Ready to give thanks!

The smell from this is amazing. These are our pumpkin pies getting ready for thanks giving. Bring it on!

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Crikey it’s hot!

We’re currently in the middle of a heatwave in the UK. I believe it’s just been declared the hottest June day since 1976. The BBC have a great article on what to do when it’s this hot and it includes:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11:00 and 15:00 (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

So how hot is it I hear you ask?

I believe we’ve reached 33.9C. I know, that’s not hot…

 

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It takes all sorts

Sometimes listening to house music (through headphones) in an otherwise quiet laboratory makes me happy.
Now is one of those moments.

(NB: I don’t normally listen to house music)

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Day 2 into Kirk Yetholm

After a late start (due to some time spent looking around the Jedburgh Abbey) the pilgrims were starting to see the signs

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Yep, we had more distance to cover than daylight left. Luckily we found a pub in Morebattle to seek refreshment while we waited for our taxi to come and get us. The taxi seemed like a good idea given the fact that the wind started picking up. We might be in for some tough weather… Anyway, a short ride to Plough Hotel in Kirk Yetholm and we were able to rest our weary feet.

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I can’t speak highly enough of the staff at the Plough. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was, well, atmospheric!

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Jedburgh and Day 2

Jedburgh is a lovely little place. We were staying in Spread Eagle hotel which was as architecturally hodgepodge as you would expect from a 17th  century Inn.

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The following morning we checked out the Abbey. It is one of the 4 ruined abbeys on our pilgrims’ path. It was magnificent.

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After spending too much time wandering around the abbey we were on our way again.  Things started to get more agricultural  (scenery wise) with hay bales

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Cows (with two white socks)

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And badgers. OK,  the Badger wasn’t doing so well…

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OK,  hurry up pilgrims we’ve got many more miles to do … (more to come)

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St Cuthbert’s way -day 1

We’re off! St Cuthbert’s way is a pilgrimage from Melrose to Holy Island in the Scottish Borders. We started by walking out of Melrose straight up a hill. Well, no point beating around the bush!  Great views!

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A bit misty/rainy but still lovely. Down the other side took us through some lovely forest.

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Then along beside the River Tweed

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Which, given all the fly fishermen about, must be good for trout and salmon.  It is about the right time of year. Naomi made friends with the locals…

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Before we got to a safe distance to be able to see the hills we climbed between first thing in the morning

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We went between the second and the third ones from the left. We had the option of going to the top but when we were up there the weather wasn’t that good!

We finally ended up at the Harestanes visitors’ centre. We were still about 5km from our accommodation  (in Jedburgh) so the pilgrims made a decision. … call a taxi.
While waiting,  some of us stretched in a hope to ease the pain from the 32 kms walked already.

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Tomorrow is a new day!

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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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