It was a sight for sore eyes to see such a marvellous myriad of members manoeuvring into the car park at Gretna- was it due to my walk description or the absolutely fantastic weather!!
After a recce of the walk I realised it lacked a bit of mileage so to pad it out I encouraged full use of all the facilities at Gretna Green including the photo props, the Courtship maze and the Quintinshill memorial in the car park.
The back bone of the walk was local warfare history and the Auld Acquaintance Cairn with its poem about UK unity proved a very popular lunch stop.
Fortunately the tide was out and the serene walk along the Solway offered stunning views back across to England and the Lakeland hills.
The quirky garden on our return leg answered the age old question- When are Dyson, Henrys and Henrietta’s not hoovers? Answer – When they are bird feeders!
Thanks to everyone who followed and listened and I hope you agree that understanding the linkage between past and present gives us an appreciation of who we are and the sacrifices made by those no longer with us.
We headed back to Gretna Green for alfresco drinks and were treated to a Scottish wedding including pipers -which added a few more extra minutes for us all to intermingle.
PS: If this has wetted your appetite for local history I can strongly recommend a visit to the Devils Porridge Museum at Eastriggs.