The outing by coach to Dumfries House on the 3rd June was a great success and although we were not blessed with sunshine, the weather was dry and warm. The trip took about 90 minutes, driving along the M8 and M77 but it was decided to take the more picturesque route home which took a little longer but not that much. After the day of going round the house and walking through the gardens, it would seem that a lot of the party decided a short nap would be a good idea so there is no guarantee too many saw the countryside on the way back!
The success of the trip is due entirely to the efforts of the organiser, our Membership Secretary, Gavin McDowall, who attended to every detail and ensured that there was time available for all to see what they wanted before the coach took us home. Also his hard work in contacting members directly ensured the coach was full.
Always looking ahead, Gavin has suggested that the outing in 2019 might be to the new Victoria and Albert museum in Dundee which is opening in September this year. The exhibition is in two parts, a permanent display entitled “Scottish Design Galleries” and an exhibition with a particular theme. The latter will change from time to time and the opening one is entitled “Ocean Liners – Speed and Style” but is only on display until February 2019.
The date for this trip, or whatever is decided, is likely to be the first Sunday in June 2019 but watch this space for information as progress and decisions are made.
Those who put their names down to visit the Cousland Hub and Smiddy on 28th June will have already been contacted by Gavin. To remind you, you have to make your own way there for 2.00pm and pay the entry fee of £2. Around 20 names were put down and the intention is to split into two parties to visit the Smiddy and other parts separately so as to reduce any chance of congestion.