By Joselyn Watkins

How many of Lake Lure residents entertained people from foreign countries this summer? If not in their homes perhaps in rentals along the lake front housed many different nationalities. Just next door to us in Edwards Point Cove we met people from Switzerland and Holland at two different times.

We were so honored to have visiting our friend Fiona Samuels from the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.29_DSCN2730

Fiona and the Watkins had a strange if not significant beginning. First, in the late 80’s there was the phone call from Michigan asking if we could help her as she was moving from Belise to Lexington, NC  to teach Spanish. Her Father Ronnie and our cousin David Krehbiel had been seminary students in Edinborough, Scotland years ago. And so we befriended Fiona. She has become an adopted cousin and we have visited her twice in Scotland on the Isle of Bute. To my delight I found that my family, the Stewards, have a castle on that Isle. It seems that it doesn’t matter how you spell the name as all of the Stuarts, Stewart, Steward, etc. are the direct descendants of Douglas Stuart head of that household. His offspring still own the castle.

Even after returning to Scotland from the US and her teaching job here, Fiona frequently came to visit us on her US trips. This year when Fiona brought daughters Marcella, Elena and son Ronnie to the States to go to camp in Georgia we had a big surprise.  Marcella, Fiona’s oldest girl has been voted poster girl for the Highland Games on Bute for 2016. So during their short stay in Lake Lure she and her sister danced the Highland Fling in our living room. All the while we were wishing that all of you could enjoy the event ,but we do have a location where you can be a part of it. Go on the site of www.butehighlandgames.org and enjoy Pipe Band Championships, Highland Dancing Championships, Drum Major Competition, Wrestling Championship and a 10k Road Race. Additionally, there will be a Bute Heavyweight Championship (for the Duke of Rothesay Trophy, The trophy was kindly donated by H. R. H. Prince Charles)

We feel especially blessed by our friends from Scotland and they have truly enriched our lives. “It’s a small world after all”.