Super busy few weeks for us – let me tell you a bit about this weekend.
Friday we were up
at the crack of dawn before dawn – 5am to start our trip to Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway – we were going to Drumlanrig Castle to marshal at the Buccleuch Property Challenge.
We are the benefitting charity. Ian and our grandson Sam loaded up our car on the Thursday night and there was barely enough space for Sam in the back – but we managed it. Ian was navigator and I was driving. Sat nav sometimes fails so Ian had his trusty map book out. He had also made up (ballencrieff)bacon and (free range) egg sandwiches which smelt delicious.
After a windy road drive – not my favourite- we arrived at our destination – oh my gosh. As you drove up the long drive facing the Castle you were blown away by the beauty of the place – and the views across the valley were stunning too. What a seriously beautiful place – courtyard shops, gardens, cafe – even a bike rental shop.
Ian, Sam and I got to erecting our marquee – it is huge and hard to do but with youth on our side (Sam) we managed it fine. Sam is also taller than us which helped in getting the sides of the tent on.
Soon after we arrived the rest of the team did too – we did have a wee chuckle at Rosie’s expense – she and Sam were clearly not early morning people. By 10am their normal cheery selves had returned though.
After our marshal briefing session, James our Blue Sky contact took us to the area we were going to be supervising. Susan had owned up (ok, truth to tell, Susan’s daughter Rosie said) to having a lifesaver certificate – so Susan was marshalling at the loch where participants had to go down a steep slope, strip off most of their clothes and swim across the (little) loch and back.
The rest of us were at the Commonwealth games area – we had a javelin area, shot putt and discus throwing. Oh what fun we had – we had to practice so we knew what to tell participants – James warned us that sometimes folk threw outside the ‘zone’ so we were to be extra careful where spectators stood. Marlyn went first with the practice discus throw. And promptly threw the blooming thing way outside the zone! Oh, how we laughed. Till it was our shot. Jings, that whole discus throwing is harder than it looks. And as for the javelin throwing – maximum respect to good javelin throwers. We didn’t see many of them on Friday. What we did see was folk giving it their all – what a brilliant day. Susan wasn’t required to rescue anyone thank goodness. In fact the Medic wasn’t required at all.
Rosie and I went to the finish line to help with scoring (really complicated) and we were glad to be able to help speed up the process.
I think all the competitors were in by 4pm and then it was bbq time and prizegiving. we had the chance to chat with participants and show them the Ripple Retreat plans.
Then it was time to get the tent down and get ourselves home – we got home back of 9pm and pretty much headed straight to bed!
Immense thanks to Buccleuch Property for choosing us as Charity of the Year and to Caorunn Gin, Montpeliers, the Sheraton Grand, Sue Gibson, Balanced Physiotherapy for donations of prizes and goody bag items. All were appreciated!
Enjoy a few photos of the day……..