It's all systems go, getting everything ready for this weekend's exhibition, but I took some time off yesterday morning, and we went for a walk along the river in Hawick. We stopped to read this new sign .......
....... but during the winter floods they didn't need a gauge to know how deep the river was - it was halfway up the building!
the first stretch of the walk was on a broad swathe of grass
there is something appealing about thistles ....... as long as you don't grasp them!
the roots of these fallen trees are about eight feet tall
Malcolm looking out over at the river at the old cauld, which has fallen further into disrepair
the water that is diverted into the side channel runs much faster, and in the past would have operated mill machinery
I don't mind crossing bridges like this one ....... sturdy, well-built, and most of all ..... low!
this is detritus from the floods, trapped by trees on the river bank
if I had been standing in this spot when the river was high enough to leave this tangle of leaves and grass, the water would have been up to my chin!
now ducks are getting in on the act, showing me their bottoms!
we had noticed this car as we drove along past the rugby club, to park to go on our walk, so we stopped on the way back to take a photo. Why is there a tyre on top of the car? We have no idea ........ a drunken prank perhaps?
the next stop, of course, was for a cuppa and sconnage. A tasty fruit scone
and a very delicious cheese one
we laughed when we saw the inside of the lid of the little jar of jam
we arrived just as the morning cuppa crowd was leaving, and before the lunch crowd was in, so I was able to take a photo. I love all the old chairs painted in different colours and covered with different fabrics
back home I got the two tray bakes out of the fridge that I made on Saturday for the exhibition - the entry fee includes refreshments
I cut them up and divided them between two containers for the two days ........ and there are plenty of trimmings left over for us!
when Malcolm made dinner last night, he was so pleased with it he asked me to take a photo for the blog! He always makes delicious gravy, but this one was even tastier, as he added a dollop of Maureen's excellent red currant and port jelly
hooray, my new car arrived this morning! Fortunately the transporter driver was able to turn into one of the neighbour's yard, to unload the new car, and load up the old one
and here it is, my lovely car (it's a Ford Ecosport, for those of you interested in such things). I haven't driven it yet, as I didn't want to drive it to Kelso for Monday sewing - I would rather wait and have time to familiarise myself with the controls before I drive it. But Malcolm had a little drive in it this afternoon, and he said it is very nice to drive
I'll be back tomorrow with some sewing!