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Sunday, 10 July 2016

TGOC 2016, Day 10: Braemar to Lochcallater Lodge

A sabre toothed mole can bite the heel from a Wellington Boot! That's what the postcards told my grandchildren, written under the verandah of the newsagents. The picture was of a roaring stag which will now forever be a known as a pretty dangerous mole. It's what granddads are for.

A morning swanning about in a sunny Braemar is quite lovely. It's a shame the Fife is shut, but this is more than made up by the cafe attached to the excellent outdoor shop serving lip-smacking lunches and drinks, sat in comfortable furniture outside. As we slouch about, generally enjoying doing nothing, along pops Laura, and then Maggie & Vicky, fresh into Braemar. I persuade them to nip over to the B&B that Phil & I have just left next to the old church as it was absolutely brilliant. All three manage to get places there.

Eventually, we drag ourselves away and stroll the six miles up the golf course road to Lochcallater Lodge. Bill and Michael are in control and there is a freshly built trendy bar in the gentleman's sitting room! We accept with alacrity the kind offer of beds upstairs instead of camping outside. 

Here are a few of the characters, snapped in the living room

BILL



As ever, Bill & Michael's hospitality is tremendous and a great night is had until the small hours.


TOBY

DENIS

LORD ELPUS


SABINE

GERRY

ANDREW


NICK (CYCLIST & BALLOON JUGGLER) OUR YOUNGEST CHALLENGER


WAGGY

DENIS [C/O PHIL]

C/O PHIL

BIG MICHAEL [C/O PHIL]

WILL & SAM [C/O PHIL]

OUR WONDERFUL JEAN [C/O PHIL]

WAGGY, IN FULL FLOW [C/O PHIL]

MAD'N'BAD IN USUAL LATE-NIGHT STATE [C/O PHIL]

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    1. We made a valiant effort to get through, Al. It was a long, long day.

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  2. It was a grand night, but, is it me, or are Challengers getting younger?

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    1. It's all the fault of those men in white coats in Europe with their Hadron Collider, Sir.
      We're best of out of that place. This way the Space Time Continuum Vortex WotNot will sort itself out. The policeman will become older, and you will appear even more youthful.

      It will be just my luck to get Crabby Nebular Syndrome and become even more crabby in a nebulous sort of fashion.

      That sprightly young gal Theresa May or may not put you across her knee, if Miss Whiplash doesn't get you first.

      And mine's a Pint, as you're asking.

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  3. What lovely photographs of friends old, new and those not yet met. Really sad that I had to miss this year's gathering..... although you all seemed to be managing nicely without me - ya buggers!

    Not that I'm jealous you understand. Not at all ;-)

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    1. We had a fine crop of first timers this year. All those who made it to the lodge were of the finest calibre!

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