Some years later (1972?) when fbb was in Scotland "a-courting", the lovebirds (!) took a drive from Milngavie to Shandon. Eschewing the main road via Helensburgh, the route was via Loch Lomond-side and Glen Fruin, very much the narrow back road.
"They keep the bombs up here," she replied, casually, "in underground bunkers; the warheads for the missiles to arm the Trident submarines. It's highly secret!"
A drive through Glen Fruin today, courtesy of Google Street View, would suggest that the watch towers are no longer to be seen. Perhaps they have been "airbrushed" out. Perhaps they have been replaced by highly sophisticated satellite spy technology. Perhaps we can't actually afford any live warheads. Perhaps fbb will be arrested for revealing state secrets. Perhaps fbb's future financée was merely re-telling an unsubstantiated local rumour. Who knows. Perhaps it was all a dream ...
Garlochhead Coach Services still run some of the journeys to Shandon,
A future blog will take us on a ride round the Gare Loch and on a ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Gourock. In a strange twist of fate and history, that ferry has a link to (a) a previous blog and (b) an operation very close to fbb's South Coast home.
If you are busting to know more about the history of Shandon School there is a superb article here. Sadly it doesn't mention the "cookie" who was to become Mrs fbb; but it does mention Willie Strang, whom she remembers very well indeed.
Next blog : due Monday July 25th