Yesterday we picked up a car (my folks don’t have one) and headed down into the borders to a bothy called Hope.

It is an old shepherds cottage that the local farmer no longer needs but still owns. Its upkeep has been passed on to the Border Bothies Association. It is one of my favourite places and Iona had specifically requested that we go back.

I’ll post some pictures tomorrow sometime, but it was bliss to be completely alone (or as alone as you can be with 2 children and 2 parents) and reading Harry Potter by gas lamp!

Iona and Calum climbed the hill opposite and Calum and I built a very fine dam in the stream.

After getting some sleep (though not too much) we headed back today and now Iona and I are off to catch up with Calum and see the HP movie too!

:: Justin ::