I went cycling with Shaun this afternoon to Pencaitland and back. Fat Mac was supposed to have come, but he is suffering from general malaise at the moment. He’s virtually a basket case, and has not had the energy to even get to the offie for over a week. I think he caught a chill when he fell asleep in the bath a while back. Basically, he doesn’t get enough fresh air.
Anyway, the bike ride turned out to be quite interesting, and the weather was fine as well.
At Pencaitland there’s a stone cross by the side of the road.
The plaque explains the history of the cross, and was compiled by Ralph Barker. In the 1950s I went to primary school with Ralph and his identical twin brother Harry. Many people could not tell them apart, but after a while it was quite easy for me and their other friends. A couple of times I went out to their house in Pencaitland, ‘Rose Cottage’, for birthday parties. I still have a cactus that came from a cutting of a cutting of one otheir mother’s cacti.
Shaun and I looked for the old railway at Pencaitland, and eventually found a track that took us nearly all the way back to Carberry.
There were various information signs alonng the track, one of which explained that spectators used to travel by rail to get to the football at Ormiston.