These are the standing stones at Belwade Horse Farm which is a charity for neglected, abused, and/or unwanted horses. It’s near Aboyne which is about an hour south-west of Aberdeen, in the Cairngorms. We visited the place today with some friends.

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I’m fascinated by these stone circles which are all over Scotland. This particular one is a megalithic stone circle which was supposedly built for astronomical purposes. It marks the dates of important Celtic festivals like the winter and summer solstice, acting like a calendar and predating Google’s calendar by thousands of years. These are not the original stones though. This particular one was re-built in 2013 by stones donated from the Invercauld Estate. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t travel through time when I put my hands on one of them.

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The horse farm is really lovely and is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. The view from the cafe is magnificent and you can groom a pony and learn a lot about horses at the same time.

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We didn’t get to see their Clydesdale, Digger, but there was a life-size portrait of him and I got a pic alongside it so you can see how big he is.

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Yesterday we cycled to Newton Dee with some old friends from York and spent some time frolicking in the playground there. It was wonderful.

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For dinner we went to Slains Castle, which is a converted church -> pub in central Aberdeen. The kids quite like it because it has a Dracula-inspired interior design but last night was particularly good because they got a free pool lesson from some very nice young fellows who were having a game near our table. Elizabeth wanted to arrange to meet them there again next Saturday but we talked her out of it. I can’t imagine they’d want to spend their Saturday evenings teaching kids to play pool.

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What a great weekend.

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