Tag Archives: Scottish Borders

And it didn’t rain

As a writer it’s always good to be able to say that you have read at a book festival so Borders Writers Forum, an organisation that promotes writers and writing in the Scottish Borders, is enormously grateful to Borders Book … Continue reading

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Drawing tales

Her son had entered the competition, so a friend asked if I could help judge in her place. The competition had been organised by a local artist with the first prize including tickets for a talk by a well-known children’s … Continue reading

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Tower houses and faeries

Recently I received a circular about a writing residency in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys. An isolated location that would provide peace for writing along with opportunities to explore, meet the locals and run writing workshops. All overseen, no doubt, … Continue reading

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By a loop of the Tweed

By a loop of the Tweed sits Dryburgh Abbey, another of the twelfth century Borders abbeys. Like the others it was prey to cross-border and Reformation fighting and burning. Like the others its impressive ruins still draws visitors. Established in … Continue reading

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Drive to the gallery

It’s Sunday and there are blinks of sun between the clouds. The temperature has at long last risen but the wind is whipping branches into a waltz and spinning the clumps of daffodil buds. Good to get out, but good … Continue reading

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Fast-flowing water, ancient stones

Winter is reluctant to relax its grip and whilst, in higher parts of the Borders such as where we stay, daffodils struggle to grow and shiver at the thought of blooming, a short drive away spring is already into its … Continue reading

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A nod to spring

There’s nothing like a blink of sun with a teasing hint of warmth and clusters of perky snowdrops to kid that spring is just around the corner. In the garden I even noticed flowers on a few polyanthus plants, like … Continue reading

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Winter paints Loch Eck

Before returning to the Scottish Borders our family spent a number of years in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Argyll is a place of dramatic scenery, both soft and wild, majestic hills, fathomless lochs, desolate moors, lively seas, … Continue reading

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A Guid New Year

Happy New Year everyone, and a big thank you to the bloggers in sixty six countries around the world who have read my posts and commented on them. You have made blogging a real pleasure, full of fun and delight … Continue reading

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Terra firma no more?

Firm ground. The firm ground of our earth although it’s spinning gaily in space. Possibly nothing has so many different forms, colours, textures and designs as our terra firma. And what do we mean by firm. As every gardener knows … Continue reading

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