Monday, 31 August 2015

Summer Chores and another Summer Outing: Pee-bles

Last day of August and the last week of school holidays.  Time and the pace of life seem too have speeded up in the past few weeks after the long lazy days at the end of July.  Things shift after the exam results days, and my mind turns back to work and also to the chores on my summer list.  So I've been decluttering and painting.  The understairs cupboard is now tidy and piles of unwanted clothes and books have been given to Barnardo's.  Yesterday I even painted the shed, so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself,  Today I'm having a rest from all this physical activity and catching up with the blog and some reading for school.  But I thought I'd share the results of one summer project - our new seating area in the kitchen.  We tend to hang out in here with the dog watching tele rather than the lounge and, until now, it had a range of random, unmatched furniture.  I'm very pleased with my coffee table from John Lewis which has storage for remotes, ipads, glasses, notebooks and other assorted clutter.  I also like the grey squares cushions which came from that emporium of good taste - Primark.. 



I want also to record another of our summer outings earlier this month to Peebles in Scotland where my husband had signed up for another cycle event, the Tour of the Borders.  We stayed right in the town centre in the Tontine hotel, which dates from 1808 and was built by French prisoners from the Napoleonic War.  Downstairs, it was quite grand with a big, formal dining room complete with chandeliers.  It was also busy, full of other cyclists as well as tourists.  We had the dog with us which is probably why we were in a rather poky room right at the top of the building, well away from other guests.  He was well behaved with one exception: one afternoon, before we could stop him, he pee-d on the peonies just outside the front door! 



We arrived on the Saturday afternoon before the race and explored the town which is quite touristy with lots of little craft shops, ice cream parlours and cafes.  It has quite a few independent shops, including a couple of good shoe shops and is free from the usual high street stores.  Behind the hotel and the main street is a park and the river where registration for the cycle event was taking place.


On Sunday morning I got up early with my husband to see him set off, while my daughter slept in. Or tried to.  Outside the hotel, groups of cyclists were starting the race encouraged by loud thumpy music and an enthusiastic commentator. So we got up and had breakfast in the Adam room which overlooks the river.  I had the full works breakfast with haggis - very nice indeed.


Unfortunately my husband didn't enjoy the ride as it was stopped for an hour because of an accident: someone came off on a steep hill and had to be rescued by air ambulance.  He was ok in the end and apologised to the other riders who had to wait around getting cold at the top of the hill until he was taken to hospital.  Just glad it wasn't my husband who arrived back around lunchtime safe but grumpy, having had to do the shorter version of the ride because of the delay.

We spent the rest of the day lazily exploring the town walking by the river, eating cake in a cafe in the afternoon and then later on pizza in a very good Italian restaurant just by the bridge.  Cooked breakfast, cake and pizza all in one day - that's why I'm having to cut back now!

7 comments:

  1. The hotel sounds like an interesting place to stay, glad that it was mostly a good visit and that the other rider was OK. Your new sofa and coffee table arrangement look really great! Always good too to have a place to stash things away! xx

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  2. A cracking coffee table; it looks like it could hide a lot!

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  3. Your sitting room looks really lovely now - great table and can't believe the cushions are from Primark?! Sounds like a nice trip to Scotland too and good that the race ended without serious injury. Hope you're settling into September ok - hard to believe the holidays are all over! x

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  4. Love your new seating! Very tasteful. Primark is always worth a visit for you can quite often get something really good for a fraction of the cost elsewhere. We stopped off in Peebles last September to visit the James Inglis shoe shop. I managed to get a couple of pairs - they do narrow fittings, which I need.

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  5. Hi Doris, hope you are well over there. I love the new cosy corner of your kitchen; it's such a luxury to have more than one place to sit and hang out at home. Completely immersed in school again at this end - I imagine you are too xxx

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  6. Your kitchen seating area looks very inviting and nicely accessorised by the dog! Pee-bles made me laugh even though it must've been embarrassing at the time :-) xx

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  7. I do love a sofa in the kitchen! We opted for a kitchen table instead, and there's not room for both, but your arrangement looks really cosy and comfortable. The table is lovely. Sorry to hear there was an accident during your husband's race, sounds a nasty one. Despite living in Scotland, I have never visited Peebles! X

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