Grateful Thursday 11.05.2017 Or Just Another Excuse for a Photo Blog

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.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Megan says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos. Looking at pictures of nature always brightens my day 🙂 I had no idea Merlin actually died in the legends! This is what I get for learning Arthurian legends through TV shows rather than reading the actual poems.


    1. Debra says:

      Glad I could brighten your day. Well, with all the legends you will find multiple versions. I know 2 places Merlin is supposed to rest here in the Borders. In one tree on the Eildon Hills near Melrose and the other place is Drumelzier. Then we have the legend of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh which you can compare to the Kyffhäuser Legende. Just like Friedrich Barbarossa, Arthur is sleeping in the mountain and is supposed to wake up when Scotland needs him the most. You would think with all this Brexit nonsense and the Tories’ attempt to establish a totalitarian system Arthur should have plenty of reason to wake up and help Scotland. And yes you are correct, losing your insanity can only be a blessing at the moment.


      1. Megan says:

        You’re like an encyclopedia of knowledge, Debra! I learned so much from your wonderful blog. Unfortunately, I think Arthur might have awakened, then took a look at the current mess and thought it would be better to return to sleep 😉


      2. Debra says:

        Right you are!


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