Tag Archives: Borders

Lost cycle panniers, and Japanese water tanks (Rousse)

How would I admit to TPR that I had lost both of my fully-packed cycle panniers, one of which included our soap bag? I had no idea where I had left them along my solo route in the Scottish borders. … Continue reading

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Scottish hurricane transport (Rousse)

One minute I was watching the rain lash against a top bedroom window of a guest house on the Isle of Lewis. The next I was whipped up from my seat by the force of the hurricane and transported to … Continue reading

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From turtles to a wish to weigh under ten stone (Rousse)

I left my school friend KC in charge of the mixed selection of beautiful green-striped turtles that were climbing up our side of the bath. This allowed me to drive south to collect my mother from my cousins’ house in … Continue reading

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Dangerous Borders river walk (Rousse)

I could have visited the M family when I was at the conference in Paris, but instead I decided to go out for a walk with some of the other delegates. These included two retired nurses, one of whom know … Continue reading

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Queen’s safety comprised by ‘sleepover break-in’ at Grey Gables (Rousse)

We were all invited to Grey Gables for New Year’s Eve so I didn’t think it would make much difference if we arrived a day early. Surely Peggy Woolley wouldn’t mind? We walked past the gardeners who were planting up … Continue reading

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A party castle and six in a bed (Rousse)

We’d been sharing our big double bed with four PhD students for some time when one day I found a gift bag on my pillow. Inside there was a bottle of wine and a card. The present was from F’s … Continue reading

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A pirate themed wedding (Rousse)

The pirate themed wedding was a great success, although the groom confessed to me in private that he regretted missing the opportunity to show off his magic tricks. My parents enjoyed themselves immensely – even my poor father who was … Continue reading

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Travelling in style in the Scottish borders: by magic carpet (Rousse)

My family was driving me nuts so I took off in my car to the Borders as a form of escape. When it was time to return to Edinburgh I regretted the distance that I had driven. It was such … Continue reading

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Greater demand for Borders rail links along the Tweed (Rousse)

There was one day left of our holiday. RA mentioned that she had never been to the border towns of Berwick, Coldstream, Cornhill or Kelso so we considered a cycling route with a stop-off at my cousins’ house, or a … Continue reading

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Admiration for the ultimate Huf Haus garden accessory: a neolithic stone circle (Rousse)

I looked through the vast downstairs window of my friends’ Huf Haus and out across the Borders countryside. Strange in itself was a purple-blue sunset, but of far more interest to me was the neolithic stone circle in the foreground. … Continue reading

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