Me and my Valentine spent the day doing a site visit and visiting two local supporters.
What a great day it was.
We started off by having an early lunch (1115am!) at Blair Drummond Smiddy – then we went just along the road to Doune to meet for the first time a great supporter – Cheryl Sievewright who owns Woodlane of Doune – a fashion boutique. Cheryl held a fashion show raising £1000 for us which was tremendous. It was so good to finally meet her and she loves the Ripple Retreat and will continue to support us. I can see myself popping in to Woodlane from time to time. (I saw several items I would have liked to look at more ).
From there we drove along to Callander and stopped to say hello to another local supporter, Ishbel owns the Crown Hotel. It was super busy as we arrived at 1pm so we just said hello and had a very brief chat then agreed to pop back at a quieter time! We had a bit of time before we needed to be at the Retreat so we took a wander up and down Callander High Street, finding a lovely wee lane to wander down – it took us to a bridge over the river and an ancient graveyard which mentions Burke and Hare.
It was such a lovely February wintery sunny day and the light was lovely as we approached our Ripple Retreat. Parking was difficult as the site was so busy with contractors! (Which was wonderful) – so we parked at our neighbour’s house (with permission I might add). We had a VIP supporter visiting with her 3 sons so I had bought 3 child size safety hats and hi viz vests for them. Kirsten runs KDMedia who have supported us through the Scottish Property Awards, Scottish Legal Awards and Scottish Home Awards raising over £60,000 for us in past three years. In addition to the funds, we have met several other supporters through those awards dinners. I was a wee bit nervous as wanted her to love our Ripple Retreat as much as I do! It was unnecessary worry – she loved it as did the boys. On site today was a digger doing work on the road to the new Pier and the boys loved watching it.
Before heading home we met up with our neigbour, another VIP supporter and friend, David and had a cuppa and chat discussing the garden and other landscaping plans.
To top off a cracking day – daylight stayed with us till almost 6pm – a wonderful sign of approaching spring.