Sounds like a fun time, Ken! May God protect you and yours from the hurricane in the area.
Played some Border Ballads in The Scottish Borders, it's true -- Hugh the Graeme (mentions Clan Hume), Kinmont Willie, Tramps & Hawkers, Lammastide, Lock the Door Lariston and more... Spent four nights in Wedderburn Castle and used their kitchen to cook breakfast for the 20 or so clansmen and women staying there with us (the others had to do with whatever the could).
Now I'm hunkered down to endure the coming of hurricane Ian.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." Almost everything went perfect -- flight over, visiting friends and family in Sussex and Lincolnshire, Orkney and the Scottish Borders.
Our Clan chief, the 15the Earl Home passed away about 10 days before the Queen. His son, Michael succeeded as 16th Earl, and Charles succeeded a King Charles III. The Clan Gathering went really well, and our new Chief was able to attend even though he's a member of The Company of Archers -- the Royal bodyguards when in Scotland. We even saw him on TV as part of the processions and parades of the royal funeral.
Then we went down to Birmingham and ran into snags. First Sally got Covid (relatively mild), which deleted our canalboat trips and delayed our flight home. Then an Aer Lingus SNAFU has our luggage somewhere at Birmingham International (we have iTrackers on them) and cost us a $175 taxi ride from B'ham to London Heathrow airport (all good there). Caught a British Airways flight to the Dulles, near DC. Then home today to Florida.
And now.... we face the possibility of a hurricane!
Off to the UK tomorrow morning early. Spending four weeks seeing old friends, Lady Sally's sister, The Ring of Broca on Orkney and other archaeological delights, plus spending 4 nights at Wedderburn Castle attending the Clan Home/Hume Gathering for the first time and visiting/revisiting many of the Clan sights around the Scottish East March.