A Very Lazy Day…….. well its hot

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The day started as predicted with clear skies and a thermometer set to rise.   An early start seemed the best option,  Buster no longer enjoys the hot weather for walkies (not that I am that keen either!).

All quiet by the Lake and despite a breeze the morning mist still lingered over the water.  The only sign of movement was from a shoal of large Carp, coasting along just below the surface, dorsal fin just etching a line between the ripples.

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But that was it for the day…shade was needed as our temperatures reached 33c.  OK not hot for some folk, but here in middle England that is hot.

So dinner on the patio tonight, it should be a trifle cooler.  Then we will wait and see what tomorrow will bring

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Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

When is a Castle not a Castle ?

 

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Floors Castle, Kelso, Roxburghshire,  The Sottish Borders

High above the famous River Tweed, on the fringe of the Scottish Border town of Kelso, stands the rather fine Scottish Floors Castle. It is an imposing building in an equally imposing location of gardens and a wider Country Estate.

But this is not a traditional Scottish Castle.  Built in 1721, for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe, to a design by the architect William Adam, it was in fact  designed as a rather fine ‘Country House’.  Those castle like features of Turrets and Battlements were added later in the 19th century., but it was never designed as a fortress.  No matter it is still a rather grand building.  Today I am told that Floors Castle is the largest inhabited ‘castle’ in Scotland.   It is also the  family home of the  11th Duke of Roxburghe.

The name Floors is rather intriguing.  I was told of two possible meanings.  Floors being the adaption of the French word  Fleurs  or flowers.  Todays  magnificent gardens would be a fitting tribute to that name.   The other possibility is the interpretation that Floors means Terraces, and Floors Castle is certainly built on  a high terrace above the Tweed.

The Scottish Borders are rich in history.  Nor can you travel far without tripping over a Castle or Abbey all in great scenery.  All well worth exploring …. if you do take a tour put Floors Castle on the top of your list.

As always….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th August

(C) David Oakes 2020