Just 15 miles from my cottage is Scotland and it's such a gorgeous day today that I thought I would take you all for a trip there. Seat belts on and be prepared for some stunning scenery.
The minute you cross this point the landscape and the architecture changes because you are now in Scotland.
The hills are dotted with bright yellow gorse and dead volcanoes scatter the landscape.
Now this is Jedburgh and this was the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Not very big is it? Then Queen Elizabeth didn't much like her did she?
She must have been very small just look at her front door it's tiny.
This is the remains of Jedburgh Abbey which looks as though it has given birth to another abbey (look to the bottom right)
An Indian elephant in Scotland. You may ask and I'll tell you - this is in the window of an Indian restaurant. No time to stop we have to go to Melrose which is a gem of a town.
Melrose Abbey sitting behind the blossom trees. I love the pink stone don't you?
Harvey's surname is Roll so if you put my first name with his you nearly get this. Looks crazy to me.
Now here is a lesson in how not to do graphics. Such a sin to put such an ugly sign in such a beautiful Art Nouveau frame. Off with their heads.
Melrose is dominated by this big hill and it keeps the wind from the town. In fact I'm getting a bit hot I need to go into the shade.
Two identical window displays on the shady side of the street. I love the layouts.
Melrose and lots of the Border towns are filled with secret alleys with little delights in them like this Garden Shop. Well we had better set off back now. I'll drive.
Ooh look we are back in England. There was a time hundreds of years ago that only the very brave would cross these borders as these were debatable lands and the Scots and the English just did not get on. You look out for them and I'll make a dash for it.
Oh and I forgot to mention I picked these up in an amazing little antique shop whilst you lot were having a cup of tea and a Scottish pancake in that lovely little cafe.
These are for my new extension. They are both original Georgian balustrades and the one on the left even has some of its original paint on it. This will be left exactly as it is.