Keeper’s Day at the historic Kames Estate, near Leitholm in the Scottish Borders is always a day to remember and this year was no exception. Kames House dates back to the 17th Century and is currently owned by Dermot Jenkinson, a well known entrepreneur and keen sportsman. The shoot is managed by Head Keeper Paul Clayworth who was previously at Garvald and at Balavil. Together with farm manager Ian. Dermot and Paul have created fantastic shoot that combines great hospitality with beautifully presented pheasants and partridge.
For the 2014 Keeper’s Day Paul had the bright idea that we should all wear kilts and fines would be imposed for those not wearing one! It seemed like a good idea at the time but as the day grew nearer many were muttering about just paying the fine. However, come the 1st of February, many braved the icy chill and turned up in an assortment of styles, many with novelty boxer shorts to match! We were soon warmed up though by Sonia’s venison sausages before posing for our “Carry on up the Kames” photo.
Off to the first drive where the birds flew exceptionally well, not at all scared by the sight of the billowing kilts and strange headwear. Some of the standing guns brought down some great birds, including one gun who had bought the day in a SGA charity auction. Despite the kilts. he’s going to bid again next year! The birds flew well in all the drives with everyone getting amongst the action and Dermot clearing up as back gun.
A great day’s shooting was had by all and the final bag was 164 with lots of smiling faces all round.
However the day was far from over and we returned to the fantastic bothy for a lovely meal and just a few drinks! The ceilidh band arrived at 7.00 and soon lots were up dancing (or trying to!) We were also treated to a guest appearance from the late Freddy Mercury (AKA Goose in his size 13 stilettos!) re-enacting the famous Queen video. All in all a day and a night to remember!
A big thanks from everyone to Dermot, Paul, Sonia and the whole team