Having to go to see Tom Stenhouse, Caddonfoot.1 I cycled round by Dunsdale + Cannon Street + from Caddonfoot to Clovenfords, Blackhaugh, Ferniehirst, Stagehall, Stow, Lauder, Leaderfoot + Gattonside.2 It was a nice calm day + sunny in forenoon: dull after + raining at night. The run was a little over 40 miles + I had not been between Blackhaugh + Ferniehirst, nor from Stow to Lauder for many years.3 The roads were very heavy in places. I saw snow on Windlestraw Law.4
1 Thomas Stenhouse (about 1865-1929), gardener, living with his first wife Christina Boa Stenhouse née Brown (1871-1926) at Allanlea, Caddonfoot, Selkirkshire [1920 Valuation Roll].
2 Caddonfoot, grid reference NGR NT448,349, Clovenfords, NT449,364, Blackhaugh, NT423,383, Ferniehirst, NT445,417, Stagehall, NT453,444, Stow, NT463,449, Lauder, NT529,478, Leaderfoot, NT578,347 + Gattonside, NT542,350.
3 The Editor once cycled on a heavy two-speed bicycle from Stow to Lauder and remembers that the climb out of Stow was very trying.
4 Windlestraw Law, 659m, north of Walkerburn, grid reference NGR NT37128,43091.
[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]