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:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

Today our children left for home and it is now the 4 of us, William, Phyllis, Kathy and I, touring. Our journey today took us to Melrose Abbey to see where the heart of King Robert is buried. After a stop at a laundromat to get some clean clothes, we headed out. Melrose is a quaint little town with lots of activity. The abbey is in ruins, but interesting nevertheless. We did find the spot where the heart is buried, marked by a heart shaped stone. We then continued on to the wee town of West Linton, where our friend, Helen Bruce, lives. Some of you may remember her from when she lived in Minneapolis. She was a regular at Scottish Country dancing. It was wonderful to see her and she gave us a tour of her village, as well as a wonderful Scottish dinner of fish pie. We eventually had to say goodbye and head back to our hotel. This may be the last posting for awhile, as we head into the Highlands tomorrow and wifi may be hard to find. I will do my best, but no guarantees.

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# 31 - Home to Scotland - 06/30/2014 - 19:53 - - -
:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

Today we visited the lovely town of St. Andrews, one of my very favorite places in Scotland. We toured the cathedral and castle ruins and climbed St. Rules Tower to get a great view of the city and the North Sea. We had a nice lunch at Chariots Bar near the links and then, because it was Sunday, we were able to walk out on the Old Course. It was a beautiful Scottish day and we really enjoyed the walk. The course is absolutely beautiful, green and immaculate. The size of some of the double greens is amazing. You need a driver to putt! We then returned to Dunfermline for a great dinner at an Italian restaurant in town. Another glorious Scottish day. Tomorrow we head for Melrose and the abbey there, for more Bruce touring.

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# 30 - Home to Scotland - 06/29/2014 - 19:44 - - -
:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

Today was the last day of our organized Bruce events. We visited the Ceres Games. Ceres is a little town near St Andrews and has the oldest continuous games in the world. They actually date back to 1314 and were approved by King Robert for individuals from his army at Bannockburn. It is a relatively small games, but was interesting due to all the history. Today was the first day we had a goodly amount of rain so that was disappointing. When we returned to Broomhall, Phyllis, Kathy and I were given a tour of the grounds by Lady Elgin, a very lovely and gracious lady. We got some great pictures of the front of the manor and of the gardens. Then we were unfortunately forced to say our goodbyes as this was the last time we would be at Broomhall this trip. It was sad because our chief is 90 and who knows how much longer he will be around. Thus the first part of our trip comes to an end. Tomorrow we travel to St Andrews to spend the day in the town and at the links. It will be fun for our sons to see this wonderful town.

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# 29 - Home to Scotland - 06/28/2014 - 19:40 - - -
:-P Home to Scotland by Don Bruce.

So much to tell and so little time. The celebration at Broomhall was wonderful. Plenty to drink, including some specially bottled whisky. Then a wonderful buffet meal. The evening was highlighted by the unveiling of the Bruce throne. This is a project of the Strathleven Artizans, who have carved a throne for King Robert from the Bruce oak. It was absolutely beautiful. Our chief was invited to sit in it and he did so with great humor. You can see the throne on line by googling the Atrizans and the Robert the Bruce Centre. We finished this amazing evening with a tour of the home. There is so much history there it is like going back in time. As I said, what a day.
Still no signs that there is an important vote coming up. Elections and campaigns seem very low key over here compared to our non-stop campaigns. I have no feel whatsoever for where things stand on the question. People seem very reluctant to speak out for either side. Interesting! :-P

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