Well the weekend has certainly taken a turn for the better. I enjoyed a morning walking around the wooded areas and gardens of the the stunning Newbattle Abbey.
The light was superb for taking photographs, although it was very warm for a Scotsman of pale complexion like me but it was a very worthwhile day to make up for last night's error.
From recent outings in Midlothian, I'd certainly recommend any photographer tours Dalkeith Country Park, Vogrie Country Park and also Newbattle Abbey. They are 3 stunning buildings set in excellent grounds and can all be visited in the same morning or afternoon - due to their proximity. I have certainly had my eyes opened to the beauty of Midlothian recently.
Thanks very much indeed to Sarah Hunter for the recommendation.