Ruth and Philip bought 2 Templelands in 2008. Ruth and Philip love old houses and gardens, spending most weekends exploring them in and around the locality, gardening, restoring their home, listening to old music and eating delicious food, occasionally home grown. They also share a love of the new actually, contemporary music, modern architecture, and much more. They have recently started to share their house with paying guests via Airbnb, which can be great fun.
Ruth founded the Scottish Gifts Company Couthie. Her first Couthie idea was Humorous Scottish Greeting Cards – aka Couthie Cards, and this has gone from strength to strength with ranges like Dinnae Fash and Scotland Mapped Out most recently London Mapped Out.
Philip has worked in the environment field for the last 30 years, at Exeter University, then with Scottish Natural Heritage and then as a consultant in a variety of areas, a bit of Swiss Army Knife – so much so he has his own show coming out soon on BBC4. He is a dab hand at building websites (very fast) having cut his teeth developing a number of imaginative startups. Philip wastes far too much of his valuable time trying to defend the local Dunbar Conservation Area from inappropriate or daft development and somehow also supporting dozens of projects and community organisations over the years.