Ballater in the snow

It snowed this morning in Ballater. I was ecstatic. An Australian in the snow is a bit like a puppy with a smelly leather shoe to chew.

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Ben was less excited about it.

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This is the Royal Station in Ballater, a magnificent building:

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The River Dee, which is lovely in all kinds of weather, was particularly beautiful on a snowy day:

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We went to the local golf course with a toboggan and slid down some of the hills. I’ve never had so much fun on a golf course in all my life. Golf courses are lovely places anyway but in the snow, this one was magic.

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I looked up the family name of my paternal grandmother who came from a Scottish family. Her maiden name was MacKay and apparently the MacKay clan was a courageous and once powerful ancient Scottish clan that fought under Robert the Bruce in the wars for Scottish independence. They were anti-Jacobite and apparently a bit war-like. The clan motto was manu forti which means with a strong hand. They occupied the highlands of Scotland, I think mostly the very north and west but also for a time in this region where I am now. Perhaps this is why I feel very much at home here.

17 Replies to “Ballater in the snow”

  1. The ecstasy is clearly visible in the picture! 😀 Lovely pictures. I never experienced snow so far!

    1. Thank you! I’ve only seen snow a handful of times so it’s still a novelty for me and probably always will be.

  2. Happy you got your snow 🙂 And thank you for all the lovely wintry photos 🙂
    You could be right about your roots – who knows what the genes carry down through the generations! Och Aye the Noo! 🙂

    1. Thanks, SciFi. I was pretty pleased to have some snow just outside our front door and it’s not going to melt anytime soon as it’s so cold here.

  3. Where is Ben from? I am guessing somewhere that sees more snow than Australia?
    It’s nice that you have a feeling of coming home!

    1. Ben’s from Dunedin in New Zealand which is at the bottom of the south island and so he saw a fair bit of snow growing up.

  4. looks terrific – admiring everyone’s wintery pictures today as snow to the north of us, snow to the south but nowt but a balmy breeze to barely sway the palm trees here…

      1. Bummer. Although it still looks pretty on the hills, even when it’s not on the ground around the house.

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