We first went to Beanscene cafe for lunch. It's pleasant place, a light, airy modern building within an old Tower Mill building, some tables look out over the millrace. Part of the ground floor is glass and you can see the old waterwheel still in place there. The Kenneth McAllister Quartet was playing jazz. Now, neither of us are big fans of jazz, especially the singing, but the music was not too loud and luckily there was only a little singing. It made a nice change.
We went on to the town's main street and came across the Borders Textile Towerhouse Museum, The Knitwear and Textile story. The museum is in a beautifully restored building, part of which is Drumlanrig Tower, built in the 16th century by the Douglas family and is the oldest building in Hawick. The rest of the building was previously the Tower Hotel until that closed and became derelict. The £10 million Heart of Hawick project saved the building and created the museum.
One thing I remembered from the exhibition that had nothing at all to do with the mills was the uglie bonnet. A strange hat with a wired, wide brim over the face worn by female agricultural workers to shield them from the sun. They were not very fetching hence the name LOL! All in all, it was a small, but interesting museum.
We walked down the main street of the town, most of the shops were shut as it was a Sunday and as this is a relatively small town that's quite normal. We passed the lovely Town Hall with all it's turrets. Then, at the Memorial statue (which commemorates the victory of local youths over English raiders just outside of Hawick in 1514. the English flag was captured and taken back to the town) we turned left and walked along the banks of the fast flowing River Teviot back towards the car park. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the wind strong, bracing - good fresh air!