It was my sister’s birthday last week, and I decided to pop home to the Scottish Borders for a wee visit. As I grew up with parents who couldn’t plan the proverbial drinking session in a brewery, then spent five years dating a guy who was even more indecisive, and also because I work in logistics, I’m used to making the decisions on what, where, when, and how to get there. Therefore it really quite delighted me when I arrived home and was informed that Melissa had mapped out a full itinerary for my stay!
First up, we went to see the two current stars of The Donkey Sanctuary, babies Sweetpea and Simon. Sweetpea is a sassy little girl who adores attention, and will happily barge her mother and other field mates out the way to make sure she gets maximum cuddles! Simon is a little bit shyer, but sidled over to claim his share:
…before returning to Mum for some milk 🙂
Next on the schedule was a visit to Kelso for the Border Union Show.
Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot happening at the show when we were there – the Pony Club show jumping competition was under way, and I got a couple of nice gifts at the food/craft market, but when I’ve been before, there have been all sorts of interesting animals on show, including alpacas! This time, the cattle were just starting to arrive, and that was it, apart from a particularly photogenic dog…
Cows really do lie down when it rains! It started to absolutely pour down, so after sheltering in with the cows for a while, we made a mad dash back to the car.
The last item on our itinerary was dinner at Monte Cassino, an Italian restaurant in Melrose. I hadn’t been to Monte Cassino for a long time, and my main memory was of the waiters being somewhat lecherous! Thankfully, that’s no longer the case, and the restaurant has a nice relaxed, family atmosphere. There were six of us there – my sister, parents, aunt, uncle and I – and we were so busy catching up I forgot to take any pictures of the food. We mostly went for pasta dishes for our mains, and Dad chose the lobster special – half a lobster for £13.50, which seemed a cracking deal (I love a bad pun).
Everything was very fresh and tasty, including the handmade pasta. That also goes for the topping on my bruschetta starter, but I think the bread itself was store bought – still good, but noticeable when everything else is so authentic and fresh. I also managed to struggle down a yummy slice of apple pie and far too much prosecco. A really lovely family evening. Here’s a picture of Melissa and I before the meal, in Mum’s pretty garden:
Melissa: New Look zebra jumper (pictured with the donkeys), Forever 21 playsuit (similar), Matalan shoes
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