This weekend I remembered again why I love the Scottish Borders and living here and it wasn’t just because the sun finally made an appearance! Although I started working in the Scottish Borders in 1998 as Marketing Manager of the Scottish Borders Tourist. It wasn’t untill Hogmanay 2000 that the real love affair began! And it began in that cottage in the above photo!
My husband and I stayed here with my brother and sister – in law for a week over the millennium. Not only was it probably one of the best New Year’s I have ever spent but it was literally to change our lives!
Up untill then I had always lived in the city firstly Glasgow and then Edinburgh and one of the first things that had attracted me to my husband was that we both shared a passion for rural areas! It had always been my dream as a child to love in the country and I would count down the days to our many holidays to various places on the West Coast! Where I could play make-believe that I really lived there!
Despite this dream of living in a rural area after we graduated my husband and I spent the first years of married life setting up our individual careers. We lived in a top floor flat in Morningside in Edinburgh and although it was not the country I loved the buzz and feel of that part of Edinburgh and was quite content! But then we moved up the housing ladder to Craiglockhart and suburbia and I felt swamped and surrounded! This coincided with my new job in Selkirk! And on my daily commute I couldn’t help but wonder why I was heading back to suburbia!
So in the week we spent in our self-catering cottage at Merton we spent a lot of time discussing what we wanted from life in the future and where that future should be! There is nothing like a New Year and particularly a new millennium to make you take stock.
And we decided that we wanted not only to live in the Scottish Borders but in St Boswells in particular. 5 months later we had the keys to our home and our life in the Scottish Borders really began.
We pass by that self-catering cottage at Merton Bridge on a regular basis as we walk along the Tweed particularly on sunday walks! And it always makes me smile! Some holidays don’t just create memories they are truly life changing!