I love living here! I find it comforting that my youngest child doesn't remember living anywhere else. I feel we're putting down roots. One of the reasons that living in this community is so wonderful, is that it is just that, a community.
I was in the town of Langholm today. It snowed overnight, so I didn't drive on the road that would get me there the quickest, I drove the big, well travelled and plowed roads. Langholm is about twelve miles from the house.
While I was in town, I needed to stop by the most wonderful shop in Scotland, Latimers! I love this shop and I will use any feeble excuse to go in. This place has a wonderful, old fashioned way of doing business. It has been around for years and it stands by the things that they sell. They sell everything in here. Really. Everything.
I went in to buy a new grate for the fire. You can buy a grate, an ash shovel and replacement fire bricks. There is even some black stove polish if you need it.
One of the things I find comforting is a place that sells rope and string. There is a nice assortment here. From the sort of handy string for tying up packages (Does anybody tie up packages in brown paper these days?) and garden canes to a new clothes line.
This aisle is where I could be lost for a large chunk of time. Why don't I have a mixing bowl in every size? The kitchen gadgets are on the right hand side of this aisle. If they don't have it here, you just don't need it.
The back room is where they sell beds and carpeting. The second floor is where the furniture is. Sorry, no photo available.
Now that I'm home, it turns out that the grate I bought is a bit too big. I'll take it back tomorrow and exchange it. I don't have a receipt, but the man behind the counter will remember me and just swap it across without any bother. That's how they do business.
Almost every farm in the area has an account there. Every raffle draw will have one prize in it, donated from Latimers. Local brides get their names on the Latimers Bridal Registry. I know I have rose-tinted specs on . . . . and I'm sure somebody will point out how messy the front counter is in the sixth photo of this entry - and how inefficient it is to tally up my purchases on the back of a scrap of paper. It is probably bad business that even though my purchases came to £31.24 I was only charged £31.00, but they have my undying loyalty. I will continue to give that shop my business for the rest of my days.