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Palace bulletin – Andi

Quick update for friends not on Facebook. All is good. Andi is out of surgery and it went well. She has one pin on loan from the NHS and one metal plate plus screws that will live in her wrist … Continue reading

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The plans go out the window

Ah well, so much for plans. Today has turned everything on its head. We set off in high spirits from our hotel in Melrose and 100m down the road Andi tripped on the gutter, fell over and broke her wrist. … Continue reading

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Catching my breath in Melrose

A grey, chilly day in beautiful Melrose, perfect for a rest afternoon tucked up in bed with a cuppa prior to an evening at the Borders Book Festival, which happens to have coincided with our rest day stop in this stunning … Continue reading

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Putting the UP into Southern Upland Way

Once again I’m kicking back in a superb b&b, feet up, sunshine streaming in the window, cup of tea on the go. Across the road a gentle game of lawn bowls is underway and behind that the hills are so … Continue reading

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They say it’s your birthday

Birthday greetings from Scotland. It’s a wild windy drizzly day today and thank goodness it’s one of the few days on the hike where we had the choice to opt out early. Which we have. Kicking back in our gorgeous … Continue reading

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Two days on the trail

Tucked up in bed in the tiny, charming village of New Luce, population about 80, after polishing off beef and Yorkshire pudding, Indian chicken curry, and a couple of pints. At 8.45pm it’s still broad daylight outside, but my eyelids … Continue reading

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And now for the weather…

After four days in London and many hours on the train today (feeling a little weary), we pulled into Port Patrick this afternoon (South West corner of Scotland), all primed to begin our hike tomorrow morning. And were greeted by … Continue reading

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Jesse and Andi’s great big walk – supporting kids’ literacy

Thirty six hours until Andi and I head off to the United Kingdom for our long-awaited hike across Scotland (postponed from last year after Andi injured herself). Items are being crossed off lists, clothes chosen, whisky drunk (can’t be too prepared). Andi … Continue reading

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When a book is born

Every now and then, a book is born from long labour, considered crafting, and the requisite time for it to ripen into something superb. I’ve been lucky enough to witness not one, but two such books in short succession. Friday 1 May … Continue reading

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A call to (creative) adventure

Here’s an invitation to the writers (aspiring or otherwise) among you… an entire week, immersed in the craft of fiction, in the evocative surrounds of Edinburgh and the Borders villages of Scotland. But first… thanks those of you who joined … Continue reading

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