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DENHOLM AND MINTO: The SWRI meeting in Denholm on February 12 saw the ladies treated to a tale of adventure that many would love to have: pony trekking in Patagonia. Augusta Greenlees flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, then to Santiago, Chile, in September 2004 to join a group of eight trekking for nine days with gauchos and their semi-wild horses.

The scenery was magnificent – mountains and glaciers, flowery meadows and lakes, bogs and flowing rivers. Wading through a deep bog on a horse (scary), crossing rivers with feet up on the wooden saddle, a broken rein on an unfamiliar horse at full gallop, all part of the adventure. Primitive dormitories but the great welcome and hospitality made up for it all. Vote of thanks by Mary Beck.

Competitions: Best hyacinths – 1, Merle Oddy; 2, Dee Baxter. Horse picture – 1, Dee Baxter; 2, Sheena Graham; 3, Jo Hanson; 4, Win Nichol.

ROBERTON: SWRI president Alison Riddell welcomed members to the February meeting and announced that the demonstrator was unable to come due to being in hospital. Following the business, there were some lively and competitive games of bettle, a few of which looked more like aliens. The rural would like to wish Roberta a speedy recovery.

Competition for lentil soup – 1, Jean Riddell; 2, Sandra Knox, who also wone the beetle drive. Raffle – Frances Munro. 200 Club (February) – 1, I. Young; 2, Richard Onslow; 3, W. Anderson.

Next meeting on March 12 will feature a talk on Bowhill and the Buccleuch family by Helen Currie. Competition: bookmark. Sales table.