All around the Rurals


A whistle-stop tour of the world could almost have been the title of the January meeting of Fettercairn WRI.

The speaker was Mary Farries, one of our own members, and her talk started off with her time in Australia. Her husband, John, was based in Central and North Queensland and they lived in the bush. Depending on where they were, they could be up to 400 miles from the nearest shop.

Several years later, in the early 90s, John volunteered as a teacher through VSO, and they went to live in north Thailand. Here, people were living at subsistence level and grew rice and bananas.

While there, they took a holiday by the Andaman Sea, to the west.

Here, there were huge rain-storms, fantastic rock formations and white sands.

This was where the tsunami struck in 2004. Mary doesn’t know if some of the islands she saw are still there, as a result of that disaster.

Mary rounded off her talk with a holiday in 1977, in Scotland.

This started off at Mar Lodge near Braemar, and was completed on horseback, along the Linn o’ Dee, via Feshie Lodge, to Tomintoul. All in all, a most interesting and varied talk!

The meeting was presided over by Christian Milne, president, who opened the meeting by paying tribute to the late Betty Davidson who was a loyal member and keen bowler for more years than any of us can remember!

Chris also proposed the vote of thanks and announced the competition winners as follows:

holiday photograph: 1 Anne Osborn; 2 Morag Christie; 3 Chris Milne; New Year’s Resolution: 1 Sheena Kelly; 2 Morag Christie; 3 Chris Milne

Flower of the Month: 1 Chris Milne; 2 Nancy Brown; 3 Frances Clark

Gourdon SWRI

December 2013 - the members all enjoyed a really good evening at the George Hotel, Montrose, for their Christmas meeting.

The food was excellent and, of course, it wouldn’t have been Christmas without the “The President’s Quiz which was great fun.

Competition results for handmade Christmas placemat:-

1 Sheila Lownie, 2 Morag Rees and 3 Pauline Swan

January 2014. - President Sheila Lownie welcomed members to the first meeting of 2014.

After business was concluded, the president introduced the speaker,, Mr Dave Ramsay who gave a very informative and amusing talk about the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon, with all its local heritage connections and wider associations with Burns.

The museum has connections with the surrounding area and is obviously well worth a visit.

Competition results:

Sticky toffee pudding 1 Morag Rees, 2 Sheila Lownie.

Knitted dish cloth:- 1 Sheila Lownie, 2 Gena Warden, 3 Joyce Inglis

Sylvia Rendall proposed the vote of thanks.

Next meetingwill be on February 3 when the speaker will be Mr Raymond Sutton, from Montrose

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