20 Feb 2015

Hestia... has been away

So we've been away for a few days.  To a greyhound friendly cottage in the Borders' town of Innerleithan.

The cottage is called Cosaig  and it's REALLY dog friendly.  If you book with your recycled greyhound, Jennifer makes a donation to The Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary.

Jennifer's Cosaig welcome box is very thoughtfully put together and includes locally produced goods (we had apple juice and beer.  Guess who drank the beer?) And she made flapjacks too - bloody gorgeous.  Of course the diet went straight to hell!

There were even doggy bix from her greyhound, Luke, to Nero.

Overlooking Victoria Park and the distant hills, it's a great place to base yourself for any walking or cycling gig that you might fancy in the Borders.

There is also a Wii.  I had great fun with the boxing.  Until the following day and I could barely put my knickers on because my arms were THAT sore!  I also manage to actually punch Tartarus with my Wii numchuck in my hand. Not part of the game, but felt great in a passive-aggressive way...

So, I won't bore you with all the details of what we did, save to say that we ate like kings - including an apricot frangipane that weighed the same as a housebrick and tasted like heaven on earth.  A marvellous Indian meal was also purchased as a carry-out from Saffron, just round the corner from the cottage.  I have never lived so close to a lovely restaurant.  I'd be the size of Belgium if I actually lived at Cosaig!


Snowdrops at Kailzie Gardens (also home of delectable frangipane cake). Very friendly staff in restaurant and deli and, vitally, dog friendly. Unlike Dawyck Gardens who are distinctly unfriendly to dogs (although guide dogs etc are permitted).  Restaurant had lovely local artwork on the walls and I was fair smitten with a ladybird painting! My lunch there was a divine open sandwich of beetroot and a fairly local blue cheese.  The combo sounds unlikely, but, by jingo it worked!


Sonshine and Nero on a treestump.  As you do.


Sonshine and me on a swing thing, just across from Cosaig next to the tennis courts.  Do I look bilious? If there's one thing that makes me feel sick it's going round and round.  Add going up and down to the round and round and you've got potential projectile vomiting right there.

We had an absolutely marvellous time and can't wait to go back!

What did you do at half term?

10 comments:

  1. Wow! We've never been blogged about before (that I know of anyway!) Absolutely made up that you had such a good time at Cosaig...double flapjacks next time you come x

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    1. double flapjacks - hooooooraaaaay! *will need to wii for MONTHS to work those off*

      Ali x

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  2. Sounds lovely :) We've done absolutely nothing for half term - apart from walking the dog (booting the sprogs out of bed before midday was a major challenge), making pancakes for an extended pancake day(s) and some cleaning and tidying.

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    1. A rest at home is not to be underestimated :) Forget about the tidying though!

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  3. I had a most peaceful halfterm as the kids were away .... :)

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    1. Knitting until your eyesight went funny? :-)

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  4. The diet may have gone to hell while you were away, but from the photo it's been going great so far - you're looking positively svelte, m'dear! As for the achey arms, if you just dive back in, they stop aching - bit like the old "hair of the dog" cure ;) Cx

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    1. Came home all enthusiastic about our own wii - bought a zumba wii game second hand and didn't realise that I needed some kind of belt to go with it *sad face* But on the other hand - have now worked out how to play tennis on the wii!

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    2. Tennis on the Wii sounds like a very good thing: no need to go out in the cold, and no real balls for Nero to chase and mangle :D

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  5. Sounds utterly delighful.... you look jolly slim in the pic..... am having my own little halfterm in NY next week. Insanely excited as haven't been back for 15 years!!x

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