"More cows! In Scotland there are
either sheep or cows. I do think there are more sheep though, donít you,
Bruce?" Bonnie questioned.
"There are far more sheep, but you
are right, these are the oddest looking cows Iíve ever seen. Theyíve got
stripes. Theyíre black in front and back and a big white stripe down the
center. I think theyíre called Ďbeltiesí. They are strange looking, but I
imagine their milk tastes the same as most milk," Bruce answered.
"This looks like an old town,"
Bonnie said as they flew above it. "It has a lot of farms and rivers and
look at the old buildings. How lovely!"
"Itís got a long name and is hard to
pronounce. Say it after me, Kirkcudbright," Bruce said.
"Kir-cood-bree," Bonnie imitated.
"It doesnít sound like it is written, but Iíve noticed that a lot in
"So, Bruce, what does Kirkcudbright
have in it and Iím sure you know. Am I correct?" Bonnie laughed.
"Kirkcudbright is a place filled
with artists. They come here because it is peaceful and beautiful and
there is lovely countryside. Itís also a fishing and farming town and
filled with history. Letís flutter down the Old High Street and Iíll tell
you about it," Bruce suggested.
"What is that old building?" Bonnie
"Itís the old Tolbooth. Itís the
oldest building in the town, built about 1629. Did you know that John Paul
Jones was held a prisoner there? They use it now as an arts center."
Bonnie yawned. "Iím tired of history
lessons. Letís go and check out those belted cows again. I think they are
so funny and odd."
"Tired of history? Weíve been all
over the country and you must admit, you now know more about Scotlandís
history than you did before," Bruce said.
"I do know more, but right now, all
I want to do is find a flower and watch the cows," Bonnie explained.
"All right. All right, weíll do it
your way, again," Bruce gave in. "To the cows we shall go."
They spent the rest of the afternoon
in the fields of tall grasses, sipping buttercup nectar and watching the
cows. Bruce ended his history lessons. "Bonnie, there is one more thing
Iíd like to show you. Itís out of the way but its worth the trip," Bruce
"What is it?" she asked.
"Iíd like to take you to Edinburgh,
the capital, and show you the Zoo. Are you up to it?" he asked.
"The zoo? I love the zoo. Letís be
off. Edinburgh, here we come," she said and the two butterflies headed
towards the city.