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May 24, 2012 - Melrose Abbey

A most unusual day for the UK. My car said it was 24C this afternoon & London was forecast to be 29C. It was still quite hazy which was a pity because I went through some magnificent country today. Last year I drove through Melrose on my way to Edinburgh but it was Saturday & I couldn’t find a park so kept going. I glimpsed the Abbey & it looked lovely so I was determined to go back this time. No problems with parking today, there was a lot just across the road where it cost me £1 to park for 4 hours. However, the Abbey church itself, which...

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May 23, 2012 - Bamburgh Castle & Farne Islands

Another fine day although a bit hazy along the coast. I could see the huge fortress of Bamburgh Castle from Holy Island yesterday so that was today’s destination. The construction of the great tower was begun in 1164 when a sum of £4 is recorded for its erection. With 3 walls 9ft thick & one 11 ft thick it was built to last. It was originally built for the King of Northumbria but was a ruin by the end of the 17th Century. It was bought for £60,000 by the first Lord Armstrong in the late 19th century & most of the fortress we see today is...

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May 22, 2012 - The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Sorry, I had to cut it short last night – it just got too late & I think you got the gist of it all. Today was the day. I’ve been waiting for the weather & the tides to come together for my excursion to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne & I couldn’t have picked a better day. The causeway was open from 8:00am to 2:40pm & it was bright & sunny. In fact it got to 20C this afternoon which was excellent. I had a reasonably early start & was on the island by 9:30, which is when the priory opened. You can drive onto the island which is fortunate...

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May 21, 2012 - Rosslyn Chapel

I woke up this morning to thick fog, which was a bit of a surprise. It showed no signs of lifting so I went inland again. I should have stopped at Rosslyn Chapel on my way south last Friday but I didn’t realize how close I was. It was about an hour’s drive north up the A1 towards Edinburgh & was easy driving. By the time I got to the town of Roslin I was out of the fog & into a beautiful sunny day. I knew that most of the exterior of the chapel was undergoing renovations so was shrouded in scaffolding but the trip was very worth-while. Not...

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May 20, 2012 - Scottish Border Country

Last night I had a very pleasant dinner with my landlady Agnes & 2 of her children, Marcus who is 4th year of High School & Bernadette who’s in 1st year. Their older brother Dominic is a 1st year med student at Edinburgh University. The husband, Bob was in London for the day & wasn’t due home until late. Agnes is Austrian, from Saltzburg but has lived in Scotland for all her married life. She’s a language expert, speaks several languages fluently, including Arabic, & conducts private language classes because she doesn’t agree at all with...

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May 19, 2012 - Berwick upon Tweed

Today is dry with a few patches of sunshine so the weather is definitely improving. I went into the ancient border town of Berwick this morning to pick up some brochures from the Tourist Information & to have a look around. It’s about 6 miles away & somewhere between here & Berwick I crossed the border because Chirnside is in Scotland but Berwick is in England. I thought the River Tweed was the border but it’s not in this area. There was a street market in the main square which is held on Wednesdays & Saturdays, according to Berwick’s...

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May 18, 2012 - Croy to Chirnside

I woke up very early & was on the road just after 8:00am. The rain held off while I packed up the car but it’s been cloud & drizzle most of the way. It was about 250 miles but most of it was on good roads. Some divided road, a bit of motorway around Edinburgh & Stirling but mostly on the 2-lane A9. I had a short stop in Perth but my major stop was at Falkirk because I wanted to see the Falkirk Wheel which I heard about when I was in Ayr. This is the only rotary boat lift in the world & replaces a series of 11 locks which used to connect the...

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