After 2 unsuccessful attempts to hold the 1st MG Caledonian get together of the year, Nancy finally managed it. The two planned dates to hold the “Fish & Films“ night BOTH had to be cancelled at the last minute due to atrocious weather.
Well the weather did not defeat Nancy on this weekend. Perhaps a case of “It’s now or never”? Clear blue skies with stunning snow capped hills set the scene for a fabulous weekend. Mind you, when we decided to do the recce for the West start of the forthcoming Satellite Run, we were very nearly defeated by “Road Closed “ signs, snow at the side of the road and flooding. I don’t mind telling you I was “All shook up”.
It was great to all meet up in Pitlochry on the Friday afternoon, after all, you’re “Always on my mind”. Our organisers, Nancy and Barry, however, did not turn up till Saturday citing some weak excuse about not being able to get a flight back from Tenerife until Friday night. Sorry, no sympathy there! (Note to self – “Don’t be cruel”).
Around 40 of us arrived at Scotland’s Hotel after a leisurely drive. Not such a short drive for Chris and Lesley Wilkins who had gone to the trouble of driving from Stafford to be with us, driving what turned out to be the only MG present. Such is the attraction of MG Caledonian events!
Most of us partook of some retail therapy in the pretty town of Pitlochry, although more expensive retail therapy also took place at the House of Bruar which is an unavoidable attraction.
Despite many of us still fighting off the effects of the recent widespread “bug “, coughs and sore throats did not stop us from taking the Perthshire air on the Saturday. Even Lorna and Jim managed to do a fair amount of walking ( as usual ) and I believe talked Margaret and Iain into joining them.
That Lorna, she’s a “Hard headed woman”.
In the evening, we all assembled in the bar for “Dutch“ courage before the “Elvis “ performance! It was not long, however, with “A little less conversation” many joined the dance floor, unable to resist the charms of Elvis, the “Big hunk O’ love” that he is!
I have to say that Scotland’s Hotel were superb and could not have done enough for us. The food and the service were excellent, especially considering the very reasonable cost. No “Heartbreak Hotel” here.
Nancy and Barry, you did a superb job (again)! The only problem is that you know you will have to do it again next year. Can’t wait to see who the “star“ will be then.
This has been a great start to the MG Caledonian Club year and let’s hope the weather will be kind to us for the 2018 events.
Thank you very much.
Barclay Henderson (has left the building)