Day Three - Coach Trip to the Borders

For events during the beginning of the week, the group was divided into 3 sub groups, who did a different thing each day. Monday was our day to tour the Borders in a Coach, while other groups went to Edinburgh for the day, or had a day in Moffat including a walking tour.

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If you're last on, then you go to the back of the bus - no matter whether or not you're a Lineberry!! That's it - all the way to the back of the bus. The "Mare's Tail Falls" in the distance with the stream from it in the foreground.
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The long line of people from the coach up to the viewing area. Looking back down the misty valley from the viewing area for the falls. Lisa wishing one leg was longer than the other so that like a Scottish sheep she could stand up straight on the hillside.
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Zooming in on the subject - make sure the flash fires too. Some of the George Moffat Family pose in front of the falls. The entrance to Abbortsford - the home of Sir Walter Scott.
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A view of "the house" at Abbortsford. In the foreground is the snack shop. Lisa in front of a "small" rhododendron bush. Part of the gardens.
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The front of the house. Some of the locals. Is George pointing or touching?
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A fancy clock on the mantle - supposed to have been owned by Marie Antoinette of France. One of the locals showing off. The front of the house. This photo is a composite of two photos, joined on the computer.
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Another part of the Abbortsford gardens. One of the explanatory signs about the history of Melrose Abbey. The ruins of Melrose Abbey. This picture is a computer composite of two separate pictures.
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"The Group" getting a talk from our guide Jan. Some of the interior of the Abbey. An "alcove" of the Abbey.
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"Now Listen up everybody".

This view shows the modifications made in the shape of the arch during different restorations.

Another shot inside. Our "Guide Jan" is on the extreme left of picture. Another explanatory sign.
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An exterior view across part of the graveyard at Melrose Abbey. In the foreground one of the youngest attendees at "The Great Gathering" takes a photo. Another outside view. Some listen attentively, some gaze up in wonder, and some take photographs.
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Another impressive view of the outside. The "museum" at Melrose Abbey - it's made from stones from the ruins of the Abbey. Note the size of the "foundations" in the foreground - part of the old Monk's quarters or Cloisters? (I forget <g>) A rhododendron, and behind that two of our Clan checking out the young pony.
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Lisa with Pat and George Moffat. Lunchtime in Melrose. Lisa calls them "Pig Cows".

Guide Jan was so excited she showed us why her nickname is apparently "Squeaky".

They're "belted Galloway" cattle.

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St Michaels South church in Dumfries. Lisa standing beside a headstone to show the size of the stones in the graveyard around St Michaels Church - as you can see the headstones are substantial. Another view of the graveyard at St Michaels.
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A very substantial mausoleum. This headstone is a memorial to 420 people who died of Asiatic cholera in Dumfries in 1832. The George Moffat family on the steps of St Michaels South in Dumfries.
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In the "Memorial Garden" at Locherbie - located in the Locherbie Cemetery, the Memorial Garden is in memory of those who lost their lives in the explosion of Pan Am flight 103, which fell on the town of Locherbie after an onboard explosion. Memorial Garden at Locherbie. This square deliberately blank
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A night at the opera? Actually it was a play put on by the local drama society - a version of "The Odd Couple" with a twist - it had an all female cast. It was very very entertaining, and enjoyed by all. The other side of the aisle. Some of the George Moffats. (OK so the flash was too bright).

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