House Sitting in Dunfermline – And Loving It

We’re settling in to our house sitting job, learning the routine and getting more comfortable with the animals. The cats are easy, they sleep most of the day, occasionally want to go outside, and they come running when you open a cat food package.

One of them, Cara, is a friendly and feisty thing. She comes downstairs a few times a day to play with us, meowing and purring while running figure eights around our legs. She likes to have her chin and head rubbed, and loves to pretend to chomp on Brian’s fingers while he rubs her belly.

Alfie is the higher maintenance pet. Considering that we barely even see two of the cats all day long, this isn’t saying much. He is the laziest dog I’ve ever met! Granted, he is eleven years old, but even for a senior citizen he is really slow, and the sweetest thing you’ll ever meet. Every day we take him out for his walk to stretch those short little legs of his.

Today it was a trip to a local park. Town loch is not too far away, and his parents let us know he likes it there. He seems to have good taste, so we went to take a look.

Alfie was right, it’s beautiful.

It’s a small loch, only a mile around, so just the right size to wear the old boy out. It’s actually a water skiing lake, with ramps and buoys, but it’s also full of ducks and wildlife.

There is a golf course next door (of course there is, it’s Scotland), and a big variety of water birds.

The brand new baby ducks were adorable, of course.

Brian said this Great Crested Grebe was endangered and nearly hunted to extinction, and we saw three. It’s nice to know they’re making a come-back.

Our favorite sighting though? Swans and their cygnets! The parents were being very protective though, so we couldn’t get very close. The one on the left puffed out his wings and started heading right for us. The last thing we wanted was for poor Alfie to be molested by a swan that was twice his size, so we backed off and went around. Alfie looked grateful.

So we made our way around the loch, saying a cheery “Good morning” to half a dozen other walkers and their dogs too, enjoying the scenery and the sound of wee Alfie, huffing along at his snail’s pace with us.

While it was overcast and grey, it wasn’t very cold. I managed to stay comfortable in just jeans, a long sleeved shirt and a long sweater. I didn’t even need my rain coat. We’re a long way from Brazil, that’s for sure. I keep forgetting that it’s high summer and that it’s not going to get much warmer. It feels like winter to me, and all the flowers in bloom seemed out of season.

This Scottish weather is going to be a serious adjustment for me, just wait until the dead of winter with only six hours of daylight and the occasional snowfall. I’m cold already just thinking about it.

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8 Responses to House Sitting in Dunfermline – And Loving It

  1. Angela
    Twitter: Acook2121
    July 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    You know I had to comment right? Still cant believe you are in Dunfermline (my home town) and i am loving the pics of Townhill Loch and Canmore Golf Course, Graeme and I lived to the East of here and we used to ride our bikes or walk along a trail to these very spots all the time, loving your blog right now, lol
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      July 9, 2012 at 2:36 am #

      I knew you would comment! And I’m glad you like the photos. I hope I’m not making you too homesick!

      We have another week here, and are trying to see something new every day. Stay tuned, I’ll have lots more photos!
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  2. Nancy B. July 9, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    6 hours of daylight in winter??? OMG, I can’t imagine. I’ve got goose bumps just thinking about it. (I promise to appreciate how “long” our short days of winter are from now on.) Yes, you will have quite the adjustment. Talk about extremes……. From tropical Brazil to the semi frozen north. Girl, what you will do for love!

    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      July 9, 2012 at 2:38 am #

      Oh, Nancy, be very happy for your California winters! I miss those days.

      And don’t worry, I tell Brian every day how lucky he is to have me, and he appreciates what I’ve gone through for him, lol. Let’s see if he still appreciates me when I put my frozen feet on him come January. :0)
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  3. Mary-My Life in Scotland July 9, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    My husband was born and raised in Venezuela and it was a huge adjustment when he moved here to Scotland. He had to buy a coat! It takes some getting used to.

    The lack of daylight in the winter is a struggle, I’m not gonna lie. When you get to work when it is still dark and then leave work and it’s dark again…it is just hard to get the sunshine that you need. But, it is OK. i’ve made it each year.

    Looks gorgeous there! Love your pictures!
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    • akil3655
      Twitter: kiltandacamera
      July 9, 2012 at 2:42 am #

      This is a massive change from South American weather! I have tons of sympathy for your husband. Mine is born and bread Scottish, so he’s feeling right at home.

      Those short days in winter are really going to be tough, but I’ll figure it out. Probably with the help of lots of chocolate. For now I’m loving the long, long days. It’s so strange to see daylight out the window at 10pm. It’s all another adventure, isn’t it?

      Glad you like the pictures!
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  4. Cherina
    Twitter: quietwanderings
    July 10, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Peg and Brian, this place is just gorgeous! I am so jealous of you living in bonnie Scotland – I do miss it so.

    The Scottish winters are pretty chilly, I admit, but it can also be SO beautiful. I remember that the winter skies were often really amazing and we still did loads of hiking etc during the winter months (under the safety of lots of layers of course!)

    Chocolate. Yes, you will need chocolate. And it could be good time to start enjoying a Scottish whiskey every now and then too ;)
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  5. akil3655
    Twitter: kiltandacamera
    July 10, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Brian has been slowly teaching me about Scottish whisky for a few years. I think winter will be a perfect time to tour the distilleries and learn some more! Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to put a big bar of chocolate in our picnic basket for those days. :)

    Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to the winter. We have some really fun things planned (top secret, as my daughter doesn’t know what adventures we have in store for her when she arrives in January), and the dark cold days will be perfect for snuggling with a good movie and a glass of wine. I can enjoy all of that from beneath my many, many layers of clothing!
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