This blog is to introduce you to my town - Peebles, in the Scottish Borders - just one photo at a time, with perhaps a little description and maybe some history thrown in. I hope you will find it interesting. The title comes from a historical comment made by someone who preferred Peebles to the great and famous cities. I know how they felt. It's always a pleasure to return here however long you've been away.

If you want to make a comment, ask me a question, or merely just want to say "hello, I've dropped in", you can do that by using the comment section below each entry. (Just click on the word COMMENT and follow instructions. ) I'd love to know what you think of what you see of my town.

I don't have an expensive elaborate camera so the photo quality may not be brilliant, but I'd like to think my pics will please you. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thanks to Mary H for the lovely designs I used for my background, and thanks too to all of you who have chosen to support my blog by becoming "followers".

Sunday, 31 January 2010


Over the next few days, I thought I would show some photos for Andrew so he can see some of the changes in his home town over the last few years! In today's photo are some of the flats and houses built on the site of one of the old woollen mills that used to proliferate along the rivers of the Scottish Borders. So many of the mills have closed, and are still closing, mainly due to cheap imports. It's such a shame. This is Damcroft, near March Street, beside the Cuddy (for Andrew's benefit).

Saturday, 23 January 2010


Well I guess rain is better than snow, but it's a gey dreich day today! Dull and dismal! Hey, but take a look at the raindrops on the tree branches! There's beauty even in this weather!

Thursday, 21 January 2010

The great beech

I keep coming back to this tree, my favourite beech, the one that trails its twigs in the river. I don't often take this view but look at the stone embedded in the tree trunk! It just shows what can happen when a sapling is planted too close to a wall as when the tree grows it is going to grow round anything too close - or knock it down. I suspect both have happened here, and as the wall has fallen this stone has been prevented from falling by the tree!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Old Caledonian Station

Looking across to where the old Caledonian Railway Station used to be found. It was one of two stations in Peebles and was situated on the west/east line, Symington to Peebles. The line closed in 1950, and the station land now has houses built on it.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Haylodge Park

This is Hay Lodge Park, which is now our public park, though it used to be the parkland of the Hay family in the days when they lived at Hay Lodge - now part of the Peebles Health centre. Taken the same day as I went walking along the riverside justafter Christmas.
The best slopes for sledging are at the far end!