Melrose, St Cuthbert’s way starting point

We start our walk in Melrose. The abbey here (besides being ruined ) is amazing and interesting.  Many things make it significant.
It is large and impressive

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You can dress up like a monk

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And they believe that Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried here!

OK.  Abbey #1 check. Time to get ready for the walk. Our last meal before we start will require a drink…

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Can you guess which is mine?

Tomorrow we start walking. Fingers crossed for this old body…

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A walk in the north

Friends have convinced me to walk St Cuthbert’s way. A scenic walk from Melrose to Holy Island in the Scottish Borders. So, firstly we have to get there. We drove to Durham and stayed the night to get into the mood by visiting St Cuthbert’s tomb in the Durham Cathedral.  From there, we drove further north to Alnwick.  Here we stopped at Barter’s books. Situated in the old, disused, rail station,  Barter’s  is not just an amazing second hand book shop, but it is home to (one of) the original “keep calm and carry on ” posters.

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Oh, they also have a miniature train running around the shop!

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What a pair!

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I don’t know if admitted this, but I love English post office boxes. The reigning monarch’s royal cypher dates them. Anyway, I thought these two looked great!

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When you know you are about to get wet

I was checking out the Botanical Gardens in Oxford when I looked up.
Time to go home!

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Feeling lighter

Today I begun the process of reversing something.
It all started here:

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So,  bit by bit… next stop here:

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Not so difficult. Next stop here:

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At this point Kate objected, which leaves me here:

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Well, I’m here until I grow it all back again. Although I think it makes me look old.
Now, why can’t I grow this on top???

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The largest spider in the world

Well, not quite. But one of the largest I’ve come across on this Island.

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He was looking for somewhere dry to hang out after a small rain shower. I didn’t realise that he had a key to our place…

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Some things done well.

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All I can say is the Victorians knew how to make nails! I found this while pulling apart some timbers from a victorian era house. 100+ year old nail, that makes it an antique doesn’t it?

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Tonight’s haul

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We’re in fruit and veg season.  This was tonight’s haul ready for pudding!

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Cordless mouse

There’s one main problem with a cordless mouse. It’s cordless. That means you can leave it anywhere and you have no way (i.e. a cord) of finding where you left it. How long did it take me to find mine? 30 minutes. Where was it? Next to the sink of course.

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Don’t blame me, I voted to remain…

Today the UK has voted to leave the EU. Crazy.

The LA Times sums it up quite well:

“On Thursday British voters wilfully walked off a cliff when they decided to leave the European Union”.

All I can hope is that this will be sorted out by our democratically elected experts (yes, I am referring to the politicians in Westminster) and we won’t leave the EU. This is, after all, a non-binding referendum.

Given how the financial markets have responded, this can’t be a good idea. Can it?

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