The Borders, Hadrians Wall, Jedburgh Abbey, Melrose and a taste of Haggis

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pretty view from the bus
Wednesday morning had us seeing the beautiful countryside of the lowlands and then visiting a portion of HADRIAN'S WALL by CHESTERS BRIDGE. The time was around 10am and it was hazy out but not raining. Our bus stopped along the road in front of a field with many sheep & a gray brick wall about a couple feet high. I thought it was amazing that parts of Hadrian's Wall are still standing and that it is 73 miles long! Now my friends & I weren't the only younger people on this tour. There were 2 other females with one being about our age & her younger sister. The older one declared, "I'm not getting out with all of that sheep s#!t" and she didn't while staying on the bus. What a SNOB! By this time we had started to give nicknames to people. Hers was CAMELTOE and with good reason! :)
We stopped at the GEORGE HOTEL around 11am which was by CHESTERS BRIDGE & the TINE RIVER to have coffee/tea and it had such a pretty little flower garden.
sheep at Hadrian's Wall
On our way back to Scotland, I laughed at a sign that said SWALLOW LEISURE CLUB. Around noon, we arrived at the Scottish Borders and a man was playing the BAGPIPES in front of a large stone that said Scotland. This was my first experience of bagpipes being played and it was lovely! The area was so pretty with the many hills of different colors. I loved Scotland already!
After an hour lunch in JEDBURGH, we toured the JEDBURGH ABBEY ruins which were also beautiful. The flowers around it were in full bloom of red, white, yellow, pink and purple colors. We lingered here a while & I looked at the time & said we better get back to the bus because I was afraid of getting left behind like the couple from the day before.
a foggy morning
We made it back without incidence.
Our last stop of the day was Sir Walter Scott's home, ABBOTSFORD HOUSE in MELROSE which Dame Jean-Maxwell-Scott conducts the tours. It looked like a castle and I was happy that we WERE allowed to take pictures inside including the exact spot of where he died in the dining room, September 21, 1832. We also saw the drawing room, his study, entrance hall, armouries, and the library with over 9,000 books. The garden was pretty with the hedges perfectly trimmed. 
We would be in EDINBURGH for 2 nights at the Capital Moat House and it was my turn to have my own room. We did the Scottish Dinner optional excursion that consisted of the CEREMONY of HAGGIS.
Chester Bridge- across from the wall
 There were highland dancers, a man playing the accordion, and another playing the bagpipes. This was my first taste of haggis & I actually liked it. It does have a pepper taste. Suzi doesn't like it so I also ate hers. We had the pleasure of sitting across the younger sister talking about how fulfilling her job as a funeral director was. The older one stated the accordion player kept looking at her and even walked past him in her leather pants to see if he was "checking her out"!  I enjoyed the dinner (even with the annoying sisters & all) until my ear started hurting & had a blocked feeling. Oh no! Could it be an ear infection coming on?
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pretty view from the bus
pretty view from the bus
sheep at Hadrians Wall
sheep at Hadrian's Wall
a foggy morning
a foggy morning
Chester Bridge- across from the wa…
Chester Bridge- across from the w…
Hadrians Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Our guide, Michael explaining Hadr…
Our guide, Michael explaining Had…
Our guide climbs Hadrians Wall
Our guide climbs Hadrian's Wall
Our 2nd stop of the day to get cof…
Our 2nd stop of the day to get co…
more flowers
more flowers
many flowers at our 2nd stop
many flowers at our 2nd stop
Love this sign!
Love this sign!
near the borders
near the borders
Lowlands of Scotland
Lowlands of Scotland
Chester Bridge at Tine River
Chester Bridge at Tine River
Chester bridge
Chester bridge
Bagpiper welcomes us at the borders
Bagpiper welcomes us at the borders
The borders
The borders
countryside of the borders
countryside of the borders
me posing st the borders
me posing st the borders
at the border
at the border
borders
borders
Jedburgh
Jedburgh
pretty flowers in Jedburgh
pretty flowers in Jedburgh
Jedburgh
Jedburgh
more pretty flowers
more pretty flowers
Jedburgh
Jedburgh
ruins of Jedburgh Abbey
ruins of Jedburgh Abbey
ruins
ruins
Suzi and Leann pose in front of th…
Suzi and Leann pose in front of t…
inside Jedburgh Abbey
inside Jedburgh Abbey
more of Jedburgh Abbey
more of Jedburgh Abbey
Entrance to the house
Entrance to the house
Entrance to Abbotsford
Entrance to Abbotsford
inside Abbotsford
inside Abbotsford
Sir Walter Scott died here
Sir Walter Scott died here
Back of Abbotsford
Back of Abbotsford
very nice home
very nice home
CCDL
CCDL
Abbotsford
Abbotsford
pretty landscape  at Abbotsford
pretty landscape at Abbotsford
architecture at Abbotsford
architecture at Abbotsford
beautiful landscape
beautiful landscape
Wish I had this lawn!
Wish I had this lawn!
Abbotsford
Abbotsford
accordion player at the Haggis din…
accordion player at the Haggis di…
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