The two butterflies
fluttered across the Firth of Forth, an estuary that opens to the sea near
Edinburgh. "Look at the bridges," Bruce said. "I like the Forth Rail
Bridge. Look at the orangish rails and poles. Theyíre thick and strong and
thatís good when trains go over it. I think itís an interesting design."
"But its good that they
opened the Forth Road Bridge, so that cars could cross from one side to
the other," Bonnie said, glancing down at the cars crossing the busy
bridge. Her mind wandered. "Remind me again, Bruce. Why are we going to
"Itís very picturesque. I
thought youíd enjoy it there. People come from all over the world to
visit. There are a lot of painters and photographers who go there to try
to capture the magic of the town," Bruce said.
"Maybe someone will paint
our picture," Bonnie chuckled.
"And besides all that,
theyíve got beautiful flowers there, including your favorite," Bruce
"My favorite? You meanÖ.you
meanÖ.there are gladiolas?" Bonnie asked.
"Yes. One of my pals told
me that the best gladiolas heíd ever tasted grew in Pittenweem, though
mostly in the folks back gardens," Bruce said.
"I canít wait," Bonnie
smiled. She flapped her wings harder. "Letís hurry. Iím hungry."
After a while they arrived
at the town. "Look at all the fish restaurants and hotels!" Bruce cried.
"Theyíre painted very colorful, arenít they? Thereís a pink one, a blue
one, a yellow one and purple one. Iíve never seen such unusual colored
"Theyíre very pretty and
there are the photographers. Look over there, near the boats. There are
several and see the people painting?" Bonnie said, excitedly. "How
wonderful it would be to be painted; but enough of that. Letís find those
They fluttered from house
to house, looking in each back garden. There were pink roses and dark
purple violets and white daisies with bright sunshine-yellow centers in
almost every garden. "There are some gladiolas," Bruce pointed. They flew
down to them.
"Isnít this beautiful?"
Bonnie asked, not needing an answer. "Itís lovely." She put her proboscis
into one of the flowers. "Mmmm, delicious!" she sighed, sipping the sweet
nectar out of the flower. Bruce landed on a rosebush and ate. "Say, Bruce,
whatís in this town to see other than buildings?"
Bruce lifted his head.
"Thereís a cave. If I remember correctly, a long time ago some monks cut
some stairs, leading from the cave to the church above. We could see that?
I hear there are some flower gardens there?"
"We can go and see. Iím not
too fond of caves though," Bonnie said. "What else?"
"Just east of here is a
windmill. There used to be quite a salt trade here and the windmill
carried the water in. Itís quite nice to see," Bruce replied.
"A windmill? How fun!"
Bonnie said. After theyíd finished eating, the butterflies fluttered off
towards the cave. "Just a minute, Bruce. I see some pretty hyacinths
growing. Let me go and have a nibble and then weíll be on our way."
They landed on the purple
flowers and began sipping. Just then a woman walked by. She saw the
butterflies. "Oh, how lovely," she said. She put her chair down and set up
her easel and canvas. "I think Iíll paint those two butterflies. Theyíre
just beautiful and blend so well with the hyacinth."
"Did you hear that?" Bonnie
said. "She wants to paint us. Weíll have to stay here now, until sheís
"But what about the cave?"
Bruce whined. "And what about the windmill?"
"Bruce, stop complaining.
You know how Iíve always wanted to be painted. Now sit there and sip the
nectar and stop whining!" Bonnie demanded.
The butterflies sat on the
flowers for hours. Even Bonnie tired of it. "Yawn! Iím totally fed up.
Painting or no painting, letís get out of here," Bonnie said.
"Thank goodness!" Bruce
answered and the two flew off.
"Come back, little
butterflies," the woman called, "I canít finish my painting without you."
Bonnie and Bruce kept on flying.
"Letís have a quick look at
the cave and the garden and then weíll head for the windmill for the
night," Bonnie suggested. They did just that. When they reached the
windmill, there wasnít even a breeze blowing in from the sea. There were
no seagulls or any other signs of danger. Before she fell asleep, Bonnie
said grumpily, "The next time I suggest letting someone paint our
portraits, remind me of this day! YAWN! Good night, Bruce."
"Good night, Bonnie," Bruce
answered and closed his eyes.