Tag Archives: Scottish Borders

Spring fashions

Last weekend the trees around us suddenly dressed themselves in their new finery. Our exposed situation means that it’s mainly hardy natives that grow well. And while some cheeky chaps from other parts of the world survive, and bloom and … Continue reading

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Flowing water, Fallingwater

March, it is said, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Its entrance this year has lived up to the first part of that, the weather being mixed with bursts of sun through clouds, followed by … Continue reading

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Jasmine has a red sports car

Sometimes I just want to get out, away from computer and books, folders and papers. Where we go (husband is usually dragged along) doesn’t much matter, as long as there is something of interest to photograph. The Scottish Borders is … Continue reading

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Colours — as important as words

A month ago a man of colour faded from existence at the age of 91 — a bit like his velvet ribbons above. The man was a textile designer, born in Serbia, educated in Czechoslovakia and Israel, intrigued and influenced … Continue reading

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By the Whiteadder

Easter Sunday and the sun is shining. So I drag myself away from computer, on which a backlog of emails and blog posts is rapidly growing, and proof reading of my next book, and we decide to head down to … Continue reading

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Stitches in time

Millions of stitches into linen, painstakingly sewn by over a thousand stitchers, have created a fascinating series of panels that together have been named The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Charting key events in Scotland’s history from the creation of the … Continue reading

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Rocks and wrecks

As we stepped from the car, the tang of sea and seaweed hit us  — a smell that always floods my mind with memories of times lived and spent by the sea. It’s a smell that is both distinctive and … Continue reading

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Posties and votes

When putting together the presentation for the launch of my book In the Wake of the Coup, I mentioned in a slide that increased apathy, and the rise of people no longer voting in elections, had been one of the … Continue reading

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Stovies and plans

Big turnout at the village hall to hear whether we had won the Floral Gateway Champions of Champions Competition. Sadly we hadn’t. The town with input from shops, businesses and horticultural Department of the local university campus won. Their floral … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is…

Tomorrow will be many things to many people, but here in my little patch of the world tomorrow is judging day. Last year, having been placed second the previous year, the village where I stay won the Wee Village section … Continue reading

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