We all get caught up in the hussle bussle of everyday life so much so that we can forget to look up and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us! This week's blog is all about celebrating the fact that we love where we live!
It will be 8 years in August since we arrived in the beautiful coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. For work reasons we needed to be near a mainline station to commute into Edinburgh but we didn't want to live in a city - been there done that with several red ticks! - and so began the research. Actually, research is probably too grand a term. More like "let's look on the map and see where we think would be suitable" and 5 minutes later Berwick-upon-Tweed was identified! On the mainline railway, by the coast and equidistant between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
We came up late autumn 2006 to have a look at a few houses and fell in love with the town. Berwick-upon-Tweed is in a unique location and steeped in Scottish and English history. It has been fought over many times due to its strategic location and changed hands thirteen times between the English and the Scots. For clarity, Berwick-upon-Tweed is England's most northerly town. The fact that we are within a 5 minute drive to the Border is great and we really do get the best of both worlds.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is home to the model that all barracks were modelled on, the most intact set of walls in England - the impressive Elizabethan Ramparts - as well as a great selection of independent shops, a number of sandy beaches and the greatest number of listed buildings per head of population. Berwick-upon-Tweed is also the inspiration behind many of LS Lowry's paintings.
In North Northumberland we have easy access to Bamburgh (beach and) Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, the Cheviots, National cycle routes and of course Alnwick (Gardens and) Castle. Across the Border we are a short drive from the seaside town of Eyemouth and harbour and the beautiful Coldingham Beach. Further inland, the towns of Kelso, Melrose and Selkirk are only a short drive away.
Indeed, many of these places are the inspiration behind our hampers, as we have a wealth of local talented producers on our doorstep and have fun selecting wonderful artisan produce.
Remember, it can be all too easy to forget about fabulous places when they are right on your doorstep. This weekend, down tools, close your screens, put away those distracting pieces of technology and fall in love again with where you live!
PS Recommended websites if you are coming this way www.visitberwick.co.uk, www.berwick900.org.uk