Here’s the thing about Scotland: when the sun comes out…civilians often panic. People run around in a frenzy trying to “catch” the sun, and frantically make plans that INCLUDE the sunny weather as if they are all on death row and this is the last time they will see sunlight ever again. This is because here in Scotland, you never know how long the sun will last and when it will hibernate again, so we never take it for granted. In fact, we are a nation of TRUE blue sun worshipers.

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On a particularly glorious and rare sun soaked afternoon my family and I took a rather aesthetically pleasing road trip to Cairnie Fruit Farm.

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It’s an adorable farm located in Fife. They’re renowned for their Pick Your Own activities. You can pick your own strawberries, rasberries, cherries, brambles and even … SUNFLOWERS!

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There’s also a maze you can totally get lost in, trampolines if you’re feeling particularly hyper, and a beautiful little Cath Kidson-like tearoom, filled with freshly baked delights.

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It was a gorgeous day and so I sat inside, fresh cream eclairs by my side and sketched the scene.

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After that, we went sunflower picking. Personally, I have a thing for all daisy shaped flowers such as gerberas, sunflowers and daisies. They’re all just so friendly, and cheerful aren’t they? It’s not everyday you get to skip around joyfully in a yellow sunflower field…très Bollywood I gotta say.

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We sat there until the afternoon light turned amber and it got ever so slightly chilly.

Meanwhile, on the other spectrum, Dubaians often whine of humidity and the sweltering, blistering summer heat. When I moved to the UAE, people told me I’d soon get sick of the sun …

Ten years on … and I’m still very much a fan.

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