Round the Rurals

Dellavaird WRI

President Jane Stear welcomed everyone to our June meeting which was a summer buffet with members providing a lovely selection of savoury and sweet dishes which we all enjoyed.

Entertainment was Grab a prize, countdown and a flower quiz.

Winners of the monthly competition: “Photograph of a Beautiful Sky” resulted - 1. Mrs Aileen Ross, 2. Mrs Elsie Airth and 3. Mrs Sheila Craigmile. Flower of the month winner was Mrs Sheila Craigmile. Alison Meston proposed the vote of thanks.

Fettercairn WRI

On a soft summer evening, the ladies from Fettercairn WRI enjoyed a trip over the Cairn to Drum Castle where head-gardener, Diana Robertson, gave a guided tour of the extensive walled garden which she has spent much of her life restoring.

From the majesty of the high walls, the symmetry of the Western Hemlock hedges to the perfection of the planting, we were transported through four centuries of rose gardens.

In spite of the midges and a little rain, we had a pleasant informative walk enjoying the wild flower meadow, the pond, the azaleas and a welcome refreshment in a restored bothy. The consensus was a repeat visit; this garden is to be seen in all seasons.

Maryculter WRI

On Wednesday, June 11, members accompanied by some husbands and friends visited the Gordon Highlander Museum in Aberdeen.

We were given a very warm welcome by James Kennedy. Two volunteers then gave us a very informative tour of the museum which has many rooms with some beautiful and extremely interesting displays and collections depicting the history of the Gordon Highlanders. We were then given a very welcome cup of tea or coffee with homebaking in the Duchess Jean tearoom and the opportunity to wander round the lovely, peaceful garden. Audrey Lowson, President, thanked the staff and volunteers from the Museum for a really enjoyable evening and wished everyone a good summer, looking forward to meeting again in September.

Laurencekirk WRI

The members of Laurencekirk WRI travelled by cars to the Park Hotel, Montrose, for their summer outing.

The weather was very nice and everybody enjoyed a lovely lunch served in comfortable surroundings by very pleasant and helpful staff who couldn’t do enough for us.

Truly a very successful day.

Catterline WRI

Catterline members enjoyed a visit to Castleton Farm, Fordoun to hear from proprietor Murray Mitchell the running of this large fruit farm in the Mearns.

Members were given the chance to see a variety of fruit which are grown on over 200 plus acres.

During the height of the growing season over 350 people are employed many of whom come from European countries.

All the fruit is sold locally with the strawberries being supplied to M&S, Tesco and ASDA supermarkets. Tea and cakes were served in the restaurant afterwards which everyone enjoyed.

The monthly competition, an individual strawberry tart resulted,

1st Alice Meston, 2nd Elizabeth Pearson, 3rd Mary Mair, 4th Kay Irvine.

Chairman Mrs Linda Swan gave a comprehensive vote of thanks and wished everyone a lovely summer break.