Monday, February 23, 2015


It's been a busy week, though with quite what, I can't remember. But on Thursday we took the grandchildren for a walk along the shore.

Grandson rode his balance bike.

Or that was the idea. After a while, he decided to walk along the wall instead. We've all been there: carrying the bike that the child was supposed to be riding. Still, he enjoyed himself, which was the main point.

Then on Saturday we went to Earlston in the Borders with the walking group. It was another glorious day of sunshine.

 The route was quite hilly in parts - oh, how good for the thighs.

We came to a lightly wooded area which was carpeted with snowdrops.

 It did the soul good to look at them.

The sun kept shining as we walked on.

We passed a scruffy old mill which had a stone engraved "Rhymers Mill 1772".

Then we all went and had coffee in Rhymers Tower Coffee Shop in the village. Behind it is the ruined Rhymers Tower, where Thomas the Rhymer, a 13th century bard, lived. Many of his rhymes were prophetic and some (apparently) came true. He got his gifts from the beautiful young Queen of the Fairies, who came riding past and persuaded him to go off with her for seven years. He came back wearing green and carrying a special harp.

Or so the story goes.

We had a lovely day, anyway. Chatting makes the miles zip by.


  1. Ahhhh. It's so good to come home from a little break and find posts from YOU! YAY -- there is progress on the quilt -- it's looking great! Thanks for the Boyhood recommendation -- I haven't seen it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. (As I type this the Oscar for best picture is being announced -- Boyhood is among those nominated!) I'm a little worried that I might get a little sad watching it. And my friend at work has those little balance bikes for her little boys -- they look like they're wonderful!

  2. Glorious snowdrops! We must wait some weeks yet to see them. But they are always a joy....And how sweet your granddaughter looks! And I'm very glad your grandson was enjoying himself!

  3. Years ago I read about book about Thomas the Rhymer......can't remember it, so it couldn't have been too memorable. There is at least one song about him, isn't here? Looks like a lovely day in your part of the world!

  4. Lovely looking walks.

    There was a Corn Law Rhymer from Rotherham who made speeches about, well, the Corn Laws, back in the day. He is now immortalised by a Wetherspoons pub. I'm sure he would have been proud....

    Lesley xx

  5. You are so fortunate to be fit enough to go for such long walks! Thank you for sharing those special moments with your photos. I feel quite insignificant when I read about Rhymers tower where someone from the 13th century lived - we have such a short history here in comparison! To think that Australia was completely unknown by the rest of the world back then. I'm always awestruck by the age of some of the buildings in the U.K.

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