It reached 27 degrees at the end of last week. For Scotland that's unusual. This morning there's a layer of thin cloud which makes our walk along the beach 'refreshing'. We meet the regular dog walkers . It's taken 10 months but we've moved beyond the 'Good Morning' stage to the 'Isn't this weather wonderful ' level of greeting .
Outside the cottage on the coast a port-a-loo and a skip share the courtyard with piles of plasterboard and new drainage pipes. Out of sight in the farmers field beyond the fence are sixty sacks of cement. The builders will be working all this coming week and then stopping for a two week holiday. While they're away the decorators will come in and the electricians will run a power line to the site of the planned garden room . It is possible that everything will be done and in place by mid-July bar the worktops which for inexplicable reasons can't be fitted until early August. This would be a full three weeks earlier than scheduled. After three weeks of being incommunicado the joiner has reappeared and is promising to install the additional bookcases in the house in town. 'I'll be there on Tuesday' he says cheerily.
On our way home we pass a group of harried looking Buddhist monks.
Buddhist monks unloading a yurt from the top of a van are not something that's seen every day in Scottish coastal towns. Half a dozen dog walkers stop and observe proceedings. Angus joins them. In a small town you can't be choosy - you take your entertainment where and when it's offered.
Scottish seaside towns are big on ice cream. This is probably the most famous :https://nardinis.co.uk/, this is our local : https://jannettas.co.uk/ and of course the French always manage to come up with flavours no one else thinks about :https://berthillon.fr/