Beach Walks

What a lovely spell of weather we have had over the last few days – great to have been able to get out and enjoy the milder temperatures and the sunshine!  Hard to believe that it is still February!

Aberdeen Beach is a great option, especially on the way home when it is getting lighter at night.  There is plenty of parking at the beach – you can either park down towards the River Don and walk back up towards the restaurants and cafes or you can start at Footdee (Fittie), which is the old fishing village at the east end of the harbour and make your way back down to the River Don end.  If the tide is in when you visit then you can walk along the promenade instead of on the beach.  It is a popular spot for bikes, joggers and dog walkers.

I always like to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and nothing beats a walk along a beach somewhere!

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Crocuses in the garden

Our snowdrops and crocuses are out in the garden and it is so nice to see their lovely vibrant colours! With temperatures the last few days up at 12 degrees, it certainly feels like we are moving towards Spring time!  The birds are singing and looking at the forecast for the next week, it looks like our warmer weather is here for a little while longer!  And it is still only February!

 

As the days continue to stay lighter for longer, it will soon be time to get back out into the garden.  I love pottering about outside and listening to all the birds – hopefully we will manage to do a spot over the next week and take advantage of the warmer temperatures!

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Stonehaven War Memorial

The sun is shining and I am planning on getting out for a walk this afternoon to enjoy the great outdoors and the lovely sunshine!  Not sure yet where I will head today – we are so lucky to have so many wonderful walks and beaches near to us so I do not need to venture too far away!

One of the days when we did venture down the coast was on a trip to Stonehaven.  I love taking a drive down here and this picture is of the War Memorial, which sits on the top of the hill and is just on the outskirts of the town when you head south.

The day we visited, it was a day like today.  The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the views out towards the sea and down to the harbour were fantastic!  We walked up to the top via the path having left our car in the layby on the coastal road.

The memorial stands on the top of Black Hill and was designed by a local architect named John Ellis.  It was built in 1923, making it one of the later memorials to be built.  Octagonal in shape and almost looking like a ruin, it was built like this for a reason as it signified the ruined lives caused by the conflict.

So, if you are planning on getting out this afternoon, have a great afternoon.  I am looking forward to getting out and enjoying the wonderful country that we live in!

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Aberdeen Restaurant Week

Aberdeen Restaurant Week is returning next week and over 40 restaurants have signed up to take part in it this year!  Running from the 4th – 10th February, there is plenty time to sample what is on offer!  If it is lunch 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.  Other options, including afternoon tea, drink pairing menus and tasting menus are priced separately.

For more information about which restaurants are taking part, head over to the Aberdeen Restaurant Website – www.aberdeenrestaurantweek.com and plan your day, or days out now!

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Happy New Year!

A very warm welcome to the first blog of 2019 and a Happy New Year to all our guests, readers and followers.  Hope that you had a lovely time over the festive period and are looking forward to 2019 and all that it will bring.

Already into the second week in January and I can see a difference in the days – they are staying lighter for slightly longer in the evenings now.  It has been great to be able to get out for the occasional walk over the festive period – we are so lucky to have so many wonderful beaches and walks all within a short distance from the Bothy.  No matter the weather, there is something nice about getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.  We always like to enjoy a hot drink afterwards, whether that is in our campervan or in front of the wood burning stove at this time of year.

It’s that time of year when we also start to get enquiries for spring and summer from those looking ahead to better weather, and summer holidays.  We look forward to welcoming you back, and also welcoming new visitors who will hopefully get to enjoy all that this great area offers.

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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2019!

We would just like to wish all our guests and followers a wonderful Christmas and very best wishes for 2019!

Thank you so much as always for your continued support throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.

With best wishes for the festive season.

Jim & Martha

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Christmas Festivities!

With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, there is still lots of great events taking place throughout the city for you to enjoy the festivities!  The Christmas Village which is located in Broad Street is on until the 31st December.  Pop into Marischal College to enjoy a bite to eat and purchase some presents – open from Thursday this week until Sunday.

Another great thing to try and 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!

You will maybe have noticed the Crafters Roadshow which is located in Union Square – head over to check out the wonderful local talent that is being showcased and finish your Christmas Shopping.

And for those that love a trip to the Panto – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is on at His Majesty’s Theatre until the 6th January.

There is lots going on for everyone to enjoy!

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