Wednesday, August 15, 2Can A Change Of Scene Spur Creativity?
“What are you thinking?”
Last November, my daughter Anne stared at me with a look of disbelief.This is a normal scenario for me.“I’d like to go back to Scotland, but I also want you and Heather to come.”
She nodded. “Well that’s going to take some planning.” I agreed knowing there would be more to it than just getting a plane ticket and hotels.. She picked up the phone and called Heather, her older sister, who almost immediately said yes.
My friend Susie said she hoped I came back full of ideas and enthusiasm to write.For the past few months, I had hit a wall in writing. It’s funny how this malady can sneak up on you causing self-doubt and second guessing. It throws one completely off course, happens at the most inopportune time, but forces you to look at what’s working and not working. There is nothing more soul killing than staying where you are and not moving forward with a plan and seeing where it leads you. At least that’s the way it is for me. So Scotland was my change agent. You may ask why Scotland. And what can I say? Spring like temperatures unlike the 108 degrees in Texas, a trip back in time with history everywhere, blooming flowers, friendly people, and for romance writers, men in kilts everywhere.
We landed in the hilly city of Edinburgh in the early afternoon, the first city on our tour, and breathed in the cool fresh air, temperature 65 degrees.
This old Victorian house was spotless. Rowena our hostess showed us to our tastefully decorated rooms. The extra touch was Phalaenopsis orchids in both rooms adding to the ambience.
After a short rest, we selected The Ship on the Shore at Leith for dinner. In our part ofTexas we don’t get seafood right off the boat as they do in Scotland .
We each chose a different type of seafood. I chose a platter and it had mussels,sardines, monk fish, brown crab, bass , shrimp and trout. I have never seen so much food. My daughters chose scallops, and salmon. It was a pricey meal but one of the best seafood dinners we had in Scotland.
“Tall masted sailing ships berthed at the Shore, while scores of crewmen loaded fish, coal, grain and hides for export to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Ships returned with wine, fruit, spices and cloth. As ships grew too large for this shallow river mouth the harbour was moved north but the buildings on the Shore still show evidence of the old port.” This description of the Shore, above, is taken from a notice board at the Shore erected by the City of Edinburgh District Council, Forth Ports Authority and the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.
We returned to our guest house and went to sleep with the noise of seagulls outside our windows.