On Wednesday 21st October 2009, nine brethren from the lodge and two visiting brethren departed bonnie Scotland for a two day adventure to Germany. After many months of planning, we set off from Edinburgh airport to arrive in Dusseldorf (Weeze) airport some ninety minutes later. The trip had been co-ordinated along with a brother from Lodge St John Crofthead, Fauldhouse Bro Jim Andrew, who was now working in Bochum and a member of Lodge Zu den drei Rosenknospen No 149. The airport was some 100Km from the hotel but after a swift jont down the autoban we reached the hotel in just under seventy minutes.
We were then treated to a meal at a local Italian restaurant which had agreed to stay open for us (11.30pm). After several bowls of pasta, pizza and lamb chops , washed down with several glasses of local beer (Fiege), we eventually left for bed appx 2.30am
On the Thursday, we were treated with a trip to the local Fiege brewery. After seeing the process (in reverse), washed down with numerous free samples we were then treated to more beer and the traditional German sausage.
Thursday night was meeting night. It was fascinating to see the numerous differences and we were treated by the brethren of the lodge to their first ever degree in English.
After many hours practising, WSW Bro Ronnie Gemmill PM then thanked the lodge in German.
We were then treated to a fantastic harmony board and served a very traditional german dish of cabbage, sausage and potatoes. Bro Ronnie Gemmill then presented the lodge with a silver Quaiche and a bottle of Johnny Walker Swing. Several hours of lodge hospitality followed and the brethren of 1186 finally locked up the lodge at 5.30am.
Friday was another busy day. Three hours sleep and the heavy heads were up for breakfast. Today we were treated to a visit to the local Mine museum. After being lowered down into the mine shafts we were shown mining through the years underground. A fascinating insite, and we had our own expert with us as well, Bro Dick Ralston PM. From the bottom of the pit to the top of the wheel,where we could see over Bochum. Thankfully the weather was very kind to us. Finally one last stop off for lunch where again the food was washed down by a good german brew.
It was then time to jump back on the plane and head home.
A Very Big thank you to the Brethren of Lodge Zu den drei Rosenknospen No149 for their warmth and hospitality........we will be back


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