…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Me-Now-Views; Less Speak More Peek

On that Sunday drive to the Borders, having visited the Uncle and relived farm memories, the father and I let the Little Ren follow her nose a bit. We took off over the hills, down through the pretty market town of Lauder and up the very racy A68. At a point just before the turn-off, father muttered about Soutra Aisle - a place I had never visited, even when resident here last century.  We gladly turned off from the weekend traffic rattling its way Edinburgh-ways.

[NB, Little Ren actually drove in a fairly straight line and stuck to the road - unlike the mouse which attempted to draw the red line here..... 8~}]

There is actually not a lot to see at the site apart from the Pringle Family Vault, which dates from 17th Century, but was constructed from stone recovered from the original Hospice and Monastery which holds the historical interest.

There was a large installation with many info boards though; all of them containing lots of different stuff about the archaeological significance of the place. Augustinian monks ran a hostelry as well as providing medical help and spiritual succour. They also owned a very significant amount of the land around. Now it is all returned to moorland and semi-arable farmland.

Best of all was the silence and the magnificent view.

Honestly, biggification increases appreciation of the last one!!!

That is looking North to the Firth of Forth and the distant hills are in the Kingdom of Fife...and all I could hear was the wind in the grasses and the buzzing of the insects. A place to breath deeply.


  1. Beautiful shots! It is always nice to be able to see the older and ancient structures that do not exist in this country!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  2. Hello, it is interesting to see these old structures. The flowers, views and images are beautiful. Have a happy new week ahead!

  3. Your country side is very different from ours, we call homes old if they are 50 or so where yours are hundreds of years old and very solid.

  4. I do like Ren's little turn-off's. They would have pleased my mother no end, too. She was always up for an adventure.

  5. You mention Pringle and we got the munchies and had to go and get the Pringle Potato Chip canister. Now Sweet William is longing for a homeland he has never seen. Your country is beautiful. Truly magnificent.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  6. That is beautiful, I love seeing your part of the world.

    Ziggy Out!

  7. I would like to wander with you... it's great to listen to wind songs and to enjoy all that beautiful things around me without any sign of "civilization" :o)

  8. I love that name! Firth of Forth!!!! What a lovely trip. I love trips like this. Hubby makes a plan, I deviate from it!! hugs from across the pond!


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