Driving South

During half term, I ventured with the kids down to Cheshire to stay with their grandparents. Jana stayed home so I was in sole charge of these two!

It’s a long drive, so we had a pit stop at RSPB Leighton Moss, where we ran up and down the board-walks…

…climbed their new ‘Skytower’ and admired the view…

…and found a tree to climb (of course!).

Finally, we made it to Grandpa and Noreen’s house!

The next day we headed to the delightful Tatton Park, where we kept Grandpa entertained at the playground…

…stopped for a photo op…

…then finished the day at Home Farm.

Another day, we went looking for deer at Dunham Massey. We only caught glimpses of the deer but we saw plenty of ducks and geese on the pond…

…and had lots of fun at the ‘natural playground’. (Yes, grandpa is a big kid!)

We had a lovely time. Before we headed back to Scotland, we had time to visit granny and aunty Charlie.

Oh, and Ellie wanted me to show you the tower she built.

That’s my last bit of time off work for two months. Roll on Christmas…!


The Hidden Streets of Peebles

One of the easiest ways to entertain the kids in Peebles is to go exploring down the little side-streets, ‘closes’ or ‘wynds’ that branch off the high street.

Pennel’s Close is a highlight. It’s the site of the Peebles Mural, a recently-completed commission by locally-based artist Michael Jessing that tells the history of the town. Here’s the artist at work.

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And here’s someone demonstrating the scale.

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Pennel’s Close contains a maze of hexagonal blocks, like a miniature Giant’s Causeway. It’s perfect for a spot of kiddie Parkour!

The Chambers Institution is further down the high street. It has a courtyard with a spectacular war memorial.

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School Brae meanwhile is a hotspot for craft shops…

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… and the delightful Leaven Deli.

What did the EU ever do for us?


Parliament Square is a piece of history. It’s believed to be where the Scottish parliament once met in the fourteenth century.

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Other destinations are more prosaic. One passageway ends at a dentist’s.

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Another leads to a cute tearoom.

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This one leads to a…. is ‘hovel’ the right word?

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Some of the streets are not exactly scenic.

On a brighter note, some folk have been generous enough to open up their backyards to the public. This ‘community garden’ is a delight.

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But unfortunately this ‘secret garden’ is someone’s idea of a practical joke.


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Being explorers is thirsty work!

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Magical Puppet Show

A quick word for the delightful Biggar Puppet Theatre.

We’ve been meaning to come here for a while and finally got round to it today. It’s a magical place, set in a traditional stone building with lovely grounds.

The theatre is enchanting. The staff are enthusiastic and friendly. The show itself was entertaining and inventive. We were entranced.

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You can’t take pictures during the show but here’s a clip from the official YouTube channel to give you a flavour of it.

I’d highly recommend Biggar Puppet Theatre. We’ll definitely be back.

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