Winter Wonderland!

This week saw the arrival of the snow!  And we certainly had quite a fall!  This was just taken last night when I went out to clear some of it from the driveway.  It is great to be able to admire it from the comfort of inside – nothing better than sitting in front of the log burning stove with a nice hot drink and a book!

I don’t think we are due to get any further snowfalls in Pitmedden – the sun is now shining so hopefully that will continue!  No matter the weather, our resident robin is still busy in the Bothy garden and always likes to come out to see what I am doing!

If you have snow then stay safe and hopefully the sun will be shining where you are.

 

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Christmas Festivities!

Towards the end of last week the weather forecast was for snow and it arrived!  Not as much as what we had nearly 7 years ago – that will take quite a bit to top that record!  On looking back at some of the pictures, we certainly had a lot of snow!  This is a picture back then and I remember watching this blue tit hunting for some nuts underneath the snow.

As we head towards the festive season, I like to keep a wee eye out on what is taking place throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.  There is the Christmas Village which has already started and another thing to see if you can spot around the city is the 12 totem pole sculptures.  They represent The Twelve Days of Christmas and are located across the city.  These have been created by chainsaw wood carver Gary Shand and finding them is great fun for all the family!

Haddo House also have carol singers in the Stables Courtyard on the 17th December.  Why not head along and listen while enjoying a mince pie and browsing in the shop.

Lots going on for everyone to enjoy!

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Wonderful Beaches!

This is Balmedie Beach, which is our nearest beach and one of my favourites!  Only just over 9 miles away, it is a beautiful beach to go for a wander along.  And nothing better than getting wrapped up on a day like today and heading out for a walk!  Living on the East Coast means that we get to enjoy many of the wonderful beaches that Scotland has to offer.  Aberdeenshire has over 200km of unspoilt coastline and this is just one of the beaches on this coast.  You will have seen several pictures on my blog from here – it certainly is a super beach!

We are so lucky to be close to many wonderful beaches in the North East of Scotland.  Balmedie is rated as number 1 on Trip Advisor!

No matter what the weather, nothing quite beats a walk along the beach.  And nothing more welcoming that coming home to a nice hot drink beside the log burning fire!

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Local Craft Fairs & Aberdeen Christmas Village

This weekend sees the return of the Christmas Village in Aberdeen.  Starting tomorrow and running right through until the 31st December 2017 there is plenty of time for you to head along and soak up the festivities!  Why not have a go on the ice rink, take in some rides and enjoy some traditional refreshments after doing a spot of shopping!

For those looking to get some shopping done, there are a few fantastic local craft fairs taking place over the next few weekends.  This Saturday, Whiterashes Craft Fair will be taking place between 11 and 3.00pm in Whiterashes Community Hall.  Udny Green Primary School will be hosting theirs tomorrow between 6.30 and 8.30pm and Frost Fair, which takes place in Udny Green Hall will be taking place on Saturday 2nd December between 11-5.00pm.

So why not pop along – it is a great chance to pick up some beautiful gifts!

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Seaton Park

This week, we are visiting Seaton Park for our blog.  Covering a total of 26 acres and based just north of the city, it is a super park to visit!  We took a stroll through the same day that we visited St Machar’s Cathedral – it was a wet day but that didn’t stop us taking an umbrella and going to explore!  Located just behind the Cathedral on the banks of the River Don, there is lots to see from the walled garden, the wetland area and lots of open green spaces to walk the dog or just admire the view.

The Cathedral Walk is always so beautiful and is rated very highly by both Keep Scotland Beautiful and Britain in Bloom.  Walk along the path and up towards the Cathedral and when you reach the top, you get a fantastic view looking down to the garden.

For those that like a walk along the river then this is a great place to do this and see what array of wildlife you can spot.  The park is a host to many different animals and if you are lucky, you may even spot an otter or a roe deer.

Seaton Park is certainly a park to visit – there is plenty for everyone whether it is a walk along the River Don, a stroll around the Walled Garden or just a chance to admire the beauty.

 

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Cathedral Church of St Machar

This week for the blog we are at the beautiful St Machar’s Cathedral Church in Old Aberdeen.  A must for anyone who is visiting Aberdeen!  The Cathedral is named in the honour of St Machar, who was a disciple of St Columba.  Legend has it that St Machar was told to establish a church where the river bent into the shape of a Bishop’s crosier before flowing into the sea.  The River Don bends like this just about where the Cathedral is situated and the establishment of this church dates back as far as 580AD.

In the 1130’s, the Church became a Cathedral and by 1165, a Norman Cathedral stood where the church once was.  Throughout the 13th Century, the Cathedral underwent extensive renovation.  Construction continued until 1530 when it was completed.  However, in 1560, the Cathedral lost its status as a Cathedral yet later when the conflict with Charles I escalated, it recovered its cathedral status.  And only is a Cathedral by name.

This is simply a stunning building – it was a wet day when we visited so we spent most of our time inside.  Full of history and with such wonderful stained glass windows and detail on the ceiling, it is certainly worthy of a visit!

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The Re-Thinker

When we visited Hazlehead Park, we came across this sculpture made completely out of reclaimed steel.  About half a tonne of steel has gone into making The Re-Thinker and it is such a fascinating piece of artwork! There have been many different items which have been cleverly used to create this including a digger bucket, pipes, spoons, springs, nuts and bolts.

The inspiration for this came from Rodin’s classic sculpture The Thinker.  It is the first time that it has been reproduced using waste materials.

Why not pop along to see The Re-Thinker and see how many different pieces of metal that you can spot!

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