• postcard of "Eildon Hills and the River Tweed" by James Ward, 1807, National Gallery of Scotland
  • Eildon Hills, now the backdrop to the boiler house at Dingleton, from postcard of "Eildon Hills and the River Tweed" by James Ward, 1807
  • trout fishing in the River Tweed postcard of "Eildon Hills and the River Tweed" by James Ward, 1807
Eildon Hills in paint

My mother came in from a visit to the National Gallery of Scotland with an idyllic landscape painting by James Ward, 1807, centring on the distinctive double nipples of the Eildon Hills. Those trout fishermen standing there in the River Tweed still exist today, reserve...

Abbotsford House spoon at Filament coffee
Abbotsford spoon

I can't compete with Private Eye "Me and My Spoon" but I have to record that I spotted a perfect miniature Abbotsford House on a spoon at my local coffee shop, Filament, (they do have a diverse spoon collection as well as faultless coffee). Abbotsford was...