scottish border towns 'god's own country'
"rolling countryside, lush, with plenty of sheep"
The border towns of Scotland as the name suggests are close to England, and are staunchly Scottish (to quite a degree more than the rest of the nation) these towns are dotted around, but close to one another, most of them 'mill towns'. Woollen mills use the natural resources of sheep (wool) and at one time the water from rivers Tweed and Ettrick as energy to power them, not only providing work for local population, but ensuring that supplies of local goods are in plentiful supply for visiting tourists!
"The banks of the river Ettrick"
Such a lovely relaxing walk along here (this was a sunny day) and greetings from all other walkers was typical of this warm friendly area.
The usual birds are evident here. Willie wag-tail. lots of chaffinches, and not forgetting harry heron in his stereo-typical pose! So quiet on the walk, but welcome sounds were those of the birds, bees etc. Wild flowers in abundance.
"one of the local walks on the forest trail"
didnt get all the way on this walk (heavens opened), but busied ourselves with collecting 'kindling' for the fire, Some trees were so mis-shapen, and interesting, that our walk slowed down whilst we took a closer look.