Twenty-two members headed south towards Kelso to visit this wonderful Adams house. The weather was less promising than usual but Bill timed the visit to perfection and the heaviest rain shower was viewed with disdain – from within! Fortified by coffee and a variety of buns, we were amusingly and informatively guided round the finer rooms in this ancient pile. It was the owner’s (the Earl of Haddington) misfortune and our gain that water ingress had necessitated a fair degree of re-decoration in two of the main public rooms and everything looked pristine and fresh. The ceilings and plasterwork were quite breathtaking and unusual pieces of furniture all made for plenty to see and remember. It was a grand day out.