In November 1992 we were working hard to get our shop in Peebles opened. We were living in a draughty old shepherd's cottage in the Moorfoot Hills at the time and one day, our landlady remarked that there was a famous mountaineer coming to give a fundraising talk in aid of the village hall. It seemed unlikely but yes, Chris Bonington was coming to Carrington.
It proved to be a memorable evening that people still occasionally mention to us today. Standing room only with an eclectic audience of school children, Women's Institute stalwarts, elders of the kirk and a smattering of outdoor enthusiasts. It probably wasn't the kind of gathering Bonington was used to speaking to but his professionalism and communication skills ensured that his stories came alive for everyone in the room.
At the end of the presentation we joined the scrum of autograph hunters and got his signature on a poster which we hung in our new shop on the day it opened. It stayed on the wall for quite a few y…
It's not often that a brown envelope contains a pleasant surprise- but yesterday one arrived at the Peebles shop that did. Totally unexpected Issue 78 of The Angry Corrie, Scotland's self-styled "first and finest hillzine". We'd got used to the sporadic nature of the issues but with the previous one being published in Spring 2010 we had assumed that Murdo Munro had hung up his bobble hat and TAC had quietly retired. It's sometimes nice to be wrong- so The Angry Corrie is available again, with the familiar mix of hill news, access issues and list-ticking at only £1 a copy.
It's our Peebles store's birthday tomorrow (we'll be 22 years young) and, as is becoming traditional, we've got a long weekend of offers available to celebrate and to kick start your Christmas shopping. We'll be open late tonight while the town Christmas Lights are switched on and there are 20% OFF deals to be had throughout the store until Tuesday
If you need any more excuses to visit Peebles this weekend we can highly recommend the community art event Rapt in Winter being held in local galleries all over the town. You can view their beautiful map here and find out more about the artists and galleries involved via the event website and Richard Rowe's blogs There'll be live music throughout the town too
Last but not least the regular local Food Market is running all weekend with additional hot food from The Restaurant at Kailzie Gardens