Day 36 -starting with coffee with Peebles in crowd
Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
147Trip End Nov 18, 2010
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This cafe was a real delight. It was like being in a sit-com series, Seinfeld or Friends cannot really be compared. It dawned on Keith it was exactly like being in the Dendi Deli with the swimming group back in Melbourne. There was pleasant enough owner with a gruff deep Scottish accent and a penchant for sarcastic humour. In the course of the first 10 mins of opening in came half a dozen men of a certain age who were clearly mates but who would never own up to it. There was no doubt this was the highlight of their week, coming into communion with each other to throw sarcastic jibes at one another and generally be exposed to humiliation
We hit the trail at 10.45, sustained by a pretty poor coffee and a delightful still-warm fruit scone, ready for anything.
The going was good at the start by walking the side of the River out through the Peebles parkland apart from a small deviation to get around the Innerleithen Water Treatment Plant (we thought of you Greg) we were able to follow this magnificent river through to a somewhat odd modern village that had been constructed around two golf courses in a place called Cardrona. We walked through this sterile village which appeared somewhat inhuman even giving the appearance of a modern ghost town. We exited the village onto the B7062 to Traquair. Although we were now on a minor road, there was very little traffic and we were still enjoying the walk. By now we are getting very close to the hills we have been looking at for the past two days. These are the Southern Upland hills and tomorrow it is exciting to think that we will be walking straight up into them. We believed we had a very short day today of only 10 kms. but we began to realise we had seriously underestimated the effect of our change of route. We would now be walking a good 5 or 6 km further to go into Traquair and past the magnificent old home which has been visited by about 27 Scottish kings and is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland
We had a lazy afternoon/evening with nothing much to report other than the simply tasteless food which we had from the kitchen for both lunch and dinner. It was stretching the imagination that a wild mushroom risotto, which we both chose for dinner, could possibly be so completely devoid of taste that both of us applied salt and pepper to get some taste, before pushing away half eaten plates. Innerleithen was saved when we made a brief sojourn in the afternoon up the High Street, by a small cafe at which Debby was able to consume a good slice of freshly made Apple Cake. For the first time, just about, on the trip we turned on the television in our room and watched an episode of Sherlock Holmes before falling asleep.