Friday, 30 July 2010
The Sugar Mountain! Now what did it replace? It's awful how memory fails you - and this hasn't been there for that many years! Lovely icecream! Lots of flavours.... and sweets/candies/lollies till they come out of your ears - as we say colloquially! If you don't know that saying it just means that there are lots and lots and lots of them!
Thursday, 29 July 2010
I've only been in Peebles for 23 years, but nearly every shop in the High Street has changed hands in that time. Baguette Express was Sclater's Hardware Store. It was a treasure trove and is sorely missed. Head to Toe? Well I can't remember what it was when I first came here. Now it sells, nice perfumes, soaps, toiletry gifts, cards..... Then in the tiny shop at the end, next to the courtyard of the Tontine Hotel is an optician. Again I can't recall what is was, but it has had several incarnations over those years, I think.
Looking back at all these shops in another 23 years could be very interesting! I just wish I had pictures of them from 23 years ago.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Castle Warehouse, the local department store is a bit of an institution in Peebles. It has been open for about a century of Peebles people to buy their clothes, furnishings, carpets and furniture. However, the day of the small town department store is over now and the owners have to find new ways of encouraging customers through the doors. This building on the corner is the Cook Shop, full of kitcheny cooking things, crockery, table mats, gadgets.....
Incidentally, across the road where the steps look as if they belong to a church, are sheltered apartments for various people with "learning difficulties". I can't get on with that expression. I mean don't we all have learning difficulties of some kind or another? The people who live here can only live on their own with the help of a team of carers. And yes, the steps did lead to a church once. It's not that long ago that it was demolished, maybe 25-30 years or so? Not long at all.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
I go here for the ice cream you understand, not for the fish'n'chips and other offerings, not even the pizzas - just the ice cream - and if you believe that, you'll believe anything!
Anyway, here are Gino and his brother Giuseppe behind the counter. It has been a quiet evening! Once the football is over they'll be run off their feet!
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
You can see quite clearly here the width of the original 14th century stone bridge across Tweed. It has had to be widened twice since then - and now it can't cope again with the traffic crossing it. There is talk of a new bridge being built, probably a bit further downriver.
The other thing I was going to say is that if you remember when we had the floods during the winter, the water rose to the level of the tops of the arch supports! Look at it now! The tree branch is a remnant of the floods, caught up behind the bridge.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Monday, 5 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
I was going to enter this photo in the Postcard for Peebles competition this year, but as usual I didn't do anything about it and the closing date came and went!! If I'd won - as if - would you have bought my postcard? No you really don't have to answer that one! It was taken from Fotheringham Bridge way up Tweed, and zoomed in to see the Parish Church behind the trees.