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Monday, 18 January 2010

A Love Affair with Ettrick.

Last weekend I travelled up to Ettrick in the Scottish borders hoping to find romance - romance was exactly what I found.

The Ettrick Valley is a wild, rugged, beautiful place full of the things lacking from everyday modern life. It provides a breathtakingly vast, majestic, timeless magnificent countryside steeped in mystery, legend and romance.

When I return I want to have a falconry lesson at the local falconry centre, a carriage driving lesson with the 'Chariots of Fire' team made up of rescue horses and local children, and take my horses to ride across the huge open hills along the ancient drover's ways.

I would also like to spend more time in the company of the serene, peaceful, doe-eyed Alpacas and Llamas belonging to my very kind friend, learning more about these enchanting animals from the mountainsides of Peru.

I want to return to spend more time enjoying the charm and friendly welcomes I recieved at the traditional local Scottish pubs with their own tales of ghosts and legends, where I was welcomed with warmth and interest, and enjoy more of their wonderful traditional Scottish food and drink.

For me Etterick was a unique mix of comfort combined with awe, legend, mystery, romance and magic where I stepped back in time. I left a part of my heart there and must go back again.

It will be like going home.


  1. Here you are! I was wondering where on Earth you disappeared. Now I know!

    Do you think you will keep writing training horses and progress with Ct. Or is it on the back burner for now?

  2. Beautiful! Wow, what amazing pictures.

  3. And so Helen adds more to her bucket list. She is never going to die because she has so much she must accomplish!! I am happy you had a nice weekend and saw more of life unscripted. More pictures, MORE, MORE!!!!

  4. Thank you all so much.

    Muriel, the trouble is that I always need a reason - a goal - a pupose. I can never do anything just for the sake fo it.

    My horses understand what clicker training is all about - now they need a job to do with it and so do I.

    I think I've found one now.



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