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Issue 12 Jul/Aug 2015



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OUT & ABOUT Where to Go, What to Do


Trusty Fail-Safe Plants for Summer Gardens


Celebrating Duns Hero Jim Clark Help to Start Your Own Business



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s EB Living celebrates its second birthday, we’re delighted to bring you a super summertime issue and to extend our sincere thanks to Ayton, Reston and Auchencrow for their generous donations towards the production costs of the magazine. To keep EB Living free, we are always grateful for donations and sponsorship. If you would like to contribute towards costs, please send your donation to EB Living, Birchfield House, TD14 5LS making cheques payable to EB Living. In this issue we suggest our favourite places to get out and about across the area. From Dunbar in East Lothian to Berwickshire’s Eyemouth and Coldstream you’ll find museums with interactive exhibitions, historic houses with outdoor activities, fabulous galleries with irresistible arts and crafts and a great restaurant for lunch or dinner. Make sure you leave time to visit stunning St Abbs Head, the Number Four Gallery nearby and St Abbs Friday Market for local products. Of course July sees the annual Eyemouth Herring Queen week and Roma Peakman shares with us her pride in being selected as the 2015 Queen. If, like me, you are less than green fingered, our gardening column suggests fail-safe plants to please while Allanton Inn cooks up another mouth-watering dish and our wine column tips us off on well made wines at fantastic prices. Our Fashion and Beauty team went to the Hirsel for a great photo shoot for summer and our health columnist explains ways to delay the process of skin ageing. We look forward to The Wee Toughie while our sports writer reports on a day commemorating the great Jim Clark. As ever, we meet a notable local person, we learn more about eighteenth century morality mores, we have three fascinating book reviews and hear how one young author met early success. Enter our competitions to win her newly published novel or a delightful funky farmyard print from Roni Butcher. And, finally, if you’re looking for support and advice on your own business, help is at hand from Business Gateway while BHA describes their new employability programme run by Seton Care. Enjoy a wonderful EB Living summer.

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Thanks to all those who’ve written or emailed us and do keep those comments coming in. Very many thanks indeed for giving the Ayton Enhancement Group Plant Sale a mention in this issue! We all appreciate it hugely, so thank you for ensuring that many more people might come to our sale than without a mention. Our plan is to plant up Bed No 7 in the centre of the village for which we need funds, as currently it is an eyesore!    Am looking forward to reading all your other excellent articles in the magazine, so thank you for such an interesting issue. C.B., Ayton





03 Competition Winners

10 Three recommended reads

Prize winners from Issue 10

03 Your letters

Write to us

26 Problem Page

A problem shared

27 Lab Report

Four legged comment

FEATURES 04 Open Doors

Congratulations to all our competition winners Issue 10 • Roni Butcher Art: N.W., Hutton • Tamsin Thomson Art: J.M., Cockburnspath • Rough Luxe Interiors: S.M., Norham

BHA’s job related services

05 Local People Profile

Lord Lieutenant Jeanna Swan

OUT & ABOUT 13 Staycation & Vacation Ideas

A special holiday section

NATURE 18 Head Lines

History & nature at St Abb’s Head

19 Fresh Start

Following nature’s phases


07 Tarts on Tour

20 Summer Loving

A disappearing suitcase

11 Run Away Success

WIN a copy of a debut novel

Fresh & funky fashion



22 Skin Deep

06 A Morality Court

22 The Wee Toughie

The role of the Kirk Session

Keep skin healthy & youthful Fresh air & exercise



07 Competition

24 Allanton Inn recipe

WIN a Roni Butcher print

HOMES & GARDENS 08 Top Ten Trusties

Fail safe plants for colour

09 Living Al Fresco


Staying summer fresh

Seared scallops special

24 Well Made Wine

Fantastic buys

SPORT 25 Borders Hero

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Open Doors Lesley takes the reins at coastal communities employability project “Prepare Today for Tomorrow’s Opportunities”


s your goal to find employment? Open Doors, the employability programme run by Seton Care is now based out of BHA’s office at 38 Church Street, Eyemouth. It will serve East Berwickshire coastal communities with job related activities and facilities. Following the departure of Susan Tomlinson, Lesley Swaby has now taken the reins as the Personal Development Worker. There are a number of services available for people who are looking for help to find a job or improve their chances of employment. These opportunities include: • Work Experience Placements • Training opportunities • Skills assessments • Learn employability skills • Intensive one to one support • Coaching and mentoring/Employer support • Supporting individuals to secure and sustain employment At Open Doors we will support unemployed people, including school leavers without a positive career destination, in their search for employment or to develop their employability skills. Every Thursday afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00 we will be hosting our brand new Job Club.

• How to handle telephone interviews • Advice and information on training, apprenticeships, work placements and volunteering • Identify your skills and strengths We would also like to hear from any local employers who may have suitable opportunities for job placements. We can provide one-to-one employability support to new starts in your business. l For more information on our Job Club contact Lesley Swaby on 01890 751800 or 07752 331693, email or look in and see her at 38 Church Street, Eyemouth TD14 5DH

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Local People PROFILE Catriona Cook’s fifth interview is with Jeanna Swan Name? Jean Swan, but I’ve always been called Jeanna. I was named after my aunt but my name needed to be changed a little, so there weren’t a pair of Jeans! Where were you born? Frimley in Camberley. My father was in the Coldstream Guards. Where do you live now? At Blackhouse Farm with my husband. What do you like about living there? I love having the farm with all the animals. There is also the most beautiful view of the Cheviots.

What does your role entail? Encouraging a sense of community and supporting industry, voluntary work and local events e.g. the Eyemouth Herring Queen and Greenlaw Festival. I also lay a wreath on behalf of the Queen on Remembrance Sunday. I’m very dependent on people within the community to tell me who’s doing valuable voluntary work. I can help put forward people for OBEs etc. I’ve met the Queen and Princess Anne a few times, for example, at the Buckingham Palace garden party a couple of weeks ago.

Occupation? Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire and part-time girl groom and farm hand. I used to be a vet.

How did you become Lord Lieutenant? You’re supposed to be asked by the Queen, Prime Minister and First Minister but I think it’s more likely that someone local put my name forward.

Do you enjoy that? Yes, I like talking to people. But I’m not so keen on giving speeches.

What do you do in your spare time? Horse riding, walking with the dogs or with my friends.

Dislike? Nothing.

Childhood role models? James Herriot, he wrote veterinary books and inspired the TV series: All creatures great and small. Favourite film? Kelly’s Heroes. Favourite book? Lord of the Rings, I also like the films but the books are better. Last meal? Well the last meal I had was a ham sandwich from the Larder in Duns. Ideal holiday? Visiting friends and relatives in Australia and New Zealand. Favourite animal? Horses or dogs. Highlight of your life so far? When my children were born. Sorry Richard, it’s not our wedding! Thank you Jeanna



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A Morality Court? Eyemouth Kirk Session in the eighteenth century WRITTEN BY: DEREK JANES


ne of the few sources of information about the lives of the people of Eyemouth in the eighteenth century is the record of the meetings of the Kirk Session. Church of Scotland government is organised on the basis of courts, mainly along lines set between 1560 and 1690. At a local level, the parish, the court is a kirk session. Kirk sessions oversee the local congregation and its parish, and consist of elders presided over by a minister. Today the kirk session is effectively the committee that oversees the management of the parish, but in the past it took a keen interest in the moral wellbeing of the members of the church. In September 1750 the membership of the Eyemouth session – the Elders of the Kirk – was listed in full. They were Mr James Allan, the Minister; John Gibson; William Purvis; Patrick Purvis; William Home of Sclatehouse; William Nisbet, merchant (brother of John Nisbet of Gunsgreen House); James Morison, tailor; Robert Purvis, mason; Andrew Edgar, merchant; Robert Robertson, merchant; James Turnbull, merchant; James Colvill, the session clerk. In other words, the members tended to be leading members of the community – mainly merchants and skilled tradesmen. Much of their time was taken up in looking into the moral behaviour of local people, often in a very detailed way – something we might find quite shocking today. If we look beyond the rather unsavoury details, however, we can learn something about the lives of the people. We can see, for example, that Daniel Dow the tidewaiter – the lowest rank of customs officer (and uncle of John Nisbet’s apprentice Alexander) actually had a servant – Margaret Bairnsfather, who had formerly worked for the merchant Richard Turnbull. She seems to have had a longstanding relationship with John Robertson, who was the son of the James Robertson the blacksmith. She sought the support of the Session in her pursuit of John Robertson through the Sherriff Court for child maintenance and they duly provided her with a copy of their findings. One of the most painful cases the Session had to deal with related to one of their own members – the tailor James Morison. Morison was married in November 1751 and his wife gave birth the following June. When challenged on this, Morison claimed that his wife had had a fall, which had brought the birth on prematurely. He denied having ‘guilty relations’ before the wedding. The members of the session were not satisfied, so they interviewed Mr Dawson, the surgeon, the midwife and the two ‘honest women’ who helped at the birth. As a result of this, the session decided to write to the Presbytery – the next level up of church administration – seeking their views. At the meeting on 14th June 1752, Mr Allan, the Minster reported that he had almost finished a letter requesting a meeting of the Presbytery the day after last session when James Morison came to 6

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Minister and Congregation, Tolbooth Kirk, Edinburgh early 1750s.

see him and told him he needed not write or send off such a Letter That he would not ask him to baptise his Child and that his Seat in the Church he would dispose of ….Upon which no Letter was sent…. The session, after several members commenting that they had heard rumours of Morison’s behaviour before his wedding, agreed In regard that James Morison is still a member of this Session and that this affair is of a more publick nature from his Character they therefore did and hereby do refer it to the Prebytery. On the 1st of April 1753 the affair was concluded and Morison was suspended from the office of Elder sine die (indefinitely). One of the key features of the Church was that unless a child had an acknowledged father, it was not allowed to be baptised, hence the importance attached to the interrogation of young women, urging them to name the father of their child. From these interrogations, we have learnt something of the early life of John Nisbet in Dunbar and of the birth of Alexander Dow’s son in Kelso. From the Eyemouth session minutes we pick up the fact that Robert Robertson had a maltings in Eyemouth, from a reference to John Paxton, described as ‘sometime maltman to Mr Robertson’. We can also see that Sabbath observance was major concern – in August 1752, for example, Robert Heriot and Ninian Jaffrey were hauled up before the Session accused of shaving on the Sabbath! To conclude, we can also see how times were changing through the eighteenth century. In August 1783 a young woman called Margaret Nesbit failed to attend the session when called, so one of the elders went to see her. He had to report back that she ‘desired him to tell the Session they had nothing to do with her, and she would attend none of their meetings’. She ended up by being punished by excommunication having refused to appear three times!! In March 1786 the session received a report that another young woman, Margaret Allan had ‘fled from Discipline’. l


TARTS on tour

or The Mystery of the Disappearing Suitcase WRITTEN BY PAT OLDALE

aturday 11th April saw the Border Tarts setting off at 8am on the first leg of our journey to Stranraer where we were booked to perform at a charity concert. After a pleasant bus ride to Edinburgh (aren’t bus passes wonderful?) and a reviving coffee all round, we changed on to the bus to Stranraer. However, when we reached our destination and the driver unloaded our luggage- shock, horror! Pauline’s little black wheelie case had disappeared and in it’s place was a very similar one with a luggage label bearing the owner’s name and address and that of the Loch Ryan ferry; the implication being that Pauline’s Tart’s outfit was in imminent danger of being transported across the sea to Ireland! Our hosts, having met the bus,


immediately whisked Pauline back to the ferry at Cairnryan, where thankfully they discovered that far from travelling to Ireland, the woman in question had in fact just returned from Ireland, and was even at that moment at home in Stranraer with the Wrong Suitcase, and phoning the ferry office in a similar state of panic to Pauline’s! The luggage situation happily rectified, we were then treated to a slap-up meal in the concert venue. The evening was a great success and the ticket sales plus the raffle netted nearly £600 for their charity. The compere brought the house down with a self-penned song about many famous Scotsmen through the ages, from Robert the Bruce to Billy Connelly!





Aren’t bus passes wonderful?

After a hearty breakfast at our hosts’ farmhouse where we stayed overnight, we were chauffeured back to the bus station, following which we arrived back at base with our luggage happily intact! We’ve already been booked for a return visit next year- we can hardly wait! l

5” X 5” SIGNED FRAMED MINI-PRINT (overall size 7” x 7”) – by Roni Butcher

A fun prize this time, and one dedicated to the lovely, friendly calves who used to graze in the fields beside us.  Each morning, they’d wander over to greet us, and would line up along the fence waiting to be fed the pinks that they couldn’t quite reach!  Molly-the-Moo is part of my “Farmyard Frolics” collection, which also includes Connie-the-Coo, Emily-the-Ewe, and Bradley-the-Bull.  Visit them all at my funky farmyard at  Until next time, I hope you have a fantastic summer.  All good wishes - Roni. To win simply answer the following question:

Q: In which collection of Roni’s artwork will you find Molly-the-Moo? Submit your answer together with your name, address and telephone number by email to or by post to Birchfield House, Eyemouth, TD14 5LS. Please clearly mark your entry RB Art Competition 12. Closing date 31 August 2015.

The winner will be chosen and notified after the closing date. The editor’s decision is final and no cash alternative is available. Please indicate on your entry if you would prefer not to receive information from EB Living or its partners.

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Top Ten Trusties



he idea for this article began when a friend asked me to make him a list of some easy “fail-safe” plants to buy for his garden. There are exceptions to every rule but here is a “Top Ten” of trusty plants that will brighten any garden! Osteospermum “Stardust” Plant in full sun and this compact, evergreen, perennial will produce prolific pink daisy-like flowers from spring through to autumn. Geranium “Rozanne” This winner of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show ‘Plant of the Centenary’ produces masses of violet and white flowers throughout the summer. Then, in the autumn, its leaves turn a lovely red colour. Fuchsia ‘Mrs Popple’ A hardy, upright fuchsia bush with scarlet and purple single flowers. Flowers from June to October and is happy in sun or partial shade. Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ Early flowering, with large pink and white blooms. This reliable climber is one of the few clematis that seems happy to be planted in a tub. It will scramble easily through trees or supports.

Rose “Gertrude Jekyll” This free flowering, upright shrub rose has the most beautiful fragrant, double rose-pink rosettes and grey-green leaves. Narcissus ‘Pheasant’s Eye’ A reliable, classic daffodil with a strong fragrance. Late flowering; it will grow in most soil types and looks good in grass or borders.

Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora ‘George Davison’

This is one of the earliest montbretias to bloom in the year. Plant in full sun or partial shade for large, pale yellow flowers in July and August. Frost hardy. Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ This tall, vigorous catmint has clusters of blue flowers in high summer. Cut it back after the first flush and it will usually flower again later in the season. Fully hardy, it makes a great substitute for lavender. Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Christmas box)

A small, evergreen shrub that tolerates deep shade. In winter it has small clusters of highly scented creamy-white flowers, followed by black berries. Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’

Deep purple globes on erect stems appear in early summer. Although, they look wonderful in a mixed border these bulbs also do well, planted in pots. l 8

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Living al fresco W

hatever their size, outdoor spaces are now viewed as an extension of the home. But, given the uncertainties of our climate, decoration and furnishings must be fairly robust if they are to stay fresh all summer long. The quickest – and most weather resistant - way to liven up an outside space is to inject colour. With external paints and woodcare products now offered in rainbow shades, there’s no need to stay with boring browns. What colours you choose and how and where you apply them will influence the look of your outside space so decide what kind of ambience you would like to create. Intense blue with clear red accents against pure white, for example, suggests the Mediterranean while muted blues and are reminiscent of New England and a riot of scarlet, tangerine, teal and leaf green bring a tropical feel. Having chosen the ‘look’ for your


space, decide how and where you will introduce colour. As with interior schemes, avoid using different colours to equal degrees. Select a main background colour and, since this will usually be a painted wall or fence, choose a colour which will work well in its surroundings. Think too about the orientation of this main colour. While a vibrant shade may look wonderful on a south or west facing wall or fence, it could appear dull and drab on a north facing one. Equally, pure white may look perfect in summer sun but, come winter’s cold light, it may appear an uninspiring greyish shade. Often simply one block of the main colour will be an adequate background to your chosen look. Add interest and life with furniture and accessories. If you are re-purposing indoor furniture for outdoor use, try painting different pieces in different colours for a lively focal point.

If, however, yours is bespoke garden furniture, introduce colour with cushions and covers which can be renewed each season. And create interest with containers. It need not only be the contents which add colour. Think about buying or painting colourful pots in accent shades. You will probably want to think about some form of outdoor lighting too. Whereas security lighting is designed to protect your property and safety lighting to illuminate potential hazards such as steps, decorative lighting can enhance even the tiniest of outdoor spaces creating shadows and silhouettes. Bear in mind, however, that lighting cables can be a safety hazard so connect to a separate outdoor circuit with its own fuse and RCD protection. l The Borders Design House

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A Month in the Country By J.L.Carr.

Apparently through a combination of bad luck and poor judgement, The Watchmaker is foiled in his next two murder attempts. His accomplice is captured and eventually tells Dance where to find the killer. The police close in on a derelict church and the story seems to be nearing its end, although there were lots of pages in my paperback left to read. Turned out things were only getting started. Surprise follows surprise, virtually no one is who or what they claim to be, and at one point you suspect The Watchmaker isn’t a murderer after all. When I started to write this review I checked my shelves for other Deaver books and found a collection of his short stories appropriately called Twisted. That may be a good place to start if you’re not familiar with Deaver’s work. Because although I enjoyed it, I can imagine some readers throwing this novel across the room in frustration at the tricks the author plays on them.

FIRST published in 1980 (reprinted 1991), this short and deceptively simple novel is set in 1920, the story of two men, both recently returned from Flanders, who meet by chance while spending the summer in the North Riding village of Oxgodby. Art student Tom Birkin is employed by the Oxgodby vicar to restore a wall painting to release a legacy to the church conditional on the restoration. Ex-captain Charles Moon, an archaeologist, is ostensibly employed to find a 14th century crusader’s bones but Moon has an agenda of his own. Birkin works, eats and sleeps on his scaffolding, Moon in his tent. Both damaged by war, summer’s peace and quiet works its bittersweet magic...” if I’d stayed there, would I always have been happy? No, I suppose not. People move away, grow older, die, and the bright belief that there will be another marvellous thing around each corner fades. We must snatch at happiness as it flies...” I found it illuminating (no pun intended) to discover art restoration methodology and the quiet humour of this book is the icing on the cake.

Janet O’Kane The Cold Moon is published by Hodder & Stoughton

Pat Oldale A Month in the Country is published by Penguin Classics

The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver HOW twisty do you like your crime fiction? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since I finished Jeffery Deaver’s story about a killer who calls himself The Watchmaker. I’ve seen Mr Deaver speak, and he rates a book’s ending as the most important part. In his words, ‘No one ever puts a book down and says, “That was a great middle”.’ He has a point, and he certainly practices what he preaches. But I’m not sure if he doesn’t take this a bit too far sometimes. The Cold Moon features not just one major police character but three: paraplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme, Officer Amelia Sachs who helps Rhyme investigate his cases, and Kathryn Dance, an expert in kinesics or the interpretation of body language. They come together after two gruesome murders where the killer has left an old-fashioned ticking clock at each scene. When Dance gets a terrified witness to admit he sold not just two clocks to the same person but ten, they decide New York has a new serial killer. Meanwhile, the reader has met The Watchmaker and his creepy accomplice: it seems the police theory is correct.

A Spool of Blue Thread By Anne Tyler I always enjoy any books by this author and as it is rumoured to be her last one all the more so. As with most of her books, the setting is in Baltimore and family life. This time it is the family of Abbey and Red Whitshank. They fell in love in 1959 and as they are now getting on in years, their children are trying to figure out what will be best for them and if they will be able to carry on in the family home which has been a big part in their lives. The house is also central to the story. It was built by Red’s father, not for himself but for another family but 10

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he always wanted to live there and when the opportunity came he bought it and it naturally passed on to Red and his family. Red is still working as a building contractor, an occupation he has done all his life and the story of the house has been told and retold and is part of the family lore. Abbey still has all her hobbies and is always collecting ‘waifs and strays’ to take into her home but she is showing signs of forgetfulness and this is why

staying in the family home has to be addressed. This really is the main story and through this we learn all about her four children and grandchildren, their very different lives and, though it seems to start off a very cosy and comfortable tale, there are surprises and some shocks along the way. The story is in two parts, the second part going back to Abbey and Red’s meeting and early life and then ‘spools’ into the future. I really enjoyed this book and hope she will still write more as she is such a good storyteller. Ann Horan - A Spool of Blue Thread is published by Knopf Publishing Group


Run away SUCCESS In November last year, Laura Salters, then 23, signed a book deal with publishing giant HarperCollins, to publish her debut novel RUN AWAY on both sides of the Atlantic.


alters, who is from Berwick-upon-Tweed, penned her debut suspense novel in just eight weeks. ‘It wasn’t easy to write a novel that quickly while working full time as a magazine journalist,’ she admits. ‘I’d get home from work around six, have dinner and then write until around midnight. Every single day. I think it helps that’s I’m naturally a quick writer—as a trained journalist, I’m used to tight deadlines and churning out copy even when you don’t feel like it. I don’t believe in writers’ block. I believe creative writing is far more about discipline than inspiration. That said, when you’re passionate about something, it’s not exactly a hardship to do it every day.’ Having completed her manuscript, Salters started leafing through the Writers & Artists Yearbook, and decided to submit her finished manuscript to literary agents.  The work caught the

eye of New York-based Suzie Townsend, whose agency receives thousands of submissions each year but takes only a handful of new clients and Salters was snapped up. Townsend, of New Leaf Literary & Media Inc, recalls, ‘All it took was the first scene in RUN AWAY and I knew I had to work on this book. Laura Salters masterfully plotted this novel. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I was on the edge of my seat up until the end. Long after I finished it, the characters stayed with me.’ Salters confesses that, despite her journalistic background, the most difficult part for her was editing and she is grateful that she ‘had the support of an amazing agent, talented editor and ruthless copyeditors before the book hit the shelves.’  World English rights for RUN AWAY were sold by Townsend to HarperCollins in the US. The ebook was published with the Witness Impulse imprint in May, with a paperback print run following in June. Salters, who recently left her job as a journalist to focus on writing, says, ‘It's a bit of a cliché to say it's a dream come true, but it really is. The phone call telling me I had an offer from Harper was completely surreal – in fact I still can't believe it now! And what about the storyline? Where did the idea come from? ‘I can’t tell you that without it being a huge spoiler,’ she smiles. ‘But in a nutshell the book is about a gap year gone seriously wrong. Kayla, the lead character, jets off to Thailand following her brother's suicide, where she falls in love for the first time. When her new boyfriend Sam disappears three months later, she's convinced the tragedy is linked to her brother's death. She returns to Northumberland determined to uncover the truth – unless the truth finds her first.’ Salters in currently working on another suspense novel, this time set between Serbia and Newcastle, as well as a young adult fantasy series set in a radically different Great Britain. l

To win a copy of run away, simply answer the following question:



Submit your answer together with your name, address and telephone number by email to or by post to Birchfield House, Eyemouth, TD14 5LS. Please clearly mark your entry Run Away Competition 12. Closing date 31 August 2015. The winner will be chosen and notified after the closing date. The editor’s decision is final and no cash alternative is available. Please indicate on your entry if you would prefer not to receive information from EB Living or its partners.

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Where to go, what to do


breath-taking coastline, a beautiful countryside where there’s never any shortage of things to do. East Berwickshire and its surrounding areas have so much to offer. Whether you’re here on vacation or enjoying a staycation this summer here are our suggestions for not-to-be-missed places to visit and things to do. Just north of the Berwickshire and East Lothian border, explore John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar’s High Street. Here you’ll find information about the world famous conservationist as well as a fun exhibition for under-5s. From Dunbar, head south to Cockburnspath where, on 1 and 2 August, the Cockburnspath Art Exhibition will feature works by RSA artists the Marshall Browns who had a studio in Cove. Leaving Cockburnspath turn east towards St Abbs to take in the stunning coastal views and cliff tops of St Abbs Head Nature Reserve before going

on to browse contemporary art and craft works for sale at Number Four Gallery. Then stock up with a range of local products from St Abbs Friday Market at the Ebba Centre.


Not-to-be-missed places to visit and things to do


Continue on the coast road to Eyemouth where, next to the town’s working harbour, you can find out about the history of the whaling industry and more on the world of boats at the Maritime Centre. Stroll a few metres into town to Kevin O’Brien’s gallery O’Brien Imaging for beautiful original photographic works. Before leaving

Eyemouth, take time to visit Gunsgreen House on the harbourside and discover the new Smugglers Trail. If you’re lucky enough to be in Eyemouth during the week of 18th July, join in the super week-long events planned around the Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival. From Eyemouth, turn inland and take the road to historic Paxton House to explore the lovely house and grounds with their riverside walk and boat trips. Turning inland again, travel south west towards Coldstream stopping off for a delicious meal at The Wheatsheaf, Swinton before continuing on to the Coldstream Museum in the Market Square where anniversaries of major battles are recorded. While you’re in the town, pop into the Coldstream Gallery housed in the High Street’s old seed merchants warehouse. If you want coast and country with lots to see and do, you’ll find this area hard to beat. l EB Living JUL/AUG 2015



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nowing that selected members of the community have chosen me to represent the town and be crowned as the 71st Eyemouth Herring Queen makes me so proud. I cannot wait for the fun filled year that awaits me and realise after watching how hard the EHQ committee work, just what goes into making it a great week for Eyemouth and its visitors.  I am so excited to spend it with my amazing court, Maids Beth Cromarty, Caitlin Lauder, Lia Mitchell and Chloe Robertson, my Trainbearers Emily Brunton, Grace Gillie and Gemma Windram and Sailors,  Caleb Davie, Cameron Haddow and Aaron Purvis. Also, my lady in waiting, my Godmother Rosemary Anderson. My Auntie Penny will also be attending my crowning, herself being an Eyemouth Herring Queen 25 years ago.  What makes this year even more special is the close relationship I have with the retiring Eyemouth Herring Queen.  Ailsa and I are close friends and I am so happy she will be the one to crown me in July. I hope she’s had a wonderful year. She has been a great example of a good Herring Queen.   After watching last year’s 70th crowning, I realised how much it still means to all the past Herring Queens who attended and I am privileged to be joining them. l

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Our Best Playgrounds: John Muir for wee ones

Saturday, 18 April–Sunday, 4 October


Play, explore and find out together about John Muir’s animal stories and outdoor adventures in our fun exhibition for under 5s and families

May - September MON-SAT: 10am - 5pm SUN: 1pm - 5pm


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lay, explore and find out together about John Muir’s animal stories and outdoor adventures in our fun exhibition for under 5s and families. Visiting as a group? Please let us know you are coming so we make you welcome! John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar EH42 1JJ, 013687 865899, Admission FREE. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm Born in Dunbar on 21st April 1838 John Muir played on the seashore and in the Dunbar countryside where he developed a passion for wild places. His family emigrated to Wisconsin just before his 11th birthday. His love of the natural world grew into a lifelong journey (both physical and spiritual) and his introduction to Yosemite Valley, California, resulted in his campaign to preserve wilderness. This led to the establishment of the world’s first national park system and he is remembered as a pioneer of the modern conservation movement. His life’s work has inspired people worldwide. The Dunbar birthplace of the conservationist is a visitor attraction with family-friendly interpretation that explores his work and achievements. The temporary exhibition Our Best Playgrounds gives under 5s a chance to play, explore and find out about some of John’s adventures and provides parents and carers with links to outdoor play opportunities locally. l

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Coldstream Museum The museum commemorates a number of anniversaries this summer. The 18th June is the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. We have an exhibition focussing on the heroic actions of the Coldstream Guards defending the Hougoumont on the right of the British line. This was a feat that tied up about 10,000 French troops in fruitless attacks while they could have been better used elsewhere on the battlefield. A 100 years later a Berwickshire man was to play a very prominent part in another battle on the continent. Daniel Logan, from Little Swinton had re-joined the army at the start of the First World War, enlisting in the 7th KOSB. On the 25th September 1915 they were ordered to attack the Germans lines. The attackers hesitated when their own gas began to come back on them. Piper Logan leapt onto the parapet of the trench playing his bagpipes. He was wounded twice but the Borderers pressed their attack home. For his valour Laidlaw was awarded the Victoria Cross. Both exhibitions run from the 6th June until the 23rd August 2015.

Coldstream Museum is open Monday-Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm & 1-4pm and Sundays 2-4pm. Tel 01890 882630

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his lively watercolour of an everyday scene at Cove is typical of the fresh, engaging style and subject matter of May Marshall Brown’s paintings. Born Mary Robertson in Edinburgh in 1887 and trained at Edinburgh College of Art, she was for many years an art teacher at St Margaret’s School. She painted largely in East Lothian and Berwickshire and also in France and Holland. In the years before the Great War,

May met William Marshall Brown, an Edinburgh artist of note twenty four years her senior, and they married in 1912. In 1924 they moved to York Place, Edinburgh. They had a studio there and also in Cove. He was influenced by McTaggart and the Impressionists and May was strongly influenced in turn by William’s work, though retaining her own artistic identity. William, who was born in 1863,

worked as a wood engraver and book illustrator when young, studying art at evening classes. He was exhibiting at the RSA by the age of twenty. Young artists in the 1880s were discontented with the artistic establishment in the RSA and in 1891 William was a founder member of the Scottish Society of Artists (SSA). Arthur Melville, one of the Glasgow Boys, was closely involved in this project. William was to chair the SSA in 1909. Both William and May exhibited regularly in RSA exhibitions for many years. William died in 1936 at the age of 73 and May continued her work. She took part in the ‘Recording Britain’ project which funded artists to record the Home Front between 1940 and 1943, and after her retirement she taught art privately at her studio in York Place. She exhibited at the RSA until two years before her death at 81 in 1968. Examples of the Marshall Browns’ art will be on display at this year’s Cockburnspath Art Exhibition on 1 and 2 August. l

Cockburnspath Art Show 1 and 2 August, 10 – 7, in the Church Hall

Original work by 25 local artists – display on the Marshall Browns – craft stalls – teas All proceeds to Alzheimers charities; entry by donation

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The Whalers Whaling, using hand-thrown harpoons from open whaleboats... the local men whaling in the Antarctic

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VISIT PAXTON HOUSE A hidden gem tucked away in woodland, Paxton House lies some four miles west of Berwick upon Tweed. Come and explore the House and grounds which makes a brilliant family day out. The excitement of the adventure playground, river boat trips, net fishing to the tranquillity of the riverside walks in the grounds there is something for everyone. The House itself includes some of the finest collections of Chippendale and Trotter furniture, as well as an impressive Art Gallery (a partner of National Galleries of Scotland). Enjoy delicious home-baking in the Stables Tearoom and come and browse in our Regency Gift shop. Paxton House is open daily from 21st March until 1st November 2015 10am-5pm. House Tours 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. 01289 386291



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News from St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve WRITTEN BY: LIZA COLE


he beginning of July is the time when you will start noticing the numbers of seabirds on the cliffs starting to slowly thin out as the guillemots gradually disappear out to sea. But Mid July to early August it’s a great time to watch the antics of young shags, herring gulls and kittiwakes as they jostle for space in their now overcrowded nests and exercise their wing muscles ready for fledging. Lagging behind the others somewhat are the fulmars. Their eggs hatch around mid July, and the one fluffy white chick will remain in the nest until late August or late September, often being left alone for long periods of time as they get larger. This may seem remiss of the adults, but fulmars have a unique protection mechanism; they can projectile vomit rancid fish oil from their stomachs up to about 6 feet. This is literally repulsive – causing predators (which are mostly birds) to retreat hastily as they need to go and sort out their now oiled plumage. By August the vast majority of the seabirds have finished breeding and have left the cliffs and gone back out to sea. And that is when the focus tends to start moving away from the seabird colony and widening out to encompass all the other amazing things that the area has to offer. 18

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Whether that is porpoises, dolphins and whales that might be spotted off the Head on calm days; or the butterflies fluttering amongst the long grass; or the jewel like damsel and dragon flies that might catch the eye as they hover around the borders of the Mire Loch.


Porpoises, dolphins and whales might be spotted off the Head


But it is not only the natural world that is of interest at The Head – we have lots of historical interest too. Most notable are the links to early Christian history, with one possible location of St Aebbe’s monastery being Kirk Hill, and The Head bearing her name (if a little altered over the years). There is no evidence on the ground of the monastery, but if you look carefully you will see some grass covered ridges which are all that remain of the medieval Kirk dedicated to Aebbe. The 25th August is St Aebbe’s Day, and this is still marked by some by a walk up to the site of the kirk.

There are also many smuggling stories linked to the Head and the coastal strip of land we own up at Lumsdaine, and over the last few months we have been working in partnership with Gunsgreen House in order to tell these stories as part of the Berwickshire wide Smugglers Trail. When you next visit The Head, check out the new interpretation sited on the small hill next to the disabled parking area near the lighthouse. This forms part of the interpretive element of the Smugglers Trail and contains information about the natural history and history of the area. There is also a compass rose which indicates the direction and distance of points of interest including those related to smuggling. If you want to find out more about smuggling in the area, it is well worth a visit to both Gunsgreen House and The Maritime Museum in Eyemouth. l If you would like to keep up to date with goings on, check out our website uk, our blog or our Facebook page StabbsHeadNationalNatureReserve. If you would like to get involved, or would like a guided walk or a talk about the Reserve, please give us a ring on (018907) 71443.



ature’s phases move on bringing the end of the winter winds, frosts and icy rain. The tree sparrows disappeared over the year-end leaving the garden feeling empty and quiet, but reappearing on the last day of February the volume cranked up as endless squabbles between them and the House Sparrows ensued. The males are immaculate in brown and cream livery with russet head covering, whilst the larger House Sparrow always looks as if it forgot to clean and preen when it got up giving it a scruffy appearance. Towards the end of April bird numbers increase. The bird table gets visits from Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Yellow Hammer, all in superb breeding plumage. Great Tits, Coal Tits and resident Blue Tits, especially the latter, raise hopes for nesting in the garden bird boxes. These little flashes of blue and yellow have


the heart of lions as they do battle with antagonistic sparrows that continually harass them when they investigate any nesting boxes. A determined House Sparrow can squeeze itself through a tiny hole – if the head goes in the body follows. The entertainment starts when the blue tit enters; the sparrow then exits like a popped cork to the sound of loud churring from inside the box. It’s great to see Wrens in the garden again searching at speed every cranny of the decking for insects, then letting rip with a song at volume. Blackbirds, glossy and yellow beaked, have taken ownership of the rest of garden and following many face-offs a pair emerged who to my delight nested in the fir tree at the side of the driveway. Well you know what follows pride - one day on returning to the house there was the nest minus four pale blue eggs (glancing count the day

before) on the gravel. I was devastated, those poor blackbirds! Good news, they are now nesting again but I won’t say where just in case! A rainy morning reveals a Woodpigeon having a bath in the wet long grass; at first sight you would swear it was injured, wing in the air (alternating) and then rolling around. And remember the white fronted crow? - well it’s back and has a mate. The solar fountain has been forgotten, attention being focused on the rabbit warren beyond the hedge where it stands beside the burrow spending long periods looking at baby rabbits. I wonder what it has in mind? l

Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth is a house that was built in the 18th century from the profits of smuggling. Smugglers were active right up and down the Berwickshire coast. Discover the new Smugglers Trail which follows much of the existing Berwickshire Coastal Path and stretches from Burnmouth to Cove including the dramatic St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve. Gunsgreen House is also the gateway and interpretation centre for the Smugglers Trail. East or west from the House, walkers can follow a well-marked footpath with information boards (to be in place during the 2015 season) that point out the locations of some of the main smuggling incidents. Research on smuggling in Berwickshire in the 18th century has unearthed many dramatic true accounts on this beautiful and unspoilt coastline. The free traders were interested in anything that was heavily taxed and sometimes in short supply. The range of goods therefore included wines and spirits such as rum, gin, brandy, Madeira as well as some luxury items like Dutch linen, hair powder, combs and hand mirrors, plus some surprising materials: for example, oranges and lemons, playing cards and French window panes! Bales of tobacco, tea in bulk, plus silks and lace were also commonly smuggled. The key was to take in goods that were luxury items and hence expensive. These found a ready market amongst ‘consumers’ who did not ask too many questions! Many Scots justified ‘free-trading’ (i.e.: smuggling) almost as a patriotic duty! The new trail gives visitors a real sense of what life was like over 200 years ago and a new way to experience the Berwickshire coast.

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Fresh Start

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ur fashion and beauty editor Mel Miller and local photography student Abbie McCann joined forces on this wonderful summer themed fashion shoot at the beautiful Hirsel Estate and Country Park in Coldstream to bring you something fresh and funky this issue a colourful collage of clothes, makeup and vibrant local scenery. Jane Hall from “Pinkminis� lovingly handmade all the garments in these shots; dresses, skirts, belts and tops stitched with everything from tartan and tweed to curtain material and cotton! Most of the garments are also reversible, and can be bought off the peg or tailor made to specific requirements. Self-taught makeup artist Jenny Ross from Berwick upon Tweed worked her magic giving the models a natural fresh faced look using a floral based colour scheme of nudes, light browns and rosy pinks to create that summery glow. All of this combined with a backdrop as resplendent as the Hirsel in full bloom is certainly a feast for the eyes. Watch this space for our next autumnal themed shoot. l If any male or female EB Living readers are partial to a spot of modelling and would like to feature in the magazine, contact Mel Miller on melanie. for further information.


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looking healthy & youthful Our skin is our body’s largest organ and over time it ages in two ways, biological ageing and secondary ageing. WRITTEN BY: JACQUELINE BREWSTER


iological ageing is pretty much unavoidable and is influenced by things such as our age, sex and skin type. To alleviate this ageing process, factors such as lifestyle, moisturisation, hydration, protection and nutrition need to be addressed. Secondary ageing is determined more by our lifestyle and external factors such as pollution, the sun and the weather. We can counter-balance the effects of secondary ageing by protecting the skin and replenishing the nutrients it needs. 80% of the skins ageing is actually caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules formed normally in the body during metabolism and are sometimes produced to neutralise viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, herbicides & fried foods can also spawn free radicals which can build up in the body and cause cell and tissue damage leading to disease. As free radical damage accumulates with age, we need to ensure we have plenty of antioxidants in our bodies to combat and neutralise their effects.

So how do you get anti-oxidants naturally? The trick is to eat lots of colourful plant based foods that contain anti-oxidants phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrient dense substances. Think in rainbows. Dark blues and purples, vibrant reds, strong oranges, intense yellows and powerful greens. Cranberries, blueberries and blackberries

rank highest amongst fruit whilst beans, artichokes and russet potatoes rank high amongst vegetables. By eating your 5 daily portions of fruits and vegetables every day, you are well on your way to combating the ravages of time and enjoying the rewards of a healthy, more youthful and radiant looking skin. l

The Wee Toughie e all know that fresh air and exercise are good for our health and Borders Sport and Leisure’s Eyemouth 10k 2015 event undoubtedly offers plenty of both. Scheduled for 4 October, the event, dubbed The Wee Toughie, is a mix of beach, road and trail around the gorgeous Berwickshire coastline taking you up into St Abbs Head nature reserve. Liza Cole, Senior Ranger at the Reserve welcomes such use of the space. ‘We at the NTS are happy for people with all sorts of leisure interests to use our properties, as long as what they do does not compromise what is special about the very properties they are accessing.  The Wee Toughie is just the sort of event we are happy to have on the reserve – it’s low impact and promotes the health benefits that St Abb’s Head can offer.  Also, a proportion of each entrance fee is coming back to us at the NTS to support our conservation work, including footpath maintenance, at St Abb’s Head.’ l For more information on the Eyemouth 10k go to


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Borders Business Masterclass tour makes its way to Berwickshire

Turing an idea into a profitable enterprise isn’t always easy, you need creative thinking and sales to thrive. And that is why the two remaining speakers on The Borders Business Masterclass Tour aim to arm attendees with new ideas to help the bottom line. Organised by Business Gateway Scottish Borders, the European Funded Tour has already provided hundreds of new and established businesses with access to free advice from some of the country’s leading experts in marketing, social media, and motivation. Now Philip Oldham, CEO of Lyle & Scott, will take to the stage in Duns High School on August 27th to highlight how businesses need to stand out from the crowd to succeed. With experience in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food manufacturing, and most recently men’s fashion, Philip has a reputation for using innovative approaches and fresh ideas to bring success – and on the night he’ll turn a spotlight on how he has managed to do this in every position he’s held. Then on September 24th, international sales expert Jackie Wade will close the tour in Earlston High School. With a 30 year global sales career, working with top football clubs, household brands and social enterprises, the business owner – who runs Winning Sales and MoJo People - will provide an insight into the most fruitful sales techniques. Phil McCreadie, Business Gateway Manager said: "The Tour has been a phenomenal success so far, with business owners from across the region picking up sound advice from the experts who were carefully selected to speak on topics we know businesses want to hear about. “Ensuring your enterprise stands out from its competitors is what all businesses strive to do, but sometimes finding your USP isn’t always straightforward. Philip Oldham has a proven track record in helping companies ‘think outside the box’ and reap the rewards, and I am sure he will help inspire everyone to turn problems into challenges that will bring success. “Once you’ve identified the best way to get your voice heard, the next hurdle in securing its long term future is sales, and that’s where Jackie Wade’s knowledge comes in. Having started selling in her grandma’s shop in Dublin aged just six, she has gone on to build an illustrious career successfully selling to multi-million pound industries as well as small, niche businesses. Her expertise will prove invaluable to all those in attendance.”

Spaces on the Borders Business Masterclass Tour are limited. To reserve your FREE space, or to find out more information about the events, which start at 6 pm Visit or Call 01835 818 315


Well Made Wines at fantastic prices

Allanton Inn Recipe Seared Scallops with Jersey Royals, Garlic and Chilli Samphire Grass Ingredients: • 12 large diver-caught scallops • About 300g samphire • 1 large clove of garlic, crushed • 50g butter • A little olive oil • ½ tsp dried chillies (optional) • 1 lemon • 500g Jersey Royal Potatoes, quartered • Bunch of spring onions, sliced Method: 1. Pat the scallops dry and drizzle with a little olive oil to coat, then season with a little salt and pepper. Set aside. 2. Cook the samphire in a pan of boiling water for 3 minutes, then blanching in cold water until cool. Drain and set aside. 3. Place potatoes in a saucepan of salted water and bring to boil.  Simmer for 20 minutes until cooked. 4. Place a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the scallops and cook for two minutes on each side.squeeze a drop of lemon juice over each scallop then remove from pan 5. Return the pan to a low heat and add the butter, 1tbsp olive oil and the garlic and chilli. Cook the garlic for two minutes until soft but not coloured, add cooked potatoes, cooked samphire & spring onions and saute with freshly ground black pepper. 6. Divide potato mix between four plates and top with the scallops. Serve immediately with lemon wedge. l 24

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Grocery retailing is undergoing a major upheaval. Changes of policy – and often personnel – have been forced on the biggest players in the sector by the steady march of the so-called premium discounters. On our patch, that means Aldi in Berwick and Lidl in Kelso. Both stores have good – and significantly improving – wine lists to sit alongside their main grocery products. Take, for instance, 2013 The Exquisite Collection Australian Shiraz (£5.99 at Aldi) which is a terrific example of modern and nicely balanced shiraz – rather than those old style, over ripe and excessively alcoholic versions. Here, there is a lively cocktail of cherry, raspberry and bramble fruit that is measured in style (like the level of tannin) but given complexity by the touches of cinnamon and sweeter spices that underpin it. Longer term players in the market, however, are responding with more focused ranges and some very competitive prices. As one example, take a close look at Asda’s 2014 Extra Special Viognier from Languedoc which is currently priced at £5 – although that company’s prices do change quickly. Even at a pound or so more though, this a great value wine with stylish, textured peach flavours supplemented by a crisply vibrant lime-based acidity. Both are well made wines at fantastic prices. Brian Elliott is the wine correspondent for several publications who lives in East Berwickshire. Extraordinary wines for ordinary evenings.



of its Heroes


ewtown Street in Duns momentarily became a racing track on the 16th and 17th of May when the town celebrated its hero Jim Clark by gathering a load of his old racing cars together and parading them along the street. 2015 marks 50 years since Jim won the famous Indy 500 race in America and his second of two Formula 1 World Championships. To mark the special occasion, Patrons of The Jim Clark Trust (who organised the event) Sir Jackie Stewart and Allan McNish attended, with Allan driving one of Jim’s cars himself (pictured above). Alongside Jim’s striking green and yellow single-seater racing cars, rising young stars drove their current machinery along Newtown Street, and with Jim having a farming background, there was even a parade of vintage and modern tractors! There was also a collection of Lotus cars – the team Clark had all of his successes with – parked side by side next to where the racing cars thrilled the onlookers. Jim Clark was a quite incredible driving talent. He won 25 Grand Prix from 72 starts whilst claiming two world titles in 1963 and 1965. In between his F1 successes, Jim won the British Touring Car Championship in a Lotus Cortina

in 1964, displaying his ability to win in whatever it was he was driving. That sort of feat would not be possible today. The Indy 500 is another success on Jim’s glistening CV with the Lotus team. Clark is remembered each year in the Borders with the annual Jim Clark Memorial Rally, but there was something more personal and spectacular about the Jim Clark Weekend. Sir Jackie’s presence was probably the most important ingredient to bring that feel. Jackie was racing at the same time as Jim, and lived through the shocking times of his death in 1968. Simply knowing that Stewart knew the great man made the event seem much more special. You could detect the nostalgia and pride from Sir Jackie. And seeing and hearing his cars

powering through Duns right before my very eyes definitely livened up my senses! I wish I could convey the smell in print, but I don’t think my words can do it justice. And the noise! Let’s just say I should have brought some ear plugs! I think the best thing about the Jim Clark Weekend though was it reminded me of just what a special talent Jim Clark was. He is not only famous within the Borders, he’s treasured and remembered worldwide in the motor racing community. Arguably the most gifted racing driver of all time, Ayrton Senna, has even visited The Jim Clark Room in Duns. That thought brings me nicely onto the future. The Jim Clark Trust have exciting plans for the Museum scheduled to be completed by 2018. The aim is to inspire a generation – just as Jim Clark did – with a vibrant celebration of Jim’s career; including pictures, film footage, trophies and some of the cars he raced. If all that culminates into a reality, we are going to have a very special place to visit which will capture the essence of a very special man. All I can really say now is thanks to The Jim Clark Trust, Sir Jackie, Allan and all of the other Patrons for a memorable day out, and honouring the truly great man and driver our very own Jim Clark was. l EB Living JUL/AUG 2015



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By staff reporter K Nine

HARD to believe that we are just starting the second half of 2015 but at least we have summer time to cheer us up. Hot weather, however, can cause problems for canines. Never leave us alone in parked cars in summertime. Temperatures there can be more than 20°C higher than those outside and, deprived of the fresh air we need to regulate our bodies, mankind’s best friend can die within a matter of minutes.

Secondly, remember that others deserve to enjoy the great outdoors too – without stumbling into one of our “calling cards”. Someone much cleverer than me claims that even a gram of dog waste contains millions of bacteria that can cause human illnesses as serious as kidney disorders. Bagging, tying and binning it is especially important when we want residents and visitors alike to be enjoying all that this area of ours has to offer. On the same tack, we have many great walks hereabouts – often over agricultural land. It is only right to clear up dog mess from farmland too – or at the very least ensure that all dogs have up to date worming treatments. Diseases from droppings from unwormed dogs in particular can kill sheep. Chaps like me enjoy being exercised on pasture land but we should remember that fields are also a farmer’s workplace and need to be respected as such.

ALL STITCHED UP Whigmaleerie’s ‘Knit a Twiddlemuff for Saltgreens’ event on 2nd May in Saltgreens was a huge success. Twiddlemuffs are sensory hand muffs that provide a distraction therapy for the fidgety hands of dementia sufferers. Due to the generosity of some of Whigmaleerie’s yarn suppliers and time and effort given by lots of local Hyemooth folks, the knitters ended up with 60 Twiddlemuffs. Some have already gone to new homes with more on their way shortly. A wee thank you goes to Janice Gourlay and her knitting nannas at The Way Ahead in Duns. Rita the rabbit knitted by the Eyemouth YarnBombers for Easter, made a guest appearance to offer some sound knitting advice.

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