Today I am grateful for sunshine, a few bugs and a car. As this is the prerequisite for a nice day out exploring the region.
If you love trees and are visiting the Scottish Borders, Dawyck Botanic Gardens is the place you need to go. Dawyck Gardens are situated between Stobo and Drumelzier (the place where Merlin is supposedly buried) and just a few miles away from Peebles.
Dawyck Gardens (pronounced Deuck) is an outpost of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and dates back to the 17th century. The majority of plants were brought to Dawyck by David Douglas, the famous tree hunter the Douglas Fir was named after.
The garden gift shop and the cafe are also worth a visit and according to my friend you have to try the ham&cheese croissants (I had the Halloumi-Grilled Peppers-Ciabatta and it was nice too). Remember to gift-aid your admission ticket if you are a UK taxpayer. Working for a charitable trust myself, I know that every penny counts.