We set aside today for me to be able to spend some time at the archives to see what they might offer for my genealogy research. We had a lovely walk over there. The archives building is relatively new and very beautiful. The staff was helpful, but we had limited success in gathering information. What we were able to do is see some ordnance maps from about 100 years ago from the areas that my ancestors came from. This is the area of Freswick, which is where many of them lived. I wasn’t able to identify specifically where they lived from these maps, but maybe I will learn more about that when we head north to Wick tomorrow.
An unexpected bonus while there was seeing “The Cheviot, the stag, the oil and beyond”, which was a multi-media textile project completed about 10 years ago. It was a community art project that incorporated lots of different techniques, such as wet felting, quilting, embroidery, weaving, lacework and more. It was worked on by many different people with varying skill levels. The result is quite lovely. It is done in four panels, one to represent each of the seasons. It has transparent panels that lay over the main four pieces.
We headed back towards town along the River Ness. We saw someone fly fishing in the river (but we didn’t see him catch anything). On our way to the archives center, we saw a man working with his dog. He would throw a ball into the river, and the dog would retrieve it, bring the ball back, and then lay down waiting for the next throw. If the ball wasn’t dropped in the right spot, the man would say “no” and the dog would move the ball to the right spot. It was a very well trained dog, and we remarked about that when we passed by. A couple of hours later, we walked back from the archive center and they were still in the same spot, working away. He said that the dog would do this 24 hours a day if he could. Later that day, Brad ran into them yet again, finally done with their ball playing session.
We have been so impressed with dogs that we have seen out and about in the towns here. They are all so well behaved and they are calm around people and other animals. I think about our own Kaia and know that we need to do a lot more work with her in order to comfortably walk her in an urban setting! The most beautiful dog we saw was an interesting Labradoodle, whose father was a chocolate lab and mother was an apricot poodle.
We had a couple of meals out at restaurants that are recommended when you google best restaurants in Inverness. For lunch, we headed over to the Mustard Seed, where we tried to eat the other night. Many of the restaurants have a set menu, which usually means a starter and main dish for a set price. We had the lunch set, which gave us about 4 choices for each selection. I had a nice chickpea salad with a lime dressing and Brad had the Caesar. For the main selection, he had steak with peppercorn sauce and I had hake with lemon parsley butter and mashed potatoes. The food was OK, but the service was terrible.
Dinner was much better. We went to Cafe One, which Brad remembers from the last time we were here. We also were able to have the set menu, since we dined early. Brad had a beet salad, while I chose the haggis croquette. Mine was delicious!!
For the main meal we both chose the tagliatelle with salmon, along with a large glass of Rioja from Chile. It hit the spot. But dessert was the best! Raspberry cranachan (pronounced cranagan). Good thing we didn’t decide to share!