Town Mouse

The three ‘J’s

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

CROSS­ING the Tay Bridge in bril­liant sun­shine this week, dis­tant Dundee looked more like a Mediter­ranean port than a city raised from 19th-cen­tury pros­per­ity on the back of jute, jour­nal­ism and jam. Emerg­ing from the sta­tion, I was im­me­di­ately con­fronted by the Dis­cov­ery—scott’s Antarc­tic ves­sel launched in 1901—and its strik­ing new back­drop: the out­post of the V&A that awaits its au­tumn open­ing. The glo­ri­ous weather showed off the ar­chi­tec­tural riches of the city to great ad­van­tage and an armyre­cruit­ment pa­rade filled the town cen­tre with the skirl of pipes and the thump of drums.

No less won­der­ful was the sur­round­ing coun­try­side, which still ap­peared to be in the first flush of spring, with blos­som and even daf­fodils. The broadleaf trees were only just be­gin­ning to burst into life. To my Lon­don eyes, it felt as if the year had grown a month younger. That evening, walk­ing in a top­i­ary gar­den, I used a video link on my smart­phone to re­lay a breath­tak­ing sun­lit view of the Tay back home. One of the chil­dren com­pared the scene to some­thing out of Alice in Won­der­land. The other, think­ing ahead to the next day at school, moaned plain­tively: ‘Oh! I’m sooo jeal­ous.’ I had no con­so­la­tion to of­fer. JG

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.