Day 32 – Friday 24th April

  • 60 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 10 (bike 1)
  • Max heart rate = 162 bpm
  • Calories = 644 (total so far 10876)
  • Distance covered = 20.69 miles
  • Total distance so far = 369.65

A little bit of a Friday feeling, so I’ve sensibly left the level at a more manageable 10. Not quite my record on a long cycle day but close at 20.69 miles.

It was a joy to listen Caro Emerald Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floorduring this ride – definitely puts you in a ‘start the weekend’ mood.

Now if only I had a reason to dress up like this!  Not sure it would work as well on FaceTime or Hangouts!

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For today’s journey I follow the route of the River Tweed to the beautiful Tweedsmuir an excellent location for those who want to escape the rigours of everyday life (as soon as we can!) and enjoy some walking, biking and wildlife watching. Apparently, Robert Burns stayed at the Crook Inn, a 17th century drover inn, and wrote the poem Willie Wastle’s Wife. Clearly, he didn’t think very highly of her as each verse ends with:

Sic a wife as Willie had, 
I wad 
na gie a button for her!

Close by are the Talla and Fruid reservoirs, built in the 1800s to provide water for Edinburgh. On the road to the Fruid Reservoir from Tweedsmuir is the Giants Stone with two further stones on the opposite side of the road. Possibly the remains of a Druidical temple or Pictish court of justice, but as with all these stones, we will never know!

Tweedsmuir even had its own castle or tower. This was replaced on lower ground over the years with a house – and a rather grand one at that which is still sometimes referred to as Oliver’s Castle and appropriately remains in the ownership of the Tweedie family.


And so, we reach another Friday and the weekend beckons. In our current situation the words of the redoubtable Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey – ‘what’s a weekend?’ – could seem very apt. However, we have tried to keep the weekends different. 

So, with shopping, washing and cleaning done, we try to make Saturday and Sunday a bit different – maybe some baking (if we can find the flour!) or trying out a new recipe – or even just spending a bit longer over the newspaper and another pot of coffee. Whatever you have been doing during the week to keep yourself sane and well, take a bit of time at the weekend and enjoy the beauty of spring. Here are a couple of beautiful blooms from Mary’s garden and the wonderful sight of a perfect blue sky seen through the leaves of the plum tree.