I'm in Ireland now; in fact, I've been here for two weeks. I'll have more to say about Scotland soon, but for now it's time to introduce Ireland.
We are house-sitting an 1839 farmhouse in Ballycarrigeen Lower, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland. Our charges this time are a dog, a cat, a rabbit, and four chickens.
The centre of Melrose is situated on the southern edge of the flood plain of the River Tweed, and our house-sit is on the southern edge of Melrose on hills rising off this flood plain. From this area, in the right spot, you can see right across the valley to the ridge of hills on the other side. While the dominant landscape feature for tens of kilometres around is the Eildon Hills, this ridge is also a beautiful backdrop to many scenes around Melrose.