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Maude Devine at Danevale Park.
 Liz and Jean in Gairloch.
            The girls and the Rhododendron praecox hedge in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Laura, Irene and Maureen on Threave Estate Castle Douglas.
                         Janette and Sylvia take the lead in the Fernery at Ascog House in Argyll.
When walking at the Pineapple we could not resist the Falkirk Wheel. Sylvia and Frances and friends. The children were from Northern Ireland.
When visiting gardens on the west coast we take every opportunity to sail on our wonderful Calmac Ferries.
The ferry from Rothsay to Wemyss Bay 
was diverted to Gourock round the tail of the bank on the River Clyde. It was a hot superb evening and we felt as if we were on a cruise. The scenery on route was stupendous.
Picture above: Frances, Sylvia and the group enjoy a sail round the tail o' the bank on the River Clyde.
Rockcliffe in Galloway. Margaret, Irene, Laura and Janette "in the picture".
Cluny Garden, Aberfeldy Perthshire. John Mattingley welcomes the garden walks group to a wonderful garden.
Earlston in the Scottish Borders was much loved by the girls and I. It was a feast of colour even on a dull day.
Laura and Irene - the best of pals in the Outer Hebridies.
Workers from Historic Scotland thatching using loose straw at Arnol, Lewis. Note the lovely stack of peat on the right of the picture.
Bridget, Liz, Laura and Irene at Gearannan village by the Atlantic Ocean.
                         Alison, Irene and Liz paddle the evening away on Bernery.
The five hour crossing from Castlebay, Barra to Oban on the mainland is great for chilling out. Liz, Laura and Liz.
                         Some of the group relax in Tarbet Loch Fynne on the way back from Gigha.
Enjoying a welcome rest in the garden at Pitmuies, Angus.
Below. Janette, Sylvia and Eleanor enjoy the dappled shade of the burn walk on a
lovely sunny day at Pitmuies.
Wilma and pals waiting for the ferry in Rothsay Isle of Bute.

Happy memories of Branklyn Garden Perth. National Trust for Scotland.
2012 was a very wet year. Despite this we marched on visiting Inverary Castle and Grarae Garden. We had many dry and sunny days to be grateful for too.

The railway carriages in the siding at Rogart, Sutherland proved to be a lovely stopping place for an overnight stay. We waved to the train drivers as they stopped in the station and they waved back. Here Liz M and Liz M (confused ... don't worry we are) relax in the evening sunlight before jumping into the train for the night.
Lucy, Annie and Jamie visit the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, London.

The Vikings invade Brodick Castle July 2011.
Princess Anne has a blether about carriage driving at the Arran Farmers Show near Lamlash 2011.

A wee rest following a lovely walk at Mount Stewart, Isle of Bute.
Gudron Hirt playing the Appalachian dulcimer in Cullen Harbour Hostel, Banffshire.
Goat Fell looms in the background as we bid farewell, once again, to the Isle of Arran. Diane, Laura and Irene enjoy the last of the sunshine.
Some people have all the luck!!! Laura, Margaret and Janette. Glenbrittle Skye.
A glorious day at Abbottsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, in the Scottish Borders 2009.
Barry, Sadie and Winnie enjoy a walk on the beach on Gigha 2008.
One of the seal boats at Dunvegan Castle, Skye. The boats have been going out on Loch Dunvegan for forty years. The seals have a life span of about thirty years and are accostomed to people coming to look at them.
... and here they are. The folklore in the highlands and islands tells us that the seals are selkies and turn into human beings, live a normal life and without notice disappear back into the sea again leaving thier distraught families behind.
Seals are very interested in the sound of the human voice. You can talk to them or better still sing some soothing Scottish songs. They perk up and take great interest in you.
On a beach near John O'Groats I sang to three seals as we walked along. Before we had finished the walk there were over thirty seals following us in the sea. When we "disappeared " behind a rock they had all gone when we reappeared at the other side. Amazing!
What did I sing? Mary Morrison, Turra Market and Loch Lomond. Just the fragments I remember ye ken. I've just realised. Maybe they didna like Loch Lomond?
 Joshua Sutherland helps dog over style on Machrie Moor, Arran.
Below. Laura Janet and Janette enjoy a walk at Ardkinglass in Argyll.