October 2017

Bonnetmakers & Dyers 2017

As Anthony was off fact-gathering in Palestine for almost two weeks, life could have been dull but the day he left Killiecrankie I drove him to Edinburgh and then headed to Glasgow as I was heading out that night with GeorgeM, Marie & Tony and Kathleen to the Bonnetmakers & Dyers annual dinner in the Trades Hall. My did we all look smart! I had remembered this time to bring and wear my Fan Maker Liveryman badge on its blue ribbon. The dinner itself was lovely and conversation flowed and then there was a millinery parade from one of the prize-winners - I joined Marie and Kathleen swooning at some of the creations.
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What a great night it was, and it was not over! We went to Rab Ha's for a quiet drink afterward which did not last long as we met up with colleagues of Kathleen and dragged them to a nightclub where DaddyG and I danced the night away! Home to Kathleen's at 3am to be woken at 11:00 by Paul delivering Grace…

Blair Castle late October

Mother In Law was over so we went up to Blair Castle for a trip and a walk through the Hercules Garden which was by now in full glory. The various apples and pears were on climbers against the walls, and the variety of apple trees in the main garden was astonishing. We had a look in one of the little houses and found a clever wooden sculpture which has doors all over it, hiding some treasures inside!
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Enchanted Forest 2017

Whilst we were in Belgrade, we got an update from the Enchanted Forest Facebook group to say all tickets (75,000) had been sold out for this year! I was glad to hear that and joyful that I had bought mine back in June. Tuesday night, before I caught the train to London we headed there. Thankfully Pam drove us as there is practically nowhere in Pitlochry to park in the evenings this month. The show was amazing. Click image for more.

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Serbia

Anthony and I took an all too quick trip to Belgrade, Serbia and had a wonderful time. The weather was amazing and our friends, Peter and Daniela made us most welcome. It is a beautiful city. We did not do too much of the touristy things as we will be back there in 2018, but spent most of our time going from one feast to another! By Saturday night I had only the smallest amount of space left to eat half of a panna cotta. Friday night we went to a traditional bar/inn which had musicians (including a double bass!) wandering from table to table entertaining everyone. We saw a couple get engaged, but neither he nor she looked particularly happy about it! What a lovely night it was for us, eating, chatting and laughing, and of all things, SMOKING at the table. Both Anthony and I were quite against that but we were "forced" to remain seated and not go outside! Peter and Daniela were perfect hosts, bringing us to their lovely home and looking after us so well. Click image
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