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Monday, 23 March 2015

Big Day Over - Back to Wargaming

Here's me and my good lady at the weekend. Nope, it wasn't for the rugby.

 

My youngest daughter Susan was married at the weekend.

Here she is with her new husband Craig.


Some of the photographs were taken at South Queensferry.

Downstream is the famous Forth Bridge.


Upstream is the Forth Road Bridge with the pillars of the new Queensferry Crossing bridge in the background.


I am reliably informed that this is the only place in the world where there is an Nineteenth Century bridge, a Twentieth Century bridge and a Twentyfirst Century bridge crossing a major river at the same place.

How good is that!

Now back to wargaming and where did I leave my paintbrush.





25 comments:

  1. Congratulations. I wish you and your family all the blessings possible.

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    1. Thanks Mr Kinch, greatly appreciated.

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  2. Good pair of knees there ! - all the best to the happy couple , Tony

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    1. Some say my knees are my most attractive feature whereas the reality is that they are both just about ready to go, probably the left first. Too many heavy tackles at the footie and too many miles in my marathon days have seen to that.

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  3. Congratulations to you and your family. I hope that everyone had a great day ... and that the couple enjoy a happy life together.

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    1. Thanks Bob. I think everyone had a ball, I certainly did.

      Highlight of the day was the tour of Edinburgh and then South Queensferry in a red London bus, a real touch of nostalgia, complete with clippie.

      A nice meal, a good bar and a bit of dancing rounded off a very long day. My knees, stomach, kidneys and liver have just about recovered.

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  4. Congratulations to everyone. I liked the kilt - wont wear one for Alina's wedding whenever that might be......

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    1. Wearing the kilt is still a strong statement, particularly in these hectic political times.

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  5. Congratulations and many years of happiness and prosperity to the new couple.

    Speaking of couples, there are 2 handsome couples there. All kilted up! :)

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    1. Thanks, I'll pass on your compliments next time I see them.

      There's nothing more handsome than a Scotsman in a kilt. Well maybe one or two others.

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  6. My best wishes to the happy couple. Incidentally what is the tartan of your kilts?

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    1. My tartan, the purple one, is a modern Scottish tartan. It is called 'Scotland the Brave', can be worn by anyone, it has no clan distinction.

      I'm not sure about the grooms tartan. I think it is a standard 'grey' tartan supplied by the kilt hire company to go with their 'Holyrood' grey jackets.

      You have to bear in mind that most clan tartans were designed by the English so I'm more than happy to wear a tartan designed by a Scottish weaving company.

      It is my own kilt and I wear it when I go to rugby and football internationals as well as special occasions. I've worn it in America as well as several European countries. I expect I will be wearing it at my funeral.

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    2. I have a Mackenzie kilt which was issued to the Pictou Highlanders of First World War and a Royal Stewart as that was the tartan the Tokyo Pipeband wore.

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    3. My father is a retired Lieutenant in the Nova Scotia Highlanders and a Pipe-Major, having played since 1964

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    4. My maternal grandfather, who died when I was very young, served in the Royal Scots, premier line infantry regiment in the British Army, in Palestine and in India before 1914, was brought back to the UK before being sent to the Western Front. While there he won the Military Medal for rescuing a wounded comrade under fire in no-mans land.

      I have his Glengarry with cap badge, his button stick (complete with bullet hole), button brush and his army cookbook (how to feed eighty men in one go).

      I also understand he was a Temperance Soldier as well as a Piper.

      A cousin of mine has his medals and another has his silver chanter.

      I would dearly love to have been able to talk to him, alas I was too young and he was too old.

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  7. Congrat to the newly weds and I am pleased you had such a splendid setting and good weather for the occasion.
    Alan

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    1. Thanks Alan, certainly the weather was very kind to us considering it is still only March.

      We had hoped to have pictures taken up Arthurs Seat but the High Road was closed due to the annual toad migration so we stopped in Regent Road Park, just down from the Burns Monument. The other place we stopped was the promenade at South Queensferry where the groom hails from.

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  8. All the best for the couple!

    Your knees should keep well for a bit longer now that your wallet will undoubtedly be the lighter!

    ++ on the kilt wearing. A true sign of defiance - introduced by the English to control the Scots. Embraced by the Scots to further stamp their identity as a nation...

    Funny how over half your post was about bridges. Long live the geekery!

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    1. Thanks James

      My knees are in better shape than my liver according to a recent scan.

      Drop by on me at Carronade, I have a little present for you.

      Jim

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    2. Congratulations Jim, and everyone looks stylish in a kilt.. :-)

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    3. It's the knees that do it!

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