inspiring.

  10. Oh I completely forgot to let you know that your book came from Amazon a few days ago (losing track of time as I pack up my life – ). So they obviously had a copy, unless they came over to raid your stack?

    • Thank you for mentioning it, I think I know where they must have got it. I’ve had occasional orders from a distributor and I assumed they were for specific orders but they bought two copies once and maybe the second was a spare that went into Amazon’s stock.

    • I would like to think there might be a pirate lurking beneath one of those skull and crossbones. šŸ™‚ I had that feeling about the stone skull, it seemed to be watching me – a bit eery!

  11. Hi Lorna – came across this webpage with my mum, the owner of Caoldair Coffee Shop. Really glad you enjoyed your stop and the cake. Please make yourself known to Lynda when you next stop by! Thanks Jake

    • Hi Jake, thanks for dropping in and leaving your comment. Caoldair is a wonderful place! I’ve had some truly delicious cakes there, and filling lunches. My parents are known to your Mum, at least by sight, as they love going up to Laggan and calling into your coffee shop for something tasty (she might recognise them from pictures, here: http://lornastearoomdelights.com/the-delightful-assistants/). I’ll show them your comment and get them to say hello next time they’re in and I’ll do the same myself next time I’m up that way, although it’s not all that often, unfortunately. Please pass on my thanks to your Mum for such a great little cafe, it’s a real jewel where there’s not much else to be had in the way of eateries.

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