Well the last day of June has held at least two surprises: sunshine, and this lovely book by Lorna McInnes! It’s aptly named because it really is a delight, and I wanted to show you. She’s done a fantastic job producing it. Look how beautifully packaged it is, with a sachet of tea (Lady Grey no less!) and a saltire sticker on a gold envelope:
The inside covers have some lovely photos that make me want to go to Perthshire, Angus and Dundee even more than I already did. And I was very amused by her “Tearoom I Spy” and word search:
I was a bit surprised that I hadn’t visited a single one of the 23 tearooms that she’s included, and I look forward to discovering them. Here’s a lovely map, which impressed me greatly, as I struggled to draw the maps in my own self-published May’s Diaries.
Lorna’s descriptions of each of her chosen tearooms are very enjoyable to read, and there’s all the information you could wish to know about each place. Lorna’s pretty line drawings and letterings are scattered throughout the text:
For the moment I’m not able to head out and explore the countryside, but I’ve very much enjoyed my armchair travelling this afternoon. This wee book is the perfect size to tuck away in the glove compartment or in your backpack, and at £7 I think it would make a great present for people who live in Scotland as well as lovers of Scotland abroad. I hope that Lorna will continue to scour the Scottish countryside for our benefit, and make this book Volume 1 of a series.