The whole town was buzzing with a most wonderful festival, Alyth Creates – a whole weekend of celebrating local Art, Culture, Music and the Outdoors. Whatever your interests and hobbies, there was something here for you. Visitors came from all over Scotland and abroad. We met a group of friends from Glasgow who were celebrating a Henny – no rabbit ears or angel wings for them – rather a ceramic workshop followed by a gin-tasting session. Sounds delightful!
We toured the town with family who had come to stay. The sun shone down on us, everyone was, unusually for a Scottish June day, able to put on their shorts, slap on the sunsreen and stroll around the streets, leisurely seeking out the different venues.
First stop was the Yarn Bombing in the square.
The dull old lamp posts and fences had become a riot of colour, adorned with bright knitting and crocheted patterns. There were even bumble bees and Highland cows tied to a sign. What a novel idea.
Next was the visit to a local potter where a kiln had been erected in the garden, ready to blast our glazed tiles pots and turn them into something special.
En route to the Town Hall to see the work of local artists and craft workers we heard about the ghostly tour taking place in the graveyard, complete with a talking coffin. A whacky idea for a sunny afternoon.
There were surprises at every corner. A little steam engine puffing its way down the main street, a Jacobean soldier addressing us from the bridge or the hunt for the wild boars.
And for the more sporty among us was the choice of cycling or running events – both around the countryside outside the town. Not to forget the archery.
What a culturally rich place to live and what a wonderful, vibrant town to come and learn English.