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, 15 May 2011

The orphan

Taken a couple of weeks ago, the shepherd had just been up the hill and brought down a lamb whose mother had died.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Spring Green

The view I get in winter of Priorsford Bridge in the distance is hidden all summer when the leaves are fully out. This was taken about three weeks ago when the trees were just opening their buds.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Spring on the Riverside

The daffs have gone and the new leaves are coming out. Well they were a few weeks ago. The trees are in full leaf now.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


The celandines have been very beautiful too this spring.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The daffodils are well over now but they were so pretty along the banks of the river, as well as in gardens and along the roadsides on the way out of Peebles in all directions.

Monday, 9 May 2011


The bees have survived the winter and are happily humming about in the woodland between the river and the hives

Sunday, 8 May 2011

River Island

The island opposite the swimming pool, above Tweed Bridge, was formed by the silting up of the river over several years. I can't remember if it ws there when I was small, but it has been there well over 25 years which is the amount of time I have actually been living here. There is talk every now and again of removing it, but I reckon it is serving a purpose. Without it I would think winter high waters would hit the bridge much harder and undermine it.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

The Cauld

Just a bit of the cauld or weir. It's flowing gently just now because there hasn't been the rain and bad weather we had in the winter.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Peebles old and new

Looking across the river to the church, with the 1980s swimming pool on the riverside, where a tweed mill stood till a fire destroyed it in the 1960s I remember the tall chimney from when I was a child, visiting Peebles with my family. The area of green on the left was probably where the original settlement of Pebyls was in prehistoric times.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Hay Lodge and Riverside House

Much the same view as yesterday's but including Riverside House, built as a hotel apparently, but transformed into retirement flats more than 25 years ago. Perhaps I'll put my name down for one of these - as long as I can have one with a river view.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Hay Lodge

This was once the home of the Hay family whose grounds became our local park. The house now belongs to the National Health Service.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Police Brae

Locally they called it Police Brae because the Police Station was on the corner at the top of the brae. It's real name is Port Brae as this was where the gate or port into Peebles was located centuries ago.

Monday, 2 May 2011

The river

Well, I still haven't had a lot of time to go out on a Peebles photoshoot, but I do have a few more pics. I just thought of course that I have more photos of Peebles on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/52909343@N06/sets/72157624628402139/ though I'm not much better at posting there than here. However, maybe I can set up a few to post daily for the next few days.
Here's the river, as you look down towards the bridge and the church.