Three of us met in central Inverness and took bus to Culloden visitor centre where we grabbed a coffee and delicious cheese scones. We enjoyed eating them looking at the moors and observing little wagtails searching for crumbs under the tables. After the coffee we walked down to Clava which took around 30 minutes. The weather was lovely, warm and sunny. You could smell dog roses in the air when walking pass the bridge. We arrived at Clava and set up picnic under big Birch Trees. We brought with us three cheerful Trolls which enjoyed the picnic as much as we did.
We were soon joined by one more and enjoyed chatting about fairies, poltergeists and entheogenic experiences nibbling on some pumpkin pastry and elderflower and rhubarb Racuchy.
Racuchy were loved by everyone and disappeared very quickly. It’s a Polish snack resembling a pancake. You can use different kind of fruit to make them, also you can do some savoury ones with wild mushrooms, or plain ones to serve with different toppings. Here is a recipe using raspberries: http://noonionplease.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/racuchy-polish-mini-pancakes-with-fruits/ I like to drizzle them with honey and sprinkle with some cinnamon instead of using icing sugar or cream and I do not add sugar to my batter, especially not for savoury ones!!! Racuchy taste amazing with some grated pumpkin instead of fruit!
Each one of us took some time to stroll around the cairns and take in the atmosphere and spirit of the place.
On our way back to Culloden we met a couple of Shrews running nervously along the road. It looked like a passing car startled them. We stopped for moment to watch them and decided to leave them to find safety on their own. After arriving in the visitor centre we had some amazing rose cordial before saying goodbye. It has been a lovely and very relaxing afternoon.