Sunday 8 November 2009

A weekend to remember

The weekend weather has been glorious. Yesterday we drove into Inverness to do some shopping and to order the chimney for the wood burner. The first smattering of snow has appeared on the top of Ben Dearg
As we came out of Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness we were met by (Oh, I do hope I've got this right!)
"The Inverness British Legion Pipe Band"  Please somebody let me know if they're not. And the tartan is the Royal Stewart, and maybe you could let me know if that's wrong too!

Up and down the square they went while young cadets stood nearby with trays of poppies. How do you pin a poppy on a lapel? We got in a terrible muddle and were very relieved to discover peel and stick poppies in a nearby garden centre.

And then,  this afternoon, in Ullapool at around midday, after church services finished, people gathered by the war memorial on the main road coming out of Ullapool
 for a short service and the laying of wreaths for "Remembrance Sunday"
 It was perfect, not a cloud in the sky
 and slowly but surely

the Ullapool Pipe Band came marching down the road

 The first wreath was laid
and after the final wreath, a lone piper played

At the end of the ceremony, the traffic, such as it was, waited patiently for the road to be handed back.
It was an all together unhurried and dignified affair, made all the more poignant by the beautiful surroundings so far away from war.

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