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The Boat Across the Tweed

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I’m in England, taking this photograph (and with an unwarranted private sign behind me, as the river path is, I have been told, a public right-of-way); and the boat is tied up in Scotland, waiting for a salmon fisherman to commandeer it.

October 22, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Boat across the Water

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The boat is in Scotland, the riverside flowers are in England (which is why there is a newly erected notice just behind me saying PRIVATE, NO RIGHT OF WAY . In Scotland there is no law of trespass). Several cars went through the middle of the nearby bridge between the two countries last time there was really cold weather as apparently no-one had gritted the road. I don’t know which authority was responsible for paying for the repairs, which took several weeks. Anyway, no such problem on the sunny day when I took this photograph, just inside trespassing territory.

July 16, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reflection: The Bridge Between Scotland and England

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January 3, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bridge Between Scotland and England

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September 19, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

River Tweed

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I was happy to wake up in early this morning and to find out that this beautiful river is still a border between two countries and not a barrier.

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September 19, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Coldstream Bridge: A Border Crossing

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This is the bridge between Scotland and England, a few yards from where I live. In the summer students sit on the weir or swim in the river, celebrating the end of their exams. Herons fly from bank to bank of the Tweed, the boundary river. Half a mile further along the river there are flocks of Canada geese, all mingled up with greylag geese and swans, and gulls and ducks. These are Borderlands.

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September 17, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 6 Comments

Beech in May

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There is a venerable beech tree beside the path that runs through the woods between Lennel and Coldstream. Whilst other trees are stil almost leafless, and still others are sprinkled with young leaves, this tree’s foliage shines out against the sky.  This bronze of beech leaves makes the sky seem almost mauve. The woods round here are deciduous, so swathes of flowers grow beneath them, unlike the conifer woods near where we used to live, where the ground was barren, and only foxgloves thrived in the occasional open spaces. When I went back to the Liddel Valley all the woods where I used to walk with my son had been cut down, the landscape was unrecognisable.  Lovely, therefore, to see the ancient trees in Berwickshire, and to be able to walk freely through these woods, in Scotland where there is no law of trespass.

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May 4, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

   

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