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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Monday, 10 November 2014

MELROSE. (10/11/14)

This morning I braved the A708 from Moffat to Selkirk. It’s a grand twisty road. It takes me through some stunning countryside but although it’s two lane it is just a bit too narrow to relax on. The Highland single track roads are in many ways easier.

My plan was to stop at the Grey Mares Tail, I think it is the fifth highest waterfall in Great Britain. I did stop and waited an hour to see if the fog would clear but came to the conclusion that it was cloud I was in and not mist. On we went and suddenly I could see for miles. I stopped at the Tibbie Shiels Inn and  would have stopped the night if I could have found anyone to negotiate a price with. I took some pictures instead.

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_MG_0840     The Loch of the Lowes. On I went but not before knocking the exhaust pipe on a nasty hump. No real damage but I had to crawl under the van to replace one of the big rubber bands that hold it on.

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_MG_0843     St Mary’s Loch. The little white dot dead centre is the Tibbie Shiels Inn.

Eventually we arrived in Melrose. It is a grand little town and has all that is required to keep body and soul together.

_MG_0845     It would be better if it wasn’t foggy.

_MG_0844       I called at Millers the butcher and got a steak to celebrate. It is a superb shop but a wee bit pricey. I’ll try his Haggis and puddings tomorrow.

There are lots of things to take pictures of here so I may stay a while. I’m on my way to St Abb’s Head but I have a good couple of weeks to fit everything in. Now I have miles of video to edit for tomorrow.

Have a great week.

34 comments:

  1. Those reflections are stunning, Adrian!

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    1. Frances, it's just luck. Nine times out of ten it is blowing a hooley. Worth knocking an exhaust pipe for.

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  2. Yippee the big reflection shots are back, I was missing them y'know. Thank you

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    1. Douglas, it's just being in the right place at the right time. I would have switched to a wider lens but it looked a bit murky. I wish I had now as the 24mm would have got me pictures sharp front to back.

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  3. I love the pics of the lochs. Beautiful pictures, Adrian!!

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    1. Ruby, it turned out to be a good day.

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  4. Impressive water reflection photos.

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    1. Monica, I was lucky St Mary's lock did have ripples when I arrived but it soon flattened off.

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  5. The reflections of the Loch, are spendid, fine blog I think.

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    1. Bob, I always enjoy a good reflection. A bit more drama in the sky would have been good.

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  6. Another beautiful collection, Adrian. Stunning views and fabulous photos. The name of the street where I lived the first 13 years of my life was Melrose Avenue (in Montreal).

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    1. Hilary, thank you. Now hopefully you will be able to see plenty of the town your avenue was named after.

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  7. ESPECTACULARES!!! Los reflejos son impresionantes.
    Buen lunes ;))
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, me podría haber sentado allí todo el día.

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  8. Simpy beautiful Adrian, the poesie inside, you are an artist really
    it is a great pleasure for me looking at your pics, thanks for sharing

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    1. Laura, not an artist. Nature is the artist.

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  9. All stunning reflections Adrian. So well composed. What a super display in the butchers window.

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    1. Cath, I'll get some more views of the butchers. I may have to stay here a week to sample his wares.

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  10. We were in Melrose last year. There we took lunch with a wonderful photographer of the Scottish borders. To see Walter Baxter's stuff go to http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/6638

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    1. YP, thanks for the link. I've had a good look at the views he found in Melrose. I'll extend my stay and try and portray it in it's gloomy November clothes.

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  11. You really know how to pick stunning scenery to stay in. You couldn't get water any calmer than you found.

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    1. Red, the A708 is a wonderful road. Most of it was shrouded in fog but at least it cleared for a while.

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  12. Love this series. Had to stay awhile to take it all in. Thoroughly enjoyable, Adrian!

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    1. Laura, I could have stayed there all day. It's rare to get such still water.

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  13. Looks like a great location Adrian.

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    1. Adam, I'm hoping that the rain will stop long enough for me to get some pictures.

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    1. Maria, it was almost at it's best.

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  15. Crackin' reflection photos Gromit.

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    1. Graham, I was thrilled to bits. I have been here several times and never been lucky enough to catch the Lochs as peaceful.

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  16. Superb reflections on your journey.
    It's probably been about six years since I was last in Melrose, potentially the best feel and my most favourite place in the area, but somehow when I go, it always feels like it has been better in the past.

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    1. Jay, I had never been before but I took to the place.

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