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      • Saturday 26th. July, 2014 – The weather was meant to change but it continues to be wonderful

        Dorothy and Tom arrived late in the afternoon to visit. Tom had collected Dorothy from the station at Berwick on her return from visiting her parents down south. We sat and drank Pims, Tom delighted to be sitting on what he described as a Titanic seat. We have arranged to meet in Barnold

      • Friday 25th. July, 2014 – More of the same

        For much of the day (and what a glorious day it was) we were working in the garden around the summer house and all day long this little fellow sat in the gutter of the Hen House and watched what we were doing – often singing, sometimes flying around and coming back again, always extrem

      • Thursday 24th. July, 2014 – What a Scorcher!

        Rachel spent part of this afternoon painting the new covers which she has made for the lockers on her canal boat. Here she has found a bit of shade – look at the brightness where the shade ends – and is putting on the green marine paint so that the covers will match the boat
      • Wednesday 23rd. July, 2014 – The start of the Commonwealth Games

        This will be the final picture you will see of the summer house before it is, at long last, completed. This afternoon Rachel and I stained and treated those areas which hadn’t been treated, and prepared the three barge-boards (you can see them lying in front of the building) which tomo

      • Tuesday 22nd. July, 2014 – We start on the other side of the Bothy Roof

        Having completed one side of the roof, today we started on the other side. We worked through the morning (before stopp0ing for a lengthy coffee break) and then came back in the afternoon to do a bit more. Today was certainly the hottest day I can ever remember in Scotland and you can see

      • Monday 21st. July, 2014 – Back to Work!

        A picture of the Bothy with one side of the roof completed – at least the wood has been completed, there is a lot more to do

        Up, walked Mix and breakfasted before Rachel set off with Rowan for the canal boat to have the boat safety inspection completed. She popped into Apple

      • Sunday 20th. July, 2014 Church and Guildhall

        This picture was taken by Rachel on her telephone and is of the Guildhall at Berwick which we attended this evening for a production of The Pirates of Penzance, part of the Berwick Festival of Opera

        Woke, showered and walked Mix. Breakfasted and set off with Rachel and Mum for

      • Saturday 19th. July, 2014 – The weather breaks

        Mix spent the majority of today asleep on his big cushion, Rowan spent a great deal of it lying looking out of the door. Together we spent most of today in the summer house. I researched shingles and slates and all the different alternatives for the Bothy roof (having been pointed in the

      • Friday 18th. July, 2014 – Marching On

        Olive spent most of today working with her fruit. Here she is topping and tailing blackcurrants from the garden – I gather there is some dispute about whether blackcurrants should be topped and tailed but Olive thinks they should

        Up and walked Mix before breakfasting in the

      • Thursday 17th. July, 2014 – A Day of Two Halves

        This afternoon was the afternoon of the Gavinton Teas. The weather was glorious, maybe even too hot (no, not really ... it was lovely) and people from the village supported the Church very well indeed with every table filed with people and lots of money raised for Church funds

      • Wednesday 16th. July, 2014 – Well, yes, it was a bit disappointing!

        I promised you balloon pictures – and here is Rachel on landing after her balloon adventure. Unfortunately it wasn’t today! When we ‘phoned Virgin just before going to sleep last night (as one has to do) we were astounded to be told that the flight was cancelled because of bad weat

      • Tuesday 15th. July, 2014 – St. Swithin’s Day (and it was a glorious one)

        I took this picture last night while we were at supper. It shows Mum, Irene, Rosemary, Digger, Olive and Rachel. We enjoy meeting and eating around the round table in the farmhouse dining room

        Up early and walked Mix before breakfast. Took Rosemary and Irene on a tour of our p

      • Monday 14th. July, 2014 – We get back onto the roof

        Most folk know, I expect, that Rachel makes kilts – she served a lengthy apprenticeship with Redshank in Inveraray and now that we are down in the Borders she is starting to make kilts again. These flowers arrived from a satisfied customer and Rachel was really delighted


      • Sunday 13th. July, 2014 – A Sporting Sunday

        This morning Mum was responsible for the Church flowers at Gavinton. She was pleased with how well they looked

        Up and walked Mix, showered and breakfasted before driving to Gavinton Church with Rachel, Mum and our organ with which Rachel provided the music for the service. Ann

      • Saturday 12th. July, 2014 – A day for cutting the grass

        I took this picture this evening in the square at Duns. Today is the final day of the week of Duns celebrations, Reivers Week or Duns Summer Festival 2014. Tonight it was the turn of the children who paraded through the town centre on their floats (and on foot). Crowds of people came to

      • Friday 11th. July, 2014 – And today we came home

        There is nothing more pleasant on a beautiful day than to sit on one's boat (or in this case one's wife's boat) and watch other boats sailing by

        Up early – well, little wonder, as I went to bed so early – and walked Mix before returning for breakfast. Rachel

      • Thursday 10th. July, 2014 – In heaven

        A picture which could have been taken any morning or any afternoon or any evening when we pop down to Barnoldswick and stay on the boat. Here was are (or at least in the picture, here is Rachel with Rowan and Mix) walking along the tow path with the narrow boats lining the canal -- who a

      • Wednesday 9th. July, 2014 – Off we go!

        After eating on the boat this evening I wandered with Mix back to the little bridge over the canal. From here I 'phoned home and heard that everyone was well and having a good time. I also took this picture of some of the canal boats moored on this glorious summer evening

      • Tuesday 8th. July, 2014 – And the Heavens Opened

        Today there was nothing for it but to settle down in the summer house and read my book. It was remarkably chilly so I turned on the gas heater, something which was greatly appreciated by Mix who really enjoys being warm

        Up and walked Mix in the rain before breakfast. Today it

      • Monday 7th. July, 2014 – Making Plans

        David, a friend of Tom’s, came to visit us today and, while we had coffee in the summer house, the guitars came out and I was treated to some of the great music from my youth – the Shadows, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and so much more. Fabulous!

        Up and walked Mix before brea

      • Sunday 6th. July, 2014 – We worship in Cranshaws Kirk and I cut the grass

        A picture of folk coming out of Cranshaws Kirk this morning. It is an idyllic spot on a very beautiful summer’s day and our congregation comes here to worship on the first Sunday of every month

        Up and walked Mix, breakfasted and then showered and changed before going with Mu

      • Saturday 5th. July, 2014 – Visitors

        Olive, Devon, Digger and Jeff (with Mix) pictured as Digger shows his visitors around his market garden

        Up and walked Mix before setting out to join Tom at Clare’s where we moved all of the chairs and tables which we had collected on Thursday back to the Church and Church ha

      • Friday 4th. July, 2014 – A Nothing Kind of a Day, Really

        A picture of Olive and Digger doing nothing, sitting in front of their television with Wimbledon on in the background. It was too wet to dig and too wet to be out in the garden – but we don’t get many days like that, so we can just enjoy them when they come

        Got up and walk

      • Thursday 3rd. July, 2014 – a gentle day in the sunshine

        So here is the summerhouse again, can you spot the difference from the last time? Don’t worry if you can’t – Rachel couldn’t and she was standing right in front of the building. The next picture supplies the answer:

        Now we have a weather vane atop the summe

      • Wednesday 2nd. July, 2014 – And still the grass hasn’t been cut

        Although it might not look like it from Mix’s face, this is a picture of two very happy dogs. They play at having battles together. Rowan is always the instigator and then Mix chases and they end up rolling around together on the grass. These fun-battles can go on for half an hour or m

      • Tuesday 1st. July, 2014 – A Fabulous Summer’s Day

        I was standing out in the road waiting for Peter to arrive when this huge tractor spraying the crops in the field opposite Mount Pleasant came into view. I didn’t have my camera with me but I pulled out my ‘phone and caught this picture of modern day farming

        Up and walked

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