8 September 2013

Coldstream

Coldstream is a charming little Scottish town that sits right on the border with England  - which is on the other side of the River Tweed. Almost accidentally it gave its name to a famous army regiment - The Coldsteam Guards and is very close to the battlefield known as Flodden which five hundred years ago tomorrow was the scene of the bloodiest ever battle between Scotland and England. Of course, we won! My apologies to any Scottish readers.

While strolling along Market Street, Shirley drew my attention to one of the shop windows, And this is what she had seen:- 
Here she is again from a different angle:-
And here's a grandfather with his grandson on the English bank of the River Tweed - teaching him the art of fly-fishing. It remains one of Britain's very best salmon rivers:-

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  1. See, now that's the thing I love about England. You can talk about "Five hundred years ago tomorrow" without batting an eye, and our entire continent wasn't discovered until 1492 (unless you count some earlier forays by the Vikings). Our first permanent English settlement was Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 after a failed one at Roanoke in the 1580s when your Coldstream Guards were having old-timers reunions.

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  2. I feel the same RWP and we're even younger than you lot !!

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  3. HELEN & MR BRAGUE Funny I have seen photos of both of you. If you don't mind me saying, neither of you look especially young (sorry!). Young at heart maybe...I wish we had visited Flodden. Archaeologists are currently trying to locate the pits into which thousands of dead soldiers were cast.

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    1. A gentleman never points out, even indirectly, a woman's age....

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    2. I seem to be agreeing with you a lot at the moment RYP !

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  4. The cat is just the business. It also owns the business.

    I shouldn't mention this as folk will know I'm a bit dim. I thought Flodden was near Inverness. I have a friend round and she informed me that that one is Culloden. They both end in 'den'. That's where I got muddled up.

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    1. Adrian - you should have paid more attention in school! Report card = "Could do better"/"Adrian seems to prefer gazing out of the window to knuckling down to work"? "Adrian is to History what meat pies are to vegetarians!" etc..

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    2. I got a bit bored with it all, that history at school, it was just like doing times tables, things to remember when I had other things on my mind.
      I remember Prince Charley not the current one. I'm on about the one that got as far as Derby and sat in caves watching spiders. Our ancestors did very well. Gave him a cow, a sheep or two..a couple of young virgins. Whatever. As long as he gave Derbyshire and those to the south some serious grief.

      Ho Hum we backed the wrong man again. What is a little worrying is that we are still doing it. What the flipping 'eck is Nick Clegg doing anywhere near an office where decisions have to be made.

      If the good and true folk of Yorkshire vote him in again. Then the old saying will have to be modified.

      'We are all Daft! Not; 'And even thous a bit daft.' I still believe I'm all right....just, by a whisker.

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    3. Having checked national "all right" data, I see you are located in the upper quartile - so not just by a whisker old chap - by a furlong or two! As for Clegg - "Last of the LibDem Whine" I shall plant an IED on his campaign trail as I am most ashamed to say he is my MP! He might even knock on my door - not realising we keep a brimming potty next to it during election periods.

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    4. I thought it was Robert Bruce wot sat in caves watching spiders....

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    5. We have already determined that I know nowt about history. You lot only have a few years to remember. We have to go back to Bodica and later on Alfred came and left his tea on the fire......I've done that more than once so you are right, I should study history and perchance learn from it. Our and previous leaders choose to ignore it in their quest for glory....I get confused.

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    6. Adrian - Mr Brague is the Headteacher! No answering back or your ears will be boxed!

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  5. WhEn it eVEntually dies
    They WILL HAVE. To get the little darling stuffed
    In a sleeping position

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    1. Oh yes! What better way to show your love for a pet. Mind you, you don't need to feed stuffed ones or run up crazy vet bills.

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  6. Can I be so bold Mr YP, as to enquire (or is it inquire I never know?) as to why you have re-posted this?

    I skipped the text and looked to the bottom for a STOP PRESS... thinkly quite wrongly now, as it's turned out, that pussy had died.

    LLX

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    1. Enquire and inquire are interchangeable Lettice - both are right. But I am not sure what you meant about re-posting. It's possible that I am on the road to dribbling Alzheimers but I don't think I have posted this before. The thought of dyeing pussy is abhorrent!

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    2. You and me both Mr YP. Thinkly... thinking. My question was because this post appeared on my sidebar yesterday a few down from the top, then this morning magically appeared at the top again.

      Ginger... Tom?

      LLX

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    3. Barbie pink actually.

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