Recently I paid a visit to my home town of Dundee just before the new V and A opened there. I hardly recognised the town centre with the one way systems and no entry signs. One of the people who was with me could find his way around much better than I could.
We were staying in Broughty Ferry where I used to live before I came to England where I have now lived longer than I had lived in Dundee. Before i was married I lived in the north of the city. I would return to live in Scotland, but I would be further away from my family than I am now. Two of them living in the south and one, at the moment, living in Cairo.
My two closest friends are both now dead as are all my relatives. I still know one or two people I like to see when I go back.
One of the things I miss most is the food. I haven’t found a baker in England to compare with Goodfellow and Steven in Broughty Ferry. Unfortunately they do not do mail order which is probably just as well or I would be spending a fortune sending for things. The fish shops also seem to sell fish more to my liking. I haven’t seen herring fillets in fish shops in England for years, but they seemed to be in all the fish shops I looked in in Scotland. The Queen Mother was reputed to like herring coated in oatmeal and grilled and so do I. I also miss mealy puddings (white puddings). I have tried white puddings in England and they seem more like sausages. The butcher in Dundee where I have bought very good puddings was sold out of them when I was there. I have sent for some from another butcher and am hoping they are good. Near Robert Burns’ birthday haggis is available here and quite edible, but I have yet to find any “proper” mealy puddings.
If i sound a bit nostalgic, then I am. No matter how many years England is my home, I am still a Scot at heart.