Monday, 28 September 2015

ICYMI: New Yarn Resolutions

Yarndale is such a highlight on my calendar, it's almost as significant as New Year's Day. Possibly more so, as I don't usually celebrate or do anything special for New Year. So I've been thinking - if we can have a 'financial year' that runs from April to March, I think we should have a 'yarn year', that runs from September to August! New Year's Day will be Yarndale Saturday!

I don't always make New Year Resolutions, and if I do, I don't often stick to them, but I've been thinking about making some New Yarn Resolutions instead.

The main one at the moment is:

Make things for me, especially with all the gorgeous hand-dyed yarn that I've bought over the past year or so. Ideally I'd like to have used it all up before Yarndale 2016 (so that I can buy more, natch!)

So I've got to turn all of this into some beautiful items of clothing!

I don't mean to sound selfish, but other than things like hats and scarves, I've never really made myself anything, especially not clothing. Recently I've gone through all my back issues of Simply Crochet magazine and made a note of all the things I'd like to have a go at - mostly jumpers, sleeveless tops, cardigans, plus a few shawls. If I've already got suitable yarn, I want to start making, and if I haven't, then I'll allow myself a treat of buying some yarn specifically for the pattern. This 'Yarn Year' needs to be the year of making clothes!

Make another blanket to use up stash

If I fancy a change, or something a bit less complicated, I'll probably start another blanket. I wanted to make an Autumn inspired one, but when I went through my stash, and then looked at my Stylecraft Shade Card, it turned out that I needed to buy at least 10 more colours. Hmm, fancy that... So that might be on hold for now.

Make things for other people

My mum asked me (months ago) to make her a throw for her bed. She wanted it to cover it top to bottom, and to almost touch the floor, so even though it's only a single bed, the throw will probably be almost double-sized. I'm making sunburst granny squares, all in cream (her choice), and I'm slowly chipping away at it. I've made 30-odd, but I think we worked out it might need about 165! I really need to speed up on that.

She's also asked me to make her a shawl, but I think she understands that she might have a long wait for it.

I've got a couple of patterns that I'd like to make for Junior, but I want to buy the correct yarn for them, and I need to have a think about what size to make. If it takes me a long time to make them, I wouldn't want him to have grown out of it after only wearing it a handful of times.


I've got a couple of things in mind for Christmas presents, so obviously that's a bit of a priority

Make things to sell

I started making blankets to sell, and I also designed and published my first shawl pattern, but I'm now really torn between wanting to do this (some of which I find a bit boring), and wanting to make things for myself, which is much more enjoyable and rewarding. For example, Chris has asked me to make some facecloths, which he's offered to try and sell for me. It would be great to make a bit of money from that (albeit not very much), but the trouble is, I find facecloths quite boring to crochet, and all the time I'm doing it, I'm thinking I could be doing something else instead. So do I just abandon the whole selling idea? Or maybe just fit things in between other projects...

Learn other crafts

This one mainly refers to the needle-felting kit that I bought at Yarndale 2014, which I still haven't done. I need to have a play with that! I also need to have another go at dyeing my own yarn, now that I've bought some proper dyes.

I think those are all my New Yarn Resolutions for now. What about you? Would you like to join me and think about your own yarny goals for this Yarn Year?

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Yarndale 2015

The date we've been waiting for all year finally arrived - Yarndale 2015 was upon us!

It was an early start for me - left the house at around 7am, called at the ATM first to get some spending money and then went to pick my mum up, although we didn't leave her house till 8.30.

We had a nice steady drive to Skipton, commenting on the fact that the weather looked promising, as the sun was trying it's best to break through the clouds. Although we wouldn't notice the weather whilst we were inside Yarndale, we were planning to go to Otley for a wander around afterwards, so we wanted it to be fine and dry. As it happens, we didn't come out of Yarndale until about 3pm, and after a quick trip to Grassington (mainly to use the loos in the car park, and then have a quick bite to eat, because we hadn't had anything to eat or drink all day), we headed home. It seemed to take forever, and I got home just after 6pm. A very long, but enjoyable, day!

Anyway, back to the morning. We arrived at the Auction Mart just after 9.30, so drove straight in and got parked up in the grass field at the back with no problems. I took a couple of spare bags with me which I forgot to get out of the boot, so I went back for them before we joined the queue. We waited from about 9.45, and didn't actually get inside until about 10.20, which was a little bit frustrating as I'd bought the tickets in advance, and I (and others in the queue) assumed that we'd get in sooner. But the people who were buying tickets 'on the door' were getting in much quicker than us. It wasn't a big deal though, at least it wasn't throwing it down or blowing a gale, and the mood in the queue was generally a happy, excited one.

When we got in, the first thing I spotted was the mandala display from last year. Around 500 of them are currently on display in Craven Museum and Gallery in Skipton, but the rest were at Yarndale again. I'd no idea where mine had ended up, but I was going to have a look for it all the same! I spotted it straight away!

Top left corner of the board on the right

Pink centre, yellow round the edge

Unfortunately, in the excitement of the day, I didn't take any more photos, which I'm a bit sad about now. But as in previous years, I will spend the next couple of weeks trawling blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook to swoon over everyone else's photos and basically relive the day vicariously through them.

I did, of course, take the obligatory Yarndale Haul photos when I came home. First priority was a quick cuddle with Junior, who was just about to go to bed (I'd left before he got up this morning, and missed him like mad). Then I watched Strictly, so it was late evening when I spread my purchases out on the bed to take these photos. Apologies for the shadows.

So we have:

This year's Yarndale bag and two pin badges, plus a 2016 calendar

A starter pack from Colourcraft - after my attempt with food colouring, I really wanted to have a go with proper dyes. I'd never even thought about buying some at Yarndale until Friday evening, when I was having a look through the list of exhibitors and saw that they were going to be there. Had a nice chat with the chap on the stall who recommended this starter pack, and I'm looking forwards to having a play!

A fun bag from The Knitting Goddess. The badges were already attached to the bag - one says The Knitting Goddess, and the other says "I hold the potential to make beautiful things", which I liked.

Two sets of two stitch markers from Watercolours and Lace. This was one of the first stalls I went to, and the first purchase I made. I was very tempted by a lot of their yarn, but didn't want to buy some so quickly before I'd looked round everywhere else, and then forgot to go back. But the good thing is, all the website links are on the Yarndale site, so I'm going to bookmark as many as I can so that I'll always be able to visit them online and maybe make a future purchase. The beads on the stitch markers are all purpley colours, and two have little silver cats on them, and the other two are just a couple of nice beads. I'm trying to slowly increase my cute and pretty stitch marker collection, so these will do nicely.

This is some gorgeous squishy yarn from Juniper Moon Farm (I think). I can't remember what stall I bought this from, I don't think the stall was called Juniper Moon Farm, but I could be wrong. As you can see it's 50% wool/50% silk. I thought it was 4ply but looking at the label again it looks like it's lace weight. I'd taken a very brief shopping list which mostly consisted of getting some yarn to make a couple of shawls, and this is earmarked for one of them.

This is beautifully soft 4ply yarn from Debonnaire - 75% merino superwash/20% nylon/5% silver stellina - it's the first time I've bought something with a bit of sparkle in it, and this is also destined to be a shawl.

These are four skeins of undyed 4ply merino, although only two of them are mine - I'll be having a go at dyeing them. My mum bought the other two, and she's asked me to make her a shawl with them, as she liked the 'undyed' natural colour. I don't like saying no to my mum as I feel quite flattered that she wants me to make her things, but I've no idea when I'm going to get around to it all! I'm already in the middle of making her a huge throw for her bed...

I also bought Books 1 and 2 of The Shawl Project - I might have a go at some of the patterns in them, but they also have some really interesting tips on designing your own shawls. I tried to read it last night and I must admit, most of it went over my head, but I was very tired and I had a pounding headache, so that didn't help.

As I said above, the other yarn that I bought is destined for shawls. The irony is, though, that I don't really wear shawls/scarves/wraps! I'm not even sure 'how' to wear them, you know, what kind of outfit they'd go with. I just live in jeans and hooded sweaters at home and I feel that they wouldn't work with that, so maybe it's time I updated my wardrobe and smartened myself up a bit?

I've just come up with a 'thing' too - we have New Year Resolutions, so I'm going to have a New Yarn Resolution! Basically, I'm going to try and find some patterns (or heck, design my own if I have to!) to use up all my best yarn, and make something for myself. I've still got yarn that I bought at Yarndale 2014, which I finally got around to winding the other week, as well as yarn from Armley Mills Wool Festival, and some that I bought on holiday. So I'm going to try and use it all before next New Yarn (Yarndale 2016)!

So I've shown you mine - now you show me yours! (Your Yarndale goodies, of course!)

Friday, 25 September 2015

Review: Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I've always been a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but this is the second of her books which I've given up on, and this was my second attempt at reading it.

The story just wasn't gripping me at all, so I read a few reviews on Goodreads and realised that I have no interest in finding out how it all ends (besides, I read some spoilers so I kind of know how it ends now).

Picture Perfect is one of Jodi's earlier novels, and I think she definitely seems to have improved over the years; this book doesn't seem to be as good as many of her later ones.

So, abandoned.

Edited to add: I did actually give it 1 star, but I forgot to do it until after it posted my review to my blog. 

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Review: Mysteries of Winterthurn

Mysteries of Winterthurn Mysteries of Winterthurn by Joyce Carol Oates
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I once read an article which listed a Top 10 of Gothic Novels, and Mysteries of Winterthurn was on the list. I decided to try and track it down, along with some of the others, as I thought 'Gothic' might be a genre I could be interested in.

I've had the book for two or three years, but only just got around to reading it now. Unfortunately though, I couldn't get past the first couple of pages. I couldn't get on with the Victorian style of writing (though I've been able to in other books), and I just didn't fancy the prospect of wading through all that in what is quite a hefty tome. Life's too short to read a book that you're not really enjoying!

So I've abandoned this one, I'm afraid...

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Hot Water

When we were on holiday in March, and again in August, the cottage could get a bit chilly on an evening. There was a log fire, but although it made the living room warm and cosy, the heat didn't really spread to the other rooms. We found a fan heater to help warm the bedroom up a little, and I also found a hot water bottle.

I haven't used a hot water bottle for years, but I must admit, I really looked forwards to sliding it between the sheets to keep my feet warm each night. It didn't have a cover, so I wrapped it in a towel so that it wasn't too hot to touch.

A couple of weeks after we got home, I was sitting on the sofa one evening, reading, and I felt really cold, even with one of my crochet blankets covering me. I decided that a hot water bottle would be perfect for such moments!

So the next day, Junior and I popped to the shops and I bought a basic hot water bottle from Boots. I didn't have a cover for it, so in a moment of inspiration, I thought I'd crochet one! (Yes, that's what this little tale has been leading up to...)

Since the hot water bottle is blue, I thought I'd use blue yarn, so that it wouldn't be as obvious if it showed through. I started thinking about a 'water' theme, and decided to do a ripple pattern, in shades of blue going from dark to light - think 'the sea'.

Then I thought it would be fun to embellish it with some fish, or something watery.

And this is the finished cover:

The colours from the bottom up are Royal, Aster, Turquoise and Cloud Blue - the button band at the top is Sherbet. I made an identical back and front, and joined them around three sides with Sherbet, leaving the top open. I sewed the buttons onto the inside of the top band, which is all trebles, and the buttons just push through the gaps between the stitches. You can't see it on the photo, but I also made a chain and attached one end to the cover at the back, and the other end to the 'plug', so that it won't get lost.

I didn't have a pattern for the fish or the seaweed (yes, that's what it is), I just made them up as I went along. I was going to put a different scene on the other side, but to be honest by the time I'd made these and sewn them on, I'd had enough, so the back is just the ripple pattern.

I'm really pleased with this - it's nothing fancy, just a bit of fun, but all done without a pattern. And most important of all, it's lovely to snuggle up to when I'm sitting downstairs reading.

Autumn Finds...

... during a walk around Temple Newsam this morning.

We stood under an Oak tree while a squirrel knocked (threw?) acorns down from above.

Friday, 18 September 2015

The 'C' Word

No, not that one. Or that one. This one:


Yes, it's September, so I'm tentatively thinking about Christmas, specifically, Christmas presents. If I pull my finger out, there may be some 'handmade' gifts winging their way to people this year, which I'm quite excited about.

I'm also very excited about this - Jo at Through The Keyhole is organising a 'Twelve Days Of Christmas' Present Swap, and I've signed up for it. All the details are on her blog, but basically, she will match everyone up with a swap buddy, to whom you then send 12 presents. Wrapped individually, they will open one present a day, from the 25th Dec through to the 5th January. Gifts can be handmade, but if purchased should cost no more that £2, or the whole lot should cost no more than £20. So nothing extravagant, but there are still lots of nice thoughtful little gifts that cost less than a couple of quid, and I've already started thinking about things I could buy. However, I'll wait until I know who my swap buddy is - we'll have to swap addresses obviously, and I'm assuming that we might introduce ourselves and maybe say a little bit about the kind of things we like. Or maybe we'll just say "surprise me!" Either way, I'm very excited to be taking part.

Thank you to Jo for organising it.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Wool. Wound.

That's 'wound' rhymes with 'round'.

Yes, I've had my wool winder and my swift out again this weekend. Chris took Junior to his grandma's, so I had a few toddler-free hours and decided it was about time I wound some of my skeins into cakes. I mean, I've only had some of them since Yarndale 2014...

I didn't take any action shots, but this is the end result:

My arms were aching after all that!

Clockwise(ish) from the top, there are eight cakes of cobweb lace from Natural Born Dyers, which I bought at Armley Mills Wool Festival in 2014.

Natural Born Dyers

The big cake next to them is my first, and so far only, attempt at hand dyeing. It was caking up lovely, but I should really have stopped halfway and made two. As it was, it got a bit big and I decided to finish winding it by hand, because I was worried it would slip off the winder and get into the cog mechanism, which happened to me last time. There is approx. 100g DK here. It looks quite nice caked up, the colours are a bit 'ice-creamy', if you know what I mean.

my hand-dyed

Underneath that are six cakes of a 4ply yarn called Licorice Kiss, which I bought from Easyknits at Yarndale 2014. It's black, pink and turquoise and scrummy.


To the right of that are four cakes of squidgy soft DK yarn from Little Boo Yarns - I wrote about buying them from one of the Yarnmama nights on Facebook here

Little Boo Yarns - this colour is called 'Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice'!

Below the Easyknits yarn are nine cakes of the Yeavering Bell 4ply yarn that I bought from Whistlebare Yarns in Northumberland, when we were on holiday in March. So much fluff came off this while I was winding it, I had to keep sweeping the table in between each one! After I'd bought it, I thought it might be a bit too itchy to wear next to the skin, but now that I've handled it again, it is actually quite soft and snuggly.

Whistlebare Yarns

Finally to the left of that are about 14 or 15 cakes of Eden Cottage Yarns Pendle 4ply, again bought at Yarndale 2014. This is earmarked for a cardigan that was featured in an issue of Simply Crochet.

Eden Cottage Yarns

The first skein that I wound was my own hand-dyed yarn, and after that I decided to keep all the others smaller, which is why there are so many. It pained me to cut the yarn and start again each time - I wish I could've wound the whole skein in one go - but even doing smaller ones I still got the yarn caught in the cog mechanism a couple of times, which is really annoying. I managed to free it without it being damaged though.

I was really pleased to get them all done, because I can actually use them now. However, so far I only have a serious plan for the Eden Cottage yarn - I'm not sure what to do with the rest of it. Suggestions welcome!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Review: Started Early, Took My Dog

Started Early, Took My Dog Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fourth Jackson Brodie novel, and judging by the ending, probably (hopefully) not the last.

Two years have passed since the events of book three, and Jackson is back doing private investigations, helping an adopted woman in New Zealand track down her birth parents. As usual, nothing ever runs smoothly, and along the way he encounters an ex-cop dealing with the consequences of an impulse purchase, a missing social worker, an actress whose memory is fading along with her career, and he himself becomes the subject of a private investigation - the hunter becomes the hunted. Oh, and he rescues a dog.

There are some harrowing scenes in this novel, which I almost had to skip as I was finding them too upsetting, but as with the previous three books, there is a lot of humour as well. I was born and bred in Leeds, so it was nice to read about places that I'm familiar with too. The chapters shifted between the present, and the 1970's, which I sometimes struggled to keep up with, but I think that was because I read it over a few nights, and I just kept forgetting what was what and who was who.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book - I think it's my favourite Jackson Brodie story so far.

And three cheers for The Ambassador!

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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 - Partner Predictions

Just for a bit of fun, I thought I'd try and predict who might be dancing with who, prior to the launch show at 7.15pm on BBC One.

I've no idea how tall anyone is, so I might be completely wrong based on heights. I also can barely remember any of the celebs from 2014, so I may have matched the pros with a similar celeb to who they had last year. But like I said, it's just a bit of fun!

So, in no particular order, these are my predictions (not even attempting to spell some of the pro dancers surnames, sorry!):

Kirsty Gallacher + Tristan
Daniel O'Donnell + Kristina
Peter Andre + Oti (new pro)
Katie Derham + Giovanni (new pro)
Georgia May Foote + Gleb (new pro)
Iwan Thomas + Janette
Anita Rani + Brendan
Jay McGuiness + Ola
Ainsley Harriott + Aliona
Carol Kirkwood + Anton
Jeremy Vine + Natalie
Kellie Bright + Kevin
Anthony Ogogo + Karen
Jamelia + Aljaz
Helen George + Pasha

I'll pop back later to reveal how wrong I am with all of these!
Haha, well I got two right, but I was miles away with the rest of them!

So the official pairings (and my initial thoughts) are:
Daniel O'Donnell and Kristina - I think he'll be the first to leave.
Kellie Bright and Kevin - Love Kevin, so I want them to do well, but I'm not sure that she'll be able to keep up. She seems fun though, so I think they'll have a good laugh along the way.
Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan - Kind of indifferent to them, but I think she'll be good
Peter Andre and Janette - I think I might have a teeny tiny soft spot for Peter Andre, I don't find him as annoying as I used to, so I think I'd like them to do well. He'll probably be good at the Latin, but struggle with the ballroom at first.
Katie Derham and Anton - Anton can't do Latin, they'll only get so far with good ballroom dances. Finding her a bit irritating so far, her smile looks too forced.
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni - They'll be cute and/or sexy and will probably go a long way
Iwan Thomas and Ola - Not sure about Iwan, think he might turn out to be a bit wooden
Anita Rani and Gleb - She seems to have a confident and determined personality, and I could see her going a long way. Gleb is gorgeous, but I hope he has a good sense of humour like Aljaz - would be a shame if Claudia and Zoe's funny comments are lost on him (and I'm sure there will be many comments from them throughout the series).
Jay McGuiness and Aliona - I'm already finding him a bit creepy, to be honest, seems like he's just there to ogle the women. Does he know Aliona got married recently?
Ainsley Harriott and Natalie - I've never really liked Ainsley, always found him a bit too OTT, but thought he was a bit calmer and quieter at the launch show, nerves maybe? As long as he keeps the gurning under control, I might be able to tolerate him.
Carol Kirkwood and Pasha - Should've known that they wouldn't want Pasha to win two years in a row, so they'll give him someone who (presumably) won't get too far. Sorry Carol.
Jeremy Vine and Karen - I think he'll give it his all, but I don't think Karen will be around for long unfortunately.
Anthony Ogogo and Oti - Seems weird to have joined a dancing show when you've got a shoulder injury, I wonder how that will impact on their first few dances? He seems keen though, so they might do pretty well.
Jamelia and Tristan - Can't decide if I like her or not, but I think she'll turn out to be pretty good
Helen George and Aljaz - I really like Aljaz, so I'd like them to go a long way. I think she'll look good, but might be a bit clumsy/make silly mistakes.

I was catching up on Twitter while they did their first group dance so I didn't really see what any of them looked like. So based on no evidence whatsoever, I'll have a complete stab in the dark at the final three and say:

Anita Rani and Gleb (winners)
Peter Andre and Janette (2nd place)
Georgia May Foote and Giovanni (3rd place)

with Jamelia and Tristan just missing out in fourth place.

Ha, I bet I regret typing that in about three month's time!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Review: The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think this was a free monthly download from Amazon.

The blurb made it sound like it was going to be an exciting, psychological suspense thriller, but I'm afraid it was none of those things.

I'm usually hopeless at guessing the 'whodunnits' or the 'whydunnits' of plots, most of the time I don't even try to figure it out, but it was clear even to me what was happening here, and what the conclusion was going to be. No suspense at all.

I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable, and thought they were all quite one-dimensional.

Only took me a couple of evenings to read, whilst on holiday - glad I didn't pay for it!

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Border Country

We've recently returned from another holiday in the Scottish Borders. We stayed in the same cottage that we went to in March; we were very happy with it last time, and it's nice to know what kind of place you're going to be staying in, especially with a very active toddler! For example, when we were there before, Junior was obsessed with closing all the doors - it was a miracle that we never had any trapped fingers. Just to be on the safe side, this time I took some of those foam door stoppers that slot over the top of the door (I borrowed my mum's, but forgot to take ours). As it happens though, I think he's got over the novelty of closing doors now, or he realised that if he left them open there was more room for him to run around!

I took loads of photos, of course, but I'll just have to select a few of the ones that don't feature Junior.

We were lucky with the weather for most of the week, so we managed to fit in a few trips to the beach. Chris and I have never been bothered about beach holidays before, but we think that will change now that we've got Junior, as he absolutely loves playing on the sand and going for a little paddle in the sea.

There are three nice beaches in and around Berwick-upon-Tweed. The first one we went to was just off Pier Road, it was lovely and quiet, and Junior enjoyed throwing seaweed up in the air.

heart-shaped - found on the beach at Pier Road

Next, we went to Coldingham Bay. Back in March it had been deserted, but this time it was heaving! It's a very popular surfing spot, it seems. Junior was wearing a t-shirt and some denim shorts, which got quite wet and kept slipping down. As we walked back up the beach, Chris and I were swinging him between us, and on one swing I noticed he no longer had his shorts on. They were a few yards behind us, just sitting there on the sand, and his nappy was inside them too! Whoops - little half-naked boy! Opposite the car park is a surf shop, so after we'd put a clean nappy on him, we popped in and he came out in his very first wetsuit! He looks so cute in it, like a proper little surfer dude!

Later, we went to another of Berwick's beaches, which is near the golf club - there are a lot of steps down to the beach, but it was nice, and there were a lot of rock pools.

The third beach is actually just out of Berwick, at a place called Spittal. Doesn't sound very appealing, but it was actually a very nice beach, and again, quite empty.

looking left

looking right
Probably the best beach we visited though was Cheswick Sands. Again, there is a long walk to get there, but this time over huge sand dunes. It's worth it though, when you get to this:

They were all taken on the same day, despite the difference in the sky (we were there for a couple of hours though). I even dipped my toes in the North Sea, but nobody needs to see a photo of me with my jeans rolled up and my pasty white legs on display!

We had a few 'animal' adventures too during the week. We went back to Eshott Heugh Animal Park, near Morpeth. I showed you loads of photos last time (remember the peacock obsession?) so just a few this time.

forget your exotic animals, I was just happy to make friends with a cat

obligatory meerkat photo


oh no, not again...

how did a photo of me get in here?
On Thursday, we went to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World, which was very enjoyable. (It was similar to Tropical World at Roundhay Park in Leeds, which is the only other place like it that I've been to, but I'm sure there are many others around the country).

I've spared you the photos of tarantulas (they were behind glass and there was too much reflection, to be honest).

On Friday, we went back to Edinburgh, this time to visit the zoo. I couldn't get over it's location - on a very busy main road, nestled between hotels, houses and shops. Prepare for more animals:

baby meerkats


giant panda

looks like a chick?

not sure where this shifty lot were going...

dwarf mongooses

rock hyrax


Scottish wildcat



so cute - my mum's favourite

sun bear

 And just a few more snaps of other places

the River Tweed

looking the other way

Henderson Park, Coldstream
Norham Castle

I can also recommend a visit to the Heatherslaw Light Railway, on the Ford & Etal Estate, but unfortunately I didn't take any photos (other than of Junior).

So all in all, another really lovely holiday in the Scottish Borders.

Wow, that was a really long post wasn't it? I'm off for a lie down...

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