Tea in the country

At the Stewartry show, we met a member of the local Royal Scottish Forestry Society. We chatted a bit and the next thing you know, William invited us to tea on Saturday. It sounded like fun, we’d had an enjoyable chat, and it was a chance to get to know someone from the area a bit better.

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We drove out to Dunscore on very small roads, narrow but scenic, and found our way to Dalgonar House.

As we arrived we met visiting family members just arriving for a stay.

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We walked around the gardens, where every turn presents a new vista.

Hugo the whippet was willing to join us for a picture on a particularly attractive garden bench.

 

On our return to the house we had tea and chatted with Marilyn about her sculptures in the garden, really wonderful pieces. It dawned on us that we were in the midst of move-in day for a family get together. During the time we were there, all three adult children, eight grand children and four grand-dogs arrived. We chatted while new arrivals ebbed and flowed in and out of the kitchen. It was pretty clear that we were a last minute addition to a pretty free-form household. It was a pleasure to be around such interesting and unflappable people, who didn’t seem to mind the visiting Americans. When the last of the family turned up (the countess and the earl), we made our farewells and headed off–just then the sun came out. The drive home to Dalbeattie was gorgeous.

8.6.16 Dalgonar House-020smSouthern Scotland is “undiscovered” in that people ask us what we plan to do, though they themselves may be there on vacation. It is only undiscovered by foreigners, I think. Here are a few more pictures of the lovely gardens at Dalgonar House.

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Published by winifredcreamer

I am a retired archaeologist and I like to travel, especially to places where you can walk along the shore or watch birds. My husband Jonathan and I travel for more than half the year every year, seeing all the places that we haven't gotten to yet.

2 thoughts on “Tea in the country

  1. Winifred,

    Wow, hob nobbing with the gentry. What I want to know is did you get scones and clotted cream with the tea? I am afraid I do not have the soul of a blogger but I will do a few more posts about Bali. We are very lazy here but I guess that’s what we needed. I am trying harder to get exercise and today did a one-hour nordic walk down the beach and back up through town — a little faster than JM can walk. Just that exhausted me but I do feel better. Scotland looks perfect for you two except for the driving.

    Joyce

    Joyce Heard tel France 33 6 61 81 26 54 tel Morocco 212 677 784 783

    2016-08-08 9:01 GMT+01:00 llywindatravels 2016 :

    > winifredcreamer posted: “At the Stewartry show, we met a member of the > local Royal Scottish Forestry Society. We chatted a bit and the next thing > you know, William invited us to tea on Saturday. It sounded like fun, we’d > had an enjoyable chat, and it was a chance to get to know s” >

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    1. I wish! It was a lot of fun and they were interesting people, especially Marilyn, who’s quite a good sculptor. We had to settle for chocolate biscuits and conversation. Some of it did make me smile, almost a caricature of the gentry. As visiting Americans, it was a peak moment.

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