Border Break 1: Longnewton and St Boswells
It has taken me a long time to even look at these photos from June 2021 when we spent a week in a cottage in the Scottish Borders with Mum, our last major excursion before her final illness. The break had originally been planned for 2020, but with all the various lockdowns it was postponed three times, and by the fourth attempt Mum’s dementia was worsening. We were worried that taking her to an unfamiliar place might not be a good idea and I was prepared to Mum-sit the whole week while John went off walking or cycling, but in the end it was a reasonable success. We went out for a drive together each morning, stopping somewhere accessible for coffee or lunch, and in the afternoons Mum snoozed while John and I went off walking on our own, being careful not to be away too long.
Greenknowe Cottage is in a tiny hamlet called Longnewton. It’s all on one level, perfect for Mum, apart from the bedroom John and I used which is up a spiral staircase and has a good view of the surrounding farmland. We found it very comfortable, with a helpful owner, and I would recommend it.
The countryside around Longnewton is pretty, and includes an interesting old graveyard.
The nearest village is St Boswells which we visited a couple of times, including a lunch stop at the Main Street Trading Company. With a bookshop, a café, and a deli, what’s not to love? Cute van too.
And the Polwarth Fountain, commemorating the first piped water supply to the village:
So having set the Borders scene, next time I’ll take you to some of its picturesque small towns.