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Blooming Haddington’s Wheelbarrow Trail. 2019

News Posted on Tue, July 23, 2019 09:21:27

All around the town there are beautiful wheelbarrows festooned with beautiful flowers.

Blooming Haddington Wheelbarrow Trail starts 1st August 2019


Haddington Care Home.


Outside Maitlandfield House Hotel.


Outside Gibson’s – Market Street.

Photos with courtesy – Blooming Haddington.

23rd July 2019



Fetes Franco Ecossaise 30 years July 2019

News Posted on Thu, July 18, 2019 15:43:02

A group from Haddington Twinning visited Aubigny for 30th Anniversary FFE….. it was a memorable occasion with lots of activities and the meeting with old and making new friends. Below is a selection of photos from 11th – 14th July…

11th July 2019

Desserted main street on 11th July.

Raising of Scottish Flag [ Saltire ]

Chateau des Stuarts [ which has been restored to former glory ]

Some weil kent faces.

And Dinner of course ! Les grand jardins.
Our dear friends Christian Couture & Heike and Karl.

More delicious lunch….. chez the Drouhins.

Le Spectacle 13th July…….

Photos courtesy Hekie- Begemann-Droge

Parade 14th July – Bastille Day.

An absolutely wonderful experience for all – thank you the people of Aubigny for making us so welcome.

Photographs – Irene Higgenbotham & Heike Begemann – Droge. July 2019



Mary, Queen of Scots House – Jedburgh. 5th July 2019

News Posted on Fri, July 05, 2019 19:00:54

Queen Mary’s House is a listed sixteenth century building in Jedburgh which is where Mary, Queen of Scots stayed for a few weeks in 1566. The building has been open to the public since 1930 as a museum, although there is some doubt whether the Queen stayed in this building. The museum has concentrated on telling Queen Mary’s story for the last thirty years.

The house was built in the sixteenth century in the town of Jedburgh near the Jed Water. The original entrance to the house is thought to be from Canongate Bridge through what is now the garden.

In 1777 the house was the home of Dr Lindsay and his wife Jean. Ten years later their daughters were guides for Robert Burns when he visited Jedburgh, Dr Lindsay’s grandson, Lieutenant – General Robert Lindsay inherited the house in about 1819. He had entered the Russian army and became in time the head of the Saint Petersburg Mint. Robert allowed his aunts to occupy the house until 1869 when Elizabeth Armstrong died.

The house was painted by Arthur Perigal the younger in 1879. The building was given to the town by the Debenhams director F. S. Oliver who was then living in nearby Edgerston in 1928. It was restored under the supervision of the architect John Wilson Paterson of Edinburgh. It was opened to the public in 1930 by Mrs Oliver, In 1971 it became a Category A listed building.

It is a three storey stone-built building with a four storey tower. The roof was originally thatched and it was later covered with tiles.

Mary who was the Queen of the Scots came with her entourage to Jedburgh in 1566 to hold a court. She paid £40 to hire a house. Whilst she was in Jedburgh she heard that James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell lay injured at Hermitage Castle. She took a hazardous journey to see him and returned ill from the experience. She was said to have later noted that she should have died in Jedburgh, as after that her life became worse. She didn’t die but she was forced to abdicate. She tried to escape to England, but she was imprisoned and, much later, executed. For the last thirty years Queen Mary’s House has told this story.


The building is open to the public and there is no charge. Visitors can tour the inside via a stone spiral staircase. In each of the rooms are artefacts and boards explaining the history of the building and the background to Queen Mary’s life and eventual execution. The extensive grounds include pear trees that were planted in the 21st century. The trees are of the variety that were grown in the area when the farming of pears was a major occupation in the town.


Photographs taken on 5th July 2019 on visit to the house.

Irene Higgenbotham.



An update on Lady Kitty’s Garden with Blooming Haddington – July 2019

News Posted on Thu, July 04, 2019 08:56:56


Tonight the volunteers planted five different varieties of lavender in Lady Kitty’s Garden, all of which we got at Mac Plants. They should fill out nicely in the coming months. As usual, Rab went round afterwards to water them all in.

With many thanks to Blooming Haddington for their Photographs and all hard work.

Irene Higgenbotham 4th July 2019



The last Auld Alliance Iris @ Lady Kitty’s Garden. 19th June 2019

News Posted on Wed, June 19, 2019 14:05:28

Photograph – Irene Higgenbotham. 19th June 2019



Ayme visits Haddington Badminton Club

News Posted on Tue, June 11, 2019 08:55:21

This photo was taken last week at the Aubigny badminton club. We enjoyed welcoming Aymé this month as a guest, and we took this picture with some of the club members present on the day.

Photo – Gilles Charbonnier – Chair , Haddington Twinning. 10th June 2019.



Blooming Haddington give Lady Kitty’s Garden some T.L.C.

News Posted on Mon, June 10, 2019 16:50:49

Blooming Haddington Give Lady Kitty’s Garden some TLC.

Members of Blooming Haddington gave Lady Kitty’s Garden some TLC on Sunday morning to the sound of the magnificent bells at St Mary’s Church. Spreading plants were cut back, weeds were weeded out and the beautiful Auld Alliance Irises in bloom were given extra support with strategically placed canes. The garden is looking spectacular again and well worth a visit. A job well done !

Louise, Alan & Rab work their horticultural magic @ Lady Kitty’s.

A neat & tidy Lady Kitty’s Garden.

Aubigny Auld Alliance in full bloom in the Scottish sunshine.

Photographs – Elaine Wilson – 8th June 2019



Ayme Visits Thirlestane Castle for Classic Autobile Show.

News Posted on Mon, June 10, 2019 16:39:07

Aymé Visits Thirlestane Castle for Classic Automobile Show.

Aymé this year’s scholarship student visited Thirlestane Castle last Sunday to attend the annual Borders Vintage Automobile Club’s Festival of Motoring. Accompanied by Douglas, Andrew and Elaine Aymé saw an array of different cars, motorcycles and other motor vehicles from every era. He did say however that he had his eye on a top of the range Lamborghini- sadly it was way out of everyone’s price range!


Ayme, Douglas & Andrew in the Italian job!


Ayme & Elaine admire class motorcycles.

Some of the Cars on show.

Photographs – Elaine & Andrew Wilson. 7th June 2019



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