By Peter Kerr
The Kerr kin say see you later to their orange farm in Mallorca, and put it on the market after 3 years of labor. The Mallorcan adventure involves an finish with a farewell fiesta for neighbours and pals, filled with comedian shenanigans yet tinged with unhappiness. yet now starts the return-to-Scotland event, and what a cultural surprise is in shop. Welcomed again by means of family members, the Kerrs make plans to begin a deer farm on a distant hillside, the start of a interval of demanding situations and alter, of shopping for and restoring homes within the wonderful Scottish geographical region. in the meantime, Peter explores Scotland with clean eyes, traveling such locations because the 'Biarritz of the North' the place Robert Louis Stevenson used to vacation, and giving us an insider's view of the world-famous Edinburgh army Tattoo. there is by no means a lifeless second within the Kerr family.
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It was a safe bet that she wouldn’t be spared much, if any, of their pork chops, however. A scrap of buttered bread or a morsel of barbecue-baked potato would be her lot. A full moon was already rising above the mountains by the time the meal was being rounded off with fruit cocktails that Ellie had made from plums, pears, cherries and apricots, picked that evening from trees dotted here and there throughout the orange groves. Sandy stood up, patted his stomach, glanced up at the sky, then grinned, ‘Harvest moon, eh?
She handed me her basket, took me by the arm and led me towards the house. ’ Ellie never needed much of an excuse to eat out, so it had grown into a habit of ours in Mallorca, where it’s part of the way of life anyway and needn’t cost very much, if you go where the locals go. I shook my head, still playing her along. ’ I crooked a thumb back towards the ‘Se Vende’ notice on the gate. ’ Ellie wagged a finger at me, pointed into her basket, then pulled out a wad of notes from her shirt pocket. ’ I smiled expectantly.
Nah, don’t you worry. ’ Even Ellie’s brave attempt at a smile couldn’t hide her lack of confidence about that. She knew as well as I did that we lived in a part of the island in which land was becoming ever more sought after by property developers. There was even talk of a golf course being built on the outskirts of Andratx, less than a couple of miles down the road from where we were in the Sa Coma valley. If that came about, it would attract potential foreign residents to the area, which in turn would spawn the demand for expensive new houses.