Damping Down in Duns
What is there to do on a wet Saturday in Duns
is the question two obvious tourists seemed to be asking themselves outside Nairn's the up-the- market newsagents at about 10 am. I say seemed to be as the language was not English-possibly Swedish. 'Umlout skerl eurn Ja' was the approximate response to 'Too wet for the Duns Town Trail?' A long winded 'Yes', in any language I thought. They killed a few moments watching me buy my Guardian and looked around the shop rather desultorily. ' Tur earluie fur Cafe aginn?' 'The bloke looked at his watch and seemed to agree despite the obvious charms of Hugo's.
Duns has much to recommend it on a fine dry day-Duns Law, the golf club (MPBUI) , the rather camp statue of Duns Scotus, the Castle, But it is hardly the Border's Favourite Tourist Destination when it is hissing down, even a Short Break one.
As I was leaving the Nordics to further contemplation the Distaff side asked one of the Newsagents in excellent English 'Are there other shops here' 'Finnies-the -down- the- market newsagent was mentioned.
A quick consultation :' Lette fabrkeu beste af rodden Yob*?' or vowels to that effect
And off they rushed. Almost animated, if not downright excited.
And so the long day wore on
Some one with an entrepreneurial turn of mind should produce a little booklet for such visitors:Twenty Minutes in Duns
* Make the best of a bad job? Blog-ed
Labels: Duns, Duns Scotus, Tourists