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Our final summer outing took us to Coldstream to visit the museum and The Hirsel.

Monday, 8th October 2018, 9:00 am

The military section of the museum featured the Coldstream Guards.

Founded near Morpeth in 1650 by Oliver Cromwell, his fortunes changed when General George Monck switched his allegiance to the reinstatement of the monarchy under Charles II. Since then the Coldstream Guards have been loyal and extremely active in support of the Crown.

Another section concentrated on the Berwickshire Botanists and featured, in particular, Robert Fortune and his adventures whilst collecting species during Victorian times in China and Japan, the most common being wisteria, kerria, winter jasmine, viburnum and certain varieties of rhododendron.

An enjoyable lunch in the Hirsel Tea Rooms preceded a tour of the other amenities.

Firstly, in the Pottery, Peter Lochhead explained his skills, from the purchase of clay from Stoke-on-Trent to the beautiful glazed objects on display, which included tiny, exquisitely formed glazed mice.

Opening about the same time as the Pottery in 1994, Julie Linstead began her Glass Studio. Remarkable items on show featured some delightful and very intricate designs of sea horses with seaweed, dolphins, hares, ferns, butterflies and exotic lilies, all sand-blasted decorations.

There are also interesting individual museum subjects within The Hirsel with self-explanatory posters.

The day terminated in Tickety Boo.

Our grateful thanks to the Berwickshire Wheels drivers, who voluntarily give much appreciated help to our wheelchair members.

The next get together is scheduled for Monday, October 15, at 11am, in Tweedmouth Bowling Club.