I so wished I could have been there as I travelled often with my mother on the old route from Waverley during the 1950s to spend my school holidays with my cousins, aunt and uncle who lived on a farm in Rutherford.

We lived in Coatbridge in those days and the whole journey was a tedious affair and it was also quite a walk for a wee girl, tired from such a long journey, from the station to the farm but in summer all tiredness was forgotten as the walk became utter bliss with the warm sun on my face, the sound of a skylark high up in the sky and then the delicious, heavenly, sweet wild strawberries growing profusely in the grassy side of the road - those are my memories of the “old railway line”.

Also there is the coincidence of my late parents chosing their retirement home in Tweedbank after over 40 years in West Yorkshire.

Hopefully, when our health allows, my husband and I will be over next year in our motorhome staying at the Caravan Club’s lovely Gibson Park. We were over last year as my old school in Cupar - Bell-Baxter, celebrated it’s 125th Anniversary last June and I was there for the celebrations, meeting up with classmates and friends I hadn’t seen in 50 years.

I am so looking forward to travelling up to Edinburgh from Tweedbank and back with my husband to relive all my wonderful childhood memories!

I am, etc.

Caroline Ann Hay Friedrich Berlin, Germany