Monday, 28 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
The day started pretty early....
By the end of the day, we managed to put most of the furniture and various bits and bobs in their place, where they will remain until I need to redecorate or relocate to another destination, whichever comes first!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
The ruins of the castle are spread over 3 acres, surrounded with steep cliffs that drop to the North Sea.
The site is believed to have been an early fortress of the Dark Ages, although the surviving buildings are largely 15th - 16th centuries.
One of the two entrance to the castle....
A well-defended main gate set in the cleft in the rock.
In 1651 during the Britain's Civil War, the Honours of Scotland - sword, sceptre and crown -
were smuggled out of Edinburgh and hidden in Dunnottar, as Cromwell was intent on destroying every symbol of kingship.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
I'm given the task of filling in the census questionnaires for the family....
For dinner, I decided to try out the vegetarian haggis I bought from a nearby delicatessen.
The haggis combines a mixture of pulses, finely chopped vegetables, nuts and spices blended together to form a modern twist on the traditional dish.
Best served with some mashed neeps.
Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat
And sae the Lord be thankit.
Monday, 21 March 2011
At the start of spring—the spring equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.
The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Drum Castle is a castle near Drumoak in Royal Deeside.
The place-name Drum is derived from Gaelic druim, 'ridge'. It was owned by the Irvine family of Drum since the 14th century. Today, the castle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
It is very special building because it combines a medieval keep, a Jacobean mansion house and a later Victorian extension. The keep is one of the three oldest tower houses in Scotland, probably dating from 1290.
The south, the newer Jacobean mansion added in the early 1600s. Its elegant facade overlooks the south lawn which hosted many a wedding receptions.
The 18th and 19th century brought this Victorian archway...
To the east of the castle is the defensive medieval tower; some parts dating back to the 13th century.
MrD hurts his back again....
The chiropractor advised him to do more exercises to strengthen his back muscle. He even suggested badminton... I guessed being from Malaysia, more often than not, people would associate us with this game.
Would be fun watching him play the game... even funnier watching me play, methinks!
One of the things we love to do when the weather is beautiful is to go exploring the various paths in the wooded area.
Aberdeenshire is blessed with some of the most beautiful walking trails, especially along the Royal Deeside.
The beautiful 20 acres woodland area of Old Wood of Drum and its ancient oak woodland is one of them.
This area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.