Emma Baker meets one of the region's top chefs to learn about the pick of local ingredients this spring, including wild garlic and nettles. Sandy McCracken sees the work of two wicker artists, including the famous wicker man.
Fiona Armstrong tells the story of WW1 "agony aunt" Mary Pennyman. Wives and mothers of soldiers from the King's Own Scottish Borderers would write to her for help in overcoming their grief, as well as advice on practical problems. Researchers are trying to find ancestors of the women who wrote these moving letters, now housed in an archive on Teesside.
Emma Baker investigates the huge boom in the popularity of artisan gins and craft beers, many of them made in the south of Scotland. Sandy McCracken reports on a new apprenticeship programme which gets youngsters using age-old traditional craft skills.
Border Life episode 143
Fiona Armstrong goes inside the Eskdalemuir Earthquake and weather centre, to find out how this lonely spot can eavesdrop on seismic activity across the globe. She hears how the equipment here is so sensitive that it can pick up atomic bomb tests and air crashes.
Emma Baker sees what's cooking in the kitchen of a successful catering school in the south of Scotland. Students are making meals for paying diners - so the pressure is on! Sandy McCracken reports on how an ancient knitting design is turning up in the latest fashion, and we hear how a Dumfries church is becoming a popular venue for classical music.
Border Life 6th March 2017
Emma Baker talks to one of the movers and shakers of the Borders textile industry. James Sugden talks about how he built trade links with China to develop Cashmere production, and how China's sudden move into textile production pushed the Scottish industry into the highest end of the market.
Sandy McCracken meets the contestants in the annual Scotch Pie contest, and finds out what makes an award-winning pie. Emma Baker meets a chef who shows how an apparently bare garden in mid-winter can produce the ingredients for a great meal.
Emma Baker reports on a birdwatching project designed to teach children about the importance of conservation. Plus we meet a Borders textile artist who takes her inspiration from Islam, and a chainsaw carver who transforms tree trunks into works of art.