Me, Rachel Swailes. My blog about stuff I get up to in and around the Western Cape, Cape Town, George, Wilderness, Hermanus and other cool places :)


Published on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

We were in South Africa in October and felt that we couldn’t go back again so soon after, so we spent this Christmas with my Grandmother in Melrose in Scotland.

On Christmas Day we drove down to the family farm in Yetholm to meet up with the family there.

Panorama of the farm at Yetholm.
Looking up at the hills from the bungalow.
Thankfully ours was one of the flights that hadn’t been cancelled and the road had been clear enough to get down from Edinburgh on Christmas Eve despite how much show had fallen.

It was really great to see the farm covered in snow!
The trees are in England, and the hill on the right is in Scotland.
Looking up at the hills from the bungalow.
Looking up at the hills from the bungalow.
Looking up at the hills from the bungalow.
Snow on Granny's plants.
The snow continued to fall for the rest of the weekend and it was quite cold, but we still walked around Melrose in the rain and the snow.

Each walk being followed by tea and carrot cake and warming my toes on the radiator.

So these photos below are from the walks around Melrose. We walked up past the hospital, through the village and along the river.

View of the Eildon's from the road next to the hospital.
View of the Eildon's from the road next to the hospital.
Sheep on the hills behind Melrose.
Foal and Mom in Melrose.
Me and Richard trying to get photos taken quickly before we freeze.
Richard and I with the Eildon's in the background.
Melrose.
View of the Tweede from the bridge.
The Tweede.
The Tweede hadn’t frozen, but there was still snow and ice on the rocks in the river. I wonder how cold it would have to be before it would freeze?
The Tweede.
The Tweede.
Richard and I.
Me and Richard from the benches behind the church.
One really cold bull.
The path back up to the house.
The footbridge.

The scenery on the drive back to Edinburgh was amazing, so much snow and such clear skies! At times the temperature readings were -7ºC and it was during one of these stretches that we decided to get out and take some photos. Richard landed up trying to walk on 7 inches of snow and getting wet up to his knees! So most of the photos are taken from in the car on the drive instead.

View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh. The signpost says 'Heriot and Innerleithen.'
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.
View from the car on the way back to Edinburgh.

I was glad to have been able to see the farm while it was covered in snow. Along with seeing everyone and spending some time slowing down, that was the highlight of the trip!

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One Response to “White Christmas in Scotland”

  1. Hi Rach,

    Saw these photos a while ago and then had another look again, they are beautiful! Been a long cold winter AND we even had a break with all the lovely sun in SA! But must say, we are all looking forward to summer again.

    All fine here, bit irritable as my laptop has crashed! Wish you were here to help out, but will take it in tomorrow to hopefully get sorted. Am devastated as had just persuaded my family in SA to get Skype sorted so that we can chat, now can’t as the laptop not functioning. Apparently something to do with the wireless connection….?

    Girls have half term this week so life is slowing down a bit, which I am really pleased about. John has Thurs and Fri off so will be doing some day trips to Glasgow (indoor ski centre) as Lindsay is off on the school ski trip to France in 2 weeks time.

    Hope all going well there. Take care and love to you both, especially on Valentine’s Day!!

    Wendy, John and girls x

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