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Diaspora - 26 March 2019

Good Friends and Good Food


I am in New Mexico visiting family.  It is a 14-hour drive from our little farm in Kansas to Alamogordo, New Mexico.  I normally would drive it non-stop, but I made a very last-minute decision to leave about noon Saturday.  So, I reached out to good CMW friend, Sandy McFarland Morgan, and asked if I could park my car in her garage and then I would wander out into Amarillo, Texas to find a hotel room.  But Sandy extended an invitation to stay with her.

8 hours later, I drove into their driveway and secured my car in their garage (I was transporting my son's stuff that I really did not want available to the outside viewers).  Sandy is an excellent cook, and she held supper until I had arrived.  Her corn bread and beefy home-made vegetable soup were just what a traveler needed at the end of a long day.  I had 2 bowls of soup while I enjoyed Sandy's banter with me.  We discussed all sorts of things about CMW and our own family history research.  I travelled extensively for my job, and hotel nights were the norm for me.  But there is nothing better than staying in a home with friends.  

That said, I will submit to you that there are places that I think I would like to stay, even if they are not with friends.  Right?  Such as the Turnberry Hotel.  I have been toting around a magazine that my cousin, Sally gave me last year.  Like most of us, she keeps stuff that she probably doesn't need to keep.  This is a May 1986 Gourmet magazine.  On the cover of this magazine that has a tag line of "The Magazine of Good Living," is the photo of a piper walking on the grounds.  I suppose she thought because there was a man in a kilt with bagpipes, I'd be interested.  She was correct.

The article, written by a Lillian Langseth-Christensen, has a facing page of the entire hotel as the backdrop for a golf scene, flag at the hole included.  The grounds are spectacular with flowers and shrine to Robert Burns.

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What is of particular interest to me in this article is the list of recipes.  Scottish Tea Pancakes Turnberry Hotel, Whisky Cake Turnberry Hotel, Poached Peaches with Black Currant Sauce, Marinated Salmon Strips with Green and Pink Peppercorns.  Amazingly, I just heard of pink peppercorns while watching a children's bake-off competition on TV.  

But if you are an avid golfer, you probably already are familiar with Turnberry.  There are 3 golf link courses, a golf academy, a 5-star hotel from 1906 and additional cottages and a lodge.  Off the southeast shore is Ailsa Craig, a bird sanctuary for gannets and puffins.  The stone on Ailsa Craig has been mined for years for curling (the sport, again, not your hair). The golf course here is where Tom Watson narrowly beat Jack Niklaus in 1977.  Dubbed the "Duel in the Sun" the 18th hole on the Ailsa course has now been renamed the same to honor the event.

I am not going to pretend to know anything about Turnberry Hotel other than the opulence, the golf, the food and little more.  So instead, I'll provide a link here.  Now, don't get your political ire up, depending on what side of the aisle you land upon, but it is now a Trump property.  Part of the Trump luxury hotels, I would definetly spend time there if I had the time and money.  So if for no other reason than to enjoy the Turnburry as it has always been, I would invite you to enjoy the link provided to view the gallery of photos:  Situated on the sea at the Firth of Clyde in South Ayrshire, Scotland, you will not feel cheated clicking through the pictures.

And of course, wikipedia has quite a bit of information about the use of Turnberry during WWI and WWII as an airbase and a hospital for the wounded.  So go for the golf, go for the food, the history or just to take in the view.  But when in Scotland, you might want to put this on your list of places to visit.


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