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      • Monday 30th. June, 2014 – What a lovely surprise

        My very good friends Theresa and Mick with their grandson, Logan, whom I baptised shortly before retiring

        Up and walked Mix before breakfast. My task for today was to cut the grass around the summer house and my pleasure was to watch Andy Murray in his match at Wimbledon. I st

      • Sunday 29th. June, 2014 – The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

        Our service this morning was at Abbey St. Bathans – our congregation always goes exploring on the fifth Sunday of the month – and, as the former Church had been booked for a reception, we met in the Village Hall. This is a view from the outside of the hall. I found it rather fun
      • Saturday 28th. June, 2014 – A long lie and a lovely walk

        Mix and I walked along the country roads this morning. Because rain was threatened I didn’t take my camera, preferring my telephone so that I could phone for a lift if the weather really deteriorated. I took this picture on my phone and it has everything – a bit of stone wall, with a

      • Friday 27th. June, 2014 – Spot the difference

        I’m very conscious that all of these photos of the summer house are becoming little more than a succession of ‘spot the difference’ pictures. Things haven’t quite worked out as I had hoped and if you look at this picture you will see why. Today the weather changed and after so ma

      • Thursday 26th. June, 2014 – Another fabulous day: weather and in every way.

        Today Digger completed the task of digging over the soil within his dome. He tells me that he is a bit late in his work on the small holding to get a perfect crop this year but everything will be in place for next year. However, I am sure that this soil in the dome will yield a good crop

      • Wednesday 25th. June, 2014 – We are getting there!

        I took this picture just before dinner this evening as a record of all that has been achieved. Actually you can’t see all that much because for most of the day we have been working on the other side of the roof and, by the end of the day, the shingles have been completed there. That is

      • Tuesday 24th. June, 2014 -- And today we got a little rain (not much)

        This morning I spent quite a while in the summer house preparing the music for Arrochar; this afternoon Rachel spent time in the Granary preparing the music for the service at Abbey St. Bathans this Sunday. It is something which Rachel really enjoys doing, partly because she enjoys preparing h

      • Monday 23rd. June, 2014 -- A bit overcast but still thoroughly warm

        Up and walked Mix before breakfast. Tom arrived and by the end of the morning the dormer was all but completed – it took quite a bit longer than we had expected but it looks quite good now that it is done.

        We broke for lunch – Tom went off with Dorothy and I dealt with som

      • Sunday 22nd. June, 2014 – The First Sunday after Trinity

        I took this picture of Rachel, Irene, Simon, Mum, Dorothy and Tom outside the front door of Gavinton Church when we visited it for the morning service today. As usual the sun is shining and it was good to be out and about

        Up, walked Mix and breakfasted in the farmhouse with Si

      • Saturday 21st. June, 2014 – Welcoming friends and Rowan visits her family

        This is a picture of Rowan with her parents and her brothers and sisters. In case you can’t make her out, Rowan is wearing a red collar and Rachel was most impressed (and smugly self-satisfied) at how well Rowan behaved

        Up, walked Mix, tidied the summer house, went into Duns

      • Friday 20th. June, 2014 – Another fine day

        A picture of strawberries growing happily in the Digger Dome. Digger had been working away in his allotment most of every day in recent times and seems as happy as a sandboy

        Up, walked Mix and breakfasted before Tom and I started on the shingling of the second side of the summ

      • Thursday 19th. June, 2014 – And still the sun shone!

        Tom spent most of today on the roof of the summer house. Our task for today was to fit the shingles on the roof – I had read in the blurb that someone completely fitted shingles to one of these log cabins in half a day. Well, it is taking us longer – but perhaps we are doing it bette

      • Wednesday 18th. June, 2014 – Off to Stirling again

        I took this picture just a few minutes ago – yes, quite late on in the evening and still it is broad day light and glorious sunshine. It is a ‘before’ picture because tomorrow Tom and I hope to fit the shingles and complete the building which has been ‘on the go’ since before C

      • Tuesday 17th. June, 2014 – Today has been fun

        This afternoon Tom, Rachel, Dorothy and I were up in Longformacus (one of the small communities which is joined with Gavinton and Cranshaws for worship). I took this picture from the bridge in the village. Something about running water is always fascinating and, on this the warmest day o

      • Monday 16th. June, 2014 – Quite an incredible day

        It may look as though Mum is talking to herself – in fact she is talking to Sandy who is behind the wool, warping up the loom. Progress is being made! Sandy joined Rachel to continue working on the loom today

        Woke and walked Mix before breakfast. Tom arrived and we set off f

      • Sunday 15th. June, 2014 – Trinity Sunday

        Dorothy, Tom, Rachel and Mum at the Whiteadder Reservoir. The boat sitting on Dorothy’s shoulder is Escapade

        Up and walked Mix before breakfast, after which Mum, Rachel and I set off for Cranshaws where the service was conducted by Stephen Blakey, the minister of Duns Parish

      • Saturday 14th. June, 2014 A Long lie followed by a long walk – a perfect Saturday

        A picture of Mix looking up at me after we had been walking for the best part of two hours – ‘I really don’t understand today. First you don’t get up and then you walk the hind legs off me, can I not sit down and have a rest, please?’

        Today I slept in – I really sl

      • Friday 13th. June, 2014 – We are at leisure

        Rachel took this picture (and the one below) on her new telephone so I just had to include them!

        Woke and walked Mix before breakfast, leaving soon afterwards in my car with Cathy, Rachel, Mix and Rowan for Berwick where Cathy caught the ten to ten bus to take her on the first

      • Thursday 12th. June, 2014 – Sailing!

        I don’t have a picture of us sailing because we were on the boat and I didn’t wish to take my camera on this first venture into the Whiteadder in a boat we hadn’t sailed before in case we turned her over. But the boat in the centre of the picture is Escapade, a forty year-old Wayfa

      • Wednesday 11th. June, 2014 – Adventures

        Olive spent most of today in the garden. Here she has discovered some strawberries growing at the edge of one of the lawns (near the bar-b-cue area) and she is clearing out the grass and weeds so that we may be able to enjoy the strawberries when they have had a bit more sun


      • Tuesday 10th. June, 2014 – A Visit to Gateshead

        A view of the interior of the Metro Centre at Gateshead. This is the largest shopping mall in Europe we were told

        Up early and walked Mix before breakfasting in the farmhouse. Then, with Mix deposited in the farmhouse with Olive and arrangements made for Rowan to be regularly

      • Monday 9th. June, 2014 – Unexpectedly, another glorious day

        The Stables are really taking shape and are now becoming a real weaving place

        Woke and walked Mix before breakfast. Tom was not coming today as the weather forecast was not great but it turned out to be a splendid day. I sat in the garden in my shorts reading a book and then l

      • Sunday 8th. June, 2014 – Pentecost

        Today started almost before yesterday ended. Rachel walked Rowan and came to tell me that against the wall of one of the barns by the side of the A6112 was a blue carrying box for a bird and nestled down beside it was a rooster. Well, there was little point in telling me that so I went o

      • Saturday 7th. June, 2014 – Sunshine again

        While I was at Gavinton Church this morning I took this picture of a bumble bee hard at work on the flowers in the church yard. Bees were in my mind because earlier Tom had telephoned to say that he and Dorothy had extracted eighteen pounds of honey from one of their hives – and I gath

      • Friday 6th. June, 2014 – Summer such as we have never experienced before!

        The sun is shining down and the temperatures are Mediterranean. Of course there have been days like this before but always I have been working. Today I can just enjoy it. I took this picture of Mount Pleasant as Mix and I went for an early morning walk

        Up and walked Mix before

      • Thursday 5th. June, 2014 – Weather improves and we put up the roof beams

        There was a great deal of air activity over Mount Pleasant today – several war planes and one helicopter. By the time I got my camera the helicopter was far away but, using the zoom, I got this rather indistinct souvenir of its visit

        Up, walked Mix and settled down in the su

      • Wednesday 4th. June, 2014 – A foul day, at least as far as the weather was concerned

        Today it rained – it really rained – I haven’t seen rain like it since I lived in the west and for most of the day the dogs and I spent the time in the summer house where we were cosy and warm. I had plenty to do and the dogs slept on Mix’s huge cushion

        Walked Mix in t

      • Tuesday 3rd. June, 2014 – It’s summer and, in spite of the weather forecast, it really is summer!

        Cathy spent this morning working in the garden weeding and this afternoon she sat in the garden and started work on reupholstering some of Olive’s dining room chairs. What a talent! And how much we enjoy having Cathy down here with us

        I got up and walked Mix before breakfast

      • Monday 2nd. June, 2014 – Waiting for rain that never came!

        We may not have achieved a great deal today but we did set up our new Wayfarer this morning, ensuring that we had all of the ‘bits’ and that everything worked. At the end of the process we were all absolutely delighted and went off and spent the rest of the morning drinking coffee an

      • Sunday 1st. June, 2014 – The First Day of Summer. It’s Official!

        I took this picture before the morning service today. It was Tom’s first Sunday in charge – the elder on duty. He looked the part and did it well

        I got up really early and, after showering and dressing in my Sunday best, I walked Mix along the Swinton Road. It was before 7

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