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Liddesdale Woodland


June 19, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. Love the quietness of this beautiful spot.


    Comment by Mary | June 20, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Mary. You probably appreciate it more because of your present tree project. I admire you, trees are such difficult objects to draw and paint. The trunks alone have such a variety of colour. Yes, it was a lovely spot to roam, along the route of the vanished railway line. Some of the line is being reinstated, between Edinburgh and Galashiels, but it will never come to Liddesdale again. Sad, but it has left a beautiful, quiet walk behind.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | June 22, 2014 | Reply

      • Thank you Cara for your beautiful comment – really appreciate it. If I had it in me, what I should do is paint a tree every day for a year and even then I’d still be learning about them. You are so right the trunks are pretty special from smooth and colorful bark specimens to gnarly and rough with deep crevices – love them all.


        Comment by Mary | June 23, 2014

  2. Cara that is beautiful sorting my other blog so I am in the wrong page but have a great wekend


    Comment by sevenoaksmops | June 20, 2014 | Reply

    • Lovely to hear from you again, Doron, good luck with the blog. We haven’t had such a great weekend. Last night we were woken by what sounded like the sound of running water coming down the walls. Rats are not uncommon in the country here and they can cause(and have caused) a lot of damage chewing pipework, so Tony was up all night, switching off the water at the stopcock, then trying to locate a leak, thinking he would have to get up all the floorboards in the loft. Anyway, he started by dismantling the showerhead, as the noise had sounded loudest in there. We put all the stuff from the shower room on the bedroom window. No apparent problems with the shower, so next stop seemed to be to dismantle the tongue and groove flooring in the loft, a difficult task – still no leaks apparent anywhere however. Then we suddenly heard a noise from the windowsill, which we stared at for a while. Noise stops, then starts again. Then stops. There is no machinery anywhere near there. Open the window, is anyone mowing a lawn? No. Then the noise starts up again. And we realise that it is the little battery-operated razor that has been left in a china mug and is turning itself on and off, and has been causing all this trouble. Sounded so loud in the middle of the night. So not a particularly good weekend, but at least we didn’t make fools of ourselves and call out a plumber…. The day can only improve.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | June 22, 2014 | Reply

      • Hi Cara good to hear from you, I am up and down waiting for some reults to see what treatment can help. What an amazing story.. I am sorry to read it and hope you recovered since. Thank goodness you did not dismanteled everything that could be a colossal damage and work to repair.. Glade you found it at some stage anyhow. Bet you manage to sleep and node off during the next day.. At least no major costs as plumbers know to charge too…
        You look after yourself and keep in touch soon have a great weekend xxx


        Comment by sevenoaksmops | June 27, 2014

      • Good luck, Doron. New treatments for all sorts of conditions are being discovered every day, I do hope things improve for you. The animated razor was a hoot, but not so funny if we’d spent £100 on a plumber for nothing, not to mention dismantling the floor….


        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | June 29, 2014

      • Cara Thank you
        Lets hope you don’t have many returns hoot episodes… as it affect the ticking machine too.. glade you have spare cash now to spend on a good cause.. speak to you soon x


        Comment by sevenoaksmops | June 29, 2014

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