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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Meandering in Melrose and pottering around Peebles, part two

A relaxing lunch back at the campervan, and two choices - walk up the Eidon Hills behind Melrose or tootle along to Peebles which had looked lovely the day before when I drove through. Peebles won, although on reflection I might have been better off hitting the hills.

I confess I was disappointed despite some lovely shops,









lovely architecture,







lovely Alpacas (who were waiting to go into an old people's meeting and be thoroughly spoilt and stroked)



the Peebles mural



and the most amazing war memorial.

On first glance across the courtyard of Peebles Registry Office it looked like an Islamic shrine, on close inspection it was full of potential patchwork patterns, but whatever the style, it was quite unexpected.









Peebles sadly had the feel that most Lake District towns seem to have these days - set up for the tourist market not local people, but I guess that is what so many High Streets will become in future.  I am just as guilty as the next consumer, much of my shopping is now done online where I get choice and convenience, so I cannot complain.

After another mooch through Melrose before supper my steps for the day were looking remarkably healthy. No wonder I slept well that night 😊





10 comments:

  1. It is always amazing how many miles you can clock up when visiting somewhere new - like you say - no wonder you were tired when you got back!

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    1. Thanks Kate, I didn't walk that far intentionally, but was pleased with myself that I had :)

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  2. It's a few years since I was last in Peebles. I remember it was only a small town, mainly one street of shops, but the surrounding countryside is beautiful, with lots of wildlife to be seen.
    There was a fantastic dog kennels (with a huge enclosed woodland area) that did daycare, which enabled me to have a day out in Edinburgh. X

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    1. Hi Jules. I did consider a train to Edi. from Melrose but when I really thought about it, I didn't want to spend a whole day traipsing around a city, and I have been there a few times before - beautiful place.

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  3. I love the patterns in the war memorial, they do have a foreign look about them. Your step counter is the same make as mine, I forgot to take mine with me on my most recent trip to Anglesey but it's surprising how many steps you can clock up when wandering around somewhere new or different - the most I ever did in one day was nearly 27,000. I may have even beaten that at some point but I wouldn't know as I don't always remember to take the counter out with me.

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    1. Hi Eunice, I do not take the pedometer with me all the time, but I wanted to see how active I was whilst away in the van. Because I take every opportunity to sit with a cuppa and just chill I had a suspicion I might not be very active . . . clearly I don't have to worry too much!

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  4. The town has a charming look about it and I do like the architecture I have to say. I hope I end up somewhere where they present Alpacas for me to stroke :)

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    1. Eileen, alpaca keeping is becoming quite popular and I think most people with small herds have some form of "engagement" with the public. If you do a Google you may well find someone near you. Stuart (the Innerleithen alpaca chap) offers visitors the chance to take the animals for a walk (obviously you have to pay!) They are very gentle and sociable creatures and if you go to meet them - take carrots!

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  5. I've read both Melrose posts now & thought the gardens were definitely worth the visit. I've got to be in the right mood for town sight seeing at times & prefer wide open spaces or the seaside, though you called the patchwork shop small. Looks to me like a good selection of fabric. Thanks for our tour & take care.

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    1. Same here Susan, I have to be in the mood for a day like that, and once or twice a year is quite enough! On reflection, although this was a nice break and Dawyck Garden quite wonderful, a more rural location would suit me better.

      The shop was tiny and also sold wool and other craft bits, I did not buy any fabric :-)

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