Yesterday, the sun was shining gloriously in my part of the world.
Being keen to make the most of the fine weather, delightful assistant no.1 and I zipped off Kinross-wards, to the Loch Leven Heritage Trail.
Loch Leven has quite a bit to offer the visitor.
Not only is it a nature reserve of particular interest to birders, but there’s a castle in the middle of the loch where Mary Queen of Scots was once held captive. You can visit the castle via a small boat trip.
There are over 12 miles of level paths round the loch which are ideal for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and motorised scooters.
Perhaps best of all, to my way of thinking, Loch Leven’s Larder – a tip top food stop – sits near the banks of the loch and provides the ideal place for a tasty luncheon.
In order to make the most of the facilities, we parked in the Larder’s car park and went for a brisk walk to work up our appetites.
Tall reeds were growing in the marshy land beside the loch:
Their golden colour made me dream of summer.
The delightful assistant spotted some silkily soft pussy willow catkins. We stopped and stroked them, in time honoured fashion.
There were also some magnificent Scots pine trees, with their beautiful bark lit up by the sunlight:
Our walk did the trick, giving us the appetites we needed. I was close to desperate for a bite of something by the time we were sitting in the cafe perusing the menu.
I opted for one of the soups of the day, kale and potato, which came with not one, but two, pieces of deliciously fluffy freshly baked bread:
It was tasty, filling and no doubt very nutritious, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Delightful assistant no.1 also enjoyed her choice of toasted ciabatta with brie and chicken, which came with an interesting looking coleslaw and root vegetable crisps:
Loch Leven’s Larder is one of those places that has rather a mindboggling selection of sweet treats, and on this occasion the desserts included a special pudding of plum and apple crumble with custard.
Despite the temptation of that, and many other delicious looking items, I couldn’t – as I rarely can – get past the idea of a scone.
The scone options were as follows: fruit, plain, cheese and….chocolate and marshmallow.
I’m pretty sure that before yesterday I had never seen a chocolate and marshmallow scone. Although I did waver for a moment between that and the fruit scone, I grasped the nettle and plunged into new territory.
I teamed it up with a decaf cappuccino, while the delightful assistant settled for a lovely pot of tea and a ‘little taste’ of my scone.
I wasn’t at all sure how the marshmallow would manifest itself, but it appeared to be a sort of shiny hardened area that I’m afraid I haven’t photographed very well (it’s the slightly shiny bit beneath the pale bit to the left of the photo below):
Was it a success, this teaming of chocolate and marshmallow in a scone?
I don’t know how many excellent dining experiences I’ve chalked up now at this fine establishment, but I can assure anyone looking for a decent scone near Kinross that they’re sure to find something highly satisfactory at Loch Leven’s Larder.