Update September meet Scotland

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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Muzorewa » Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:32 am

Well that was a lovely weekend in a stunning part of the country. Thanks to all who helped organise it, to Chrissie for the Stornoway black pudding on Sunday, to Paul & Annette for taking Chris on the bike ride, and to David for taking Hannah out in the canoe.

On a couple of previous tours I’ve wanted to go to Edzell castle & gardens near Brechin but we’ve always ran out of time – so this time I thought we’d make it first on the list. We left home about 11.30pm Wednesday in order to miss the traffic :lol: I thought “We’ll just get past Glasgow” and then “we’ll just get past Perth” and then “we’ll just get past Dundee”.... we were at Edzell before it was properly light :oops:

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Edzell castle....

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....& gardens 8)

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Then on to the remains of Old Slains castle near Collieston....

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....before moving on to the remains of New Slains castle at Cruden Bay....

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....which has a chequered history but may yet be restored.

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Fyvie castle 8)

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Huntly castle

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So we eventually pitched up on site 18 hours after leaving home :roll:

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First job, get cooking!!

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Friday morning – time to survey the scene 8)

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Did I mention that the site was a bit damp in places? :lol:

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The shop was doing a brisk trade in anti-midge devices :lol:

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Anyway, smoke is a good deterrent so let’s get breakfast on the go!!

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Muzette wanted to go to the reindeer centre....

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Meanwhile Muz Jr went on a mountainbike ride with The Gordons – thanks Paul & Annette....

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They went around Loch Morlich, through the Glenmore Forest and down Gleann Einich to Loch Einich – about a 30 mile round trip.

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Muzette then blagged a go in David’s canoe :lol:

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:shock:

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Lunch anyone? :?

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Muzette then decided we’d take the easy way up Cairn Gorm :lol:

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Loch Morlich

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The campsite from the top of Cairn Gorm

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Back to the site....

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....for another barbecue....

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....with some quality ingredients :?

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Loch Morlich sunset 8)

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Several varieties of locally distilled produce were available....

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....plus some other interesting home-made delights!! :D

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A perfect morning to pack up after a cold but dry night

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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Bongopoet » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:12 pm

Love the photos Muz. It was a pleasure providing the home made delights. I saw you taking photos of the morning after the night before carnage!

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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Muzorewa » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:20 pm

Bongopoet wrote:I saw you taking photos of the morning after the night before carnage!
They're often the funniest - this one was from a recent meet in Wales :lol:

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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Bongopoet » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:28 pm

Muzorewa wrote:
Bongopoet wrote:I saw you taking photos of the morning after the night before carnage!
They're often the funniest - this one was from a recent meet in Wales :lol:

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:shock: =D> =D>
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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by hatris » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:45 pm

Lovely pics Muz, you fitted a lot into your time there. How come Hannah ended up outside the canoe?
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Post by Muzorewa » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:47 pm

She was being towed - a lazy way of going swimming around the loch :lol:
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Post by hatris » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:52 pm

Was it not cold? I am only looking at pics and it feels cold.
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Post by Bongopoet » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:58 pm

Sunday we hit a tropical 25degrees! No such thing as wrong weather only the wrong clothes!

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Post by Muzorewa » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:58 pm

Oh, I'm sure it was absolutely freezing but you know what Hannah is like with water. I didn't even dip my toe in there :twisted:
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Post by Bongopoet » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:00 pm

Muzorewa wrote:Oh, I'm sure it was absolutely freezing but you know what Hannah is like with water. I didn't even dip my toe in there :twisted:

I walked in but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be! But then it is maybe all those unhealthy puddings that keep me warm!
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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Muzorewa » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:39 pm

Good to meet up with some new faces as well, and to finally meet Brorabongo and Dave Aber after yonks on this forum. Thanks also to Zoe for the Birthday cake, I trust Matt's shins are recovered after Saturday night :lol:

Competition time - who can guess who is inside the tent....

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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Northern Bongolow » Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:52 pm

Muzorewa wrote:
Bongopoet wrote:I saw you taking photos of the morning after the night before carnage!
They're often the funniest - this one was from a recent meet in Wales :lol:

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its funny what you can do with clever camera angles,that mess wasnt outside our bongo as the pic implied :oops: :shock: , it was that umbongo clan from darn sarf. :roll: :wink: .
(the boss is goin to spam you muz) :wink:
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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by umbongocat » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:34 pm

Northern Bongolow wrote:
Muzorewa wrote:
Bongopoet wrote:I saw you taking photos of the morning after the night before carnage!
They're often the funniest - this one was from a recent meet in Wales :lol:

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its funny what you can do with clever camera angles,that mess wasnt outside our bongo as the pic implied :oops: :shock: , it was that umbongo clan from darn sarf. :roll: :wink: .
(the boss is goin to spam you muz) :wink:

:shock: :shock: :shock: who us??? never! :lol:
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Re: Update September meet Scotland

Post by Bongopoet » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:44 pm

And we weren't burning wood on the BBQ and we did put it out properly when asked nicely by the nice site manager. :^o
And yes it was outside our van but then everyone who had a bongo was sitting around our nice water feature.
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Post by Muzorewa » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:56 pm

Bongopoet wrote:And we weren't burning wood on the BBQ and we did put it out properly when asked nicely by the nice site manager. :^o
And yes it was outside our van but then everyone who had a bongo was sitting around our nice water feature.
Killjoys these site wardens, we were at a site adjacent to a disused airfield in Northamptonshire that stipulated no fires, and they personally used sand to extinguish some pallets that mysteriously happened to have caught fire next to our tent :lol:

Crazy thing is that your fire wasn't endangering anything or anybody, and was being studiously watched by plenty of people so should anything untoward happen it would be dealt with right away.

We were threatened with eviction from Belgium for this....

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....them Smurfs don't have a sense of humour either :(

Mrs Muz said can she have the recipe for that drink thing, whatever it was, she's slurring her speech just at the thought of it and she's got to drive to work in a few minutes :lol:
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