A walk on the beach!

Who loves a walk along a beautiful beach?  We are so lucky to have so many wonderful beaches in the North East Of Scotland and these pictures are a few of my favourites!  Balmedie Beach is our closest one to the Bothy with only a 15-20 minute drive from us.  It has wonderful dunes and a lovely long sandy beach. We regularly take a drive out and head for a walk along the beach.

Occasionally on the way home from Aberdeen, we like to stop and have a wander along Aberdeen Beach.  There is lots of parking here and the lovely golden sandy beach curves right round between the harbour and the mouth of the River Don.

And the final picture was taken at Inverboyndie Beach in Banff.  This beach is just on the outskirts of town and Banff is about a 30 mile drive from us.

No matter whether it is just heading to the beach for some fresh air and a brisk walk, taking the dog for a walk or just enjoying a wander there, we have some lovely beaches to enjoy and explore.

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Is Spring in the air?

The crocuses and snowdrops are now out and it is great to see a splash of colour in the garden.  I always feel like spring time is just around the corner when we they flower and just this week we had temperatures up to 10 degrees so it was just lovely!

The nights are certainly drawing out and we look forward to getting back out into the garden.  Whether that is tidying up the garden or just to simply sit and listen to the birds singing!  Hopefully we will manage to enjoy some of the weather over the next few days and into the weekend!

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Aberdeen Restaurant Week 2020

This week sees the return of Aberdeen Restaurant Week and there is still time to sample what is on offer before it ends this Sunday.  With so many fantastic places to choose from, this is a great opportunity to try some new restaurants.   If it is a lunch that you fancy then you can enjoy a two course lunch for £10.00 per person and for dinner, a three course meal will cost £20.00 per person.  There are other options including tasting menus and afternoon teas as well as cookery classes and Food Tours this year too.

For more information about which restaurants are taking part, head over to the Aberdeen Restaurant Website – www.aberdeenrestaurantweek.com and plan where you would like to visit before the weekend!

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David Welch Winter Gardens

If heading outdoors is not something that you want to do in the windy and wet weather that we have been experiencing lately then why not do something indoors!  There is so much to do in and around Aberdeen and one of the places we like to visit is the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park.  This picture was taken in the Cacti Greenhouse.  This is one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens and is definitely worth a visit.  I couldn’t believe how tall some of the cacti were in the greenhouse!

Named after one of the most influential Directors of Parks, the Winter Gardens were named after David Welch.  Many of the flowers here are exotic, including cacti and banana plants and it is a wonderful place to go and admire the wonderful flowers and colours in the warmth of the greenhouses.  There is a scented corridor, a Japanese Garden and a Tropical House and not forgetting the Cacti Greenhouse!

And to finish off why not enjoy a hot drink and bite to eat in the cafe.

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Watching for Squirrels!

This weekend we were up in Aviemore for a few days.  It has been a few years since we have been and there was no snow unlike previous times when we have visited at this time of year.  There was however some snow up on the hills and we ventured up the Cairngorm Mountain for a wee wander and look around yesterday afternoon.  We stopped at Loch Morlich on the way up to take in the views and capture some pictures.

We didn’t spot any reindeer this time on our visit but we did manage to spot some beautiful little red squirrels back at the lodge!  This little character was running around outside for quite a wee while before I managed to finally capture him scurrying away up the tree!  They are so fast!

No chance of building snowmen this time but great to be able to enjoy a lovely walk and watch the wildlife in action!

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SPECTRA – Aberdeen’s Festival of Light

This amazing festival is back next month from Thursday 13 February to

See this amazing spectacle of light each night from 6.30-10.00pm over the 4 days of the festival across Marischal College Quad, Broad Street, Upper Kirkgate, Schoolhill, St Nicholas Kirkyard, The Kirk of St Nicholas, Robert Gordon College Quad and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

To find out information about the artisits and any further information then visit the SPECTRA Website.  Get your camera at the ready!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our guests, readers and followers.  I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and welcome to my first blog of 2020!  It is hard to believe that we are into January already!  Just yesterday I was noticing that it was ever so slightly lighter for longer during the day than it normally is – I like to believe that spring time is slowly approaching!!

We have been dog sitting recently  so it has been just lovely to get out for some lovely long walks and enjoy the beautiful area that we live in.  Holly absolutely loves a trip to the beach and loves nothing more than chasing after a ball or having a swim in the sea!  There are so many great places which are just on our doorstep so it is nice to have the chance to get out and enjoy them!  We had some lovely walks at Haddo House over the holidays – Haddo is just over 5 miles from us so not far to travel at all!  We also had a lovely walk from Foveran to Hackley Bay recently too.

If you are thinking about your next holiday or even a few nights away then check out our availability and start planning this today!  We look forward to welcoming you back and also to welcoming new guests in 2020!

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Merry Christmas Wishes!

We would just like to wish all our guests and followers a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year! Thank you so much as always for your continued support throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2020.  I always love looking at this picture from 2010 when we had so much snow that we could not clear the drive fast enough!

With very best wishes for the festive season.

Jim & Martha

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Aberdeen Christmas Village

This weekend we are planning on heading to the Christmas Village for some festive cheer!  The Village is back again this year at Broad Street and will be on until the end of the month.  There is lots of things to do for all the family including an open air ice rink for those who like ice skating, fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto and this year, there is a Friends of ANCHOR Silent Disco Adventure!  Looking forward to browsing some of the stalls in the Quad market in Marischal College.

There is also the Twelve Days of Christmas Wooden Sculpture trail which is back again this year.  Find the 12 totem poles which have been created by local chainsaw wood carver Gary Shand.  A great activity for all the family to get involved in.

For more information about what is on and when, check out the Aberdeen City Brochure below which is full of information.



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Aberdeen Christmas Tree Switch on

If you are around Aberdeen later on tonight then why not head along to the Castlegate to see the Christmas Tree Switch on at 7.00pm.  The tree has been kindly donated from Aberdeens twin town Stavanger in Norway.  There will be a short carol service with civic guests from Aberdeen and Norway which will take place before the lights are switched on.  There will also be entertainment from Tutti Voices (Aberdeen Performing Arts), who are part of the APA Creative Learning Programme, and Gospelkoret Abraham a choir group from Stavanger.

And today also sees the opening of the Christmas Village.  Open now until the 31st December, there is certainly plenty of time to head along and visit this.

So why not head along and see the lights being switched on the tree tonight ahead of the Christmas Light switch on which is scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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