Today I was playing at Seton Collegiate Church. I hadn't played at this venue for a couple of years, and I'd forgotten how lovely it is and how well it suits a summer ceremony. It feels so spacious and airy, and I love the way the light comes through the coloured glass of the large windows. With the high ceiling, the acoustic was brilliant: the clarsach was sounding with a lovely ringing tone.
Although the couple had arranged to host their main reception elsewhere, there was time for a few drinks on the lawn outside the chapel, and so I picked up my clarsach and re-positioned myself outside to continue to play.
The chapel is a fair distance from the carpark. Well, actually, it's no distance at all I suppose - but it certainly feels it when you are carrying a heavy clarsach! Thankfully, on my way back to the car, the wonderfully helpful Lesley (from Historic Scotland, who run the site) gave me a helping hand by literally carting some of my kit for me... in her trusty wheelbarrow!
On a totally different note, last weekend I was in Wales. Amongst other things, I visited a wonderful cheese-maker (bizarrely it was actually a post-office-come-cheese-maker... as you do!) The cheese was yummy, particularly the smoked cheese, and the establishment is well worth a visit if you are ever in Pembrokeshire. Anyway, the reason I mention this is because I really wanted to include a picture of their sign, which made me smile!