Christmas Fayres

Christmas Fayre time is here!  As it is fast approaching that time of year again, I was having a look to see when our local Christmas Fayres were taking place.  Pitmedden School Fayre is on Friday 23rd November between 6.00-8.00pm.  There will be lots of lovely stalls, Christmas raffles, tombola, face painting and photo booth to name a few things!

Udny Green Primary School Fayre will also be hosting their Christmas Fayre too and will be taking place this Friday from 6.30-8.30pm.  Again, there will be lots of lovely stalls, Christmas raffles, home bakes and Santa’s Groto.

These are great events to head along to, not only to get some lovely Christmas presents but to also support the local schools.  Why not head along and start off your shopping, if you have not already done so!

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The Colours of Autumn

A few weekends ago we spent a night in Pitlochry and had a walk around Faskally Loch on the Saturday and it was just beautiful!  The loch was so still and the leaves were all starting to change to their wonderful golden colours.  The sun was shining and there were hardly any clouds in the sky.

I do love this time of year with all the changing colours.  There is nothing better than getting on the walking boots and going out for a nice long walk and admiring the beauty round about.  We are so lucky to have so many wonderful places to visit and it is always great to come back on a cold day to the warmth of our wood burning stove!

Enjoy those wonderful autumn colours.

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Apple Sunday at Pitmedden Garden

Next Sunday is Apple Sunday at Pitmedden Garden.  This is such a fantastic day out and a great chance for you to buy some of their amazing apples and pears, as well as other local produce.  The day starts at 11.30am and runs until 4.00pm.  Normal NTS admission prices apply.

This is an annual event at Pitmedden Garden and one for all the family.  There will be entertainment and live music as well as mini-walks in the Walled Garden for the kids,  These are being hosted by the NTS Rangers.  As well as all that, there will also be vintage tractors, giant lawn games and other entertainment too.

If you are free and in the area and fancy listening to some music or even sampling some of the delicious home baking, why not head along, have some fun and get a bag of some delicious apples and pears!  Check out the NTS Website for usual entry fees and for more information.

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National Parks Week

Last week was National Parks Week and this is a picture which was taken while walking off the Cairngorm Plateau.  My son (David Simpson Photography) captured this shot when he was out walking with my grand-daughters.  The Cairngorms is one of the parks that is listed on the National Park list and is our closest one.

Based in the heart of the Highlands, Cairngorms National Park is the largest National Park in the UK.  There is so much to do from watching the amazing wildlife, walking, cycling, visiting one of the many distilleries and castles or just taking in the wonderful views!

For those that love being out in the great outdoors or simply just want to have a stroll and take in the views then make sure you plan a visit and see this truly beautiful park!

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Green Flag Awards

Did you know that Duthie Park, Hazlehead Park, Aden Country Park, Haddo Country Park, Seaton Park and Johnson Gardens were all winners of the Green Flag Awards 2017! And what is great about that is that one of the winners is only 5 miles away from us!

We regularly visit Haddo House and we also visited many of the wonderful parks and gardens in and around Aberdeen last year so you can catch up with our visits if you missed this on previous blogs.

These parks have all met high standards and so many volunteers and staff work hard to keep the parks and open spaces up to the high standards required to achieve this award.

So why not get out and enjoy a park near you and help celebrate this, especially when the sun is shining!

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Aberdeen Beach

With all the amazing weather that we have been getting this week, I thought that a beach picture this week would be perfect for the blog!  This is Aberdeen Beach in the sunshine!  And not a cloud in the sky…..  It is 20 degrees just now and  the forecast for the next few days is still sunshine.

The beach received the Resort Seaside Award in 2013 and is great for a walk along its curved length.  There is plenty of parking at the beach and if you park down at the River Don, you can walk all the way round and head up towards the restaurants and cafes and get a nice hot, or cold drink maybe to cool down!

Enjoy this fantastic weather and make the most of visiting the many wonderful beaches we have on our doorstep.

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Something for the weekend?

If you are looking for something to do at the weekend then why not go on a walking tour of the City.  This Saturday, Scot Free Tours will be holding a walking tour around Aberdeen City Centre.  This is a fantastic way to see the sights and also learn more about the history of Aberdeen.  The tour starts at Mercat Cross in the Castlegate and takes place between 11.00 – 12.30pm.  The tour is free but donations are welcome as the tours are funded this way.

If you want to make a day out then there is another tour on at 1.00pm so just enough time to grab a quick bite to eat!  The Nuart Aberdeen Walking Tour is also on this Saturday and this leaves from The Green.  These are also free and are suitable for all ages.  A great way to take in all the amazing and wonderful street art and murals that are being showcased around the city.

Why not get out and explore the City, learn about its past and admire the wonderful sights and art work!

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