Exclusively Highlands

Last Sunday we went to the Exclusively Highlands art, craft, and food fair at Kincardine Castle. This market travels around Scotland and sells exclusively locally made goods which is why I like it so much. There's stuff there you can't buy anywhere else and I always like looking at things people have made themselves. Kincardine… Continue reading Exclusively Highlands

High tea at the Fife Arms

We did something special for Elizabeth today to commemorate her finishing primary school and starting high school. She somehow missed both the beginning and the end of primary school and I know she was upset about missing the end. When we first moved to the UK in October 2014, year 1 primary school had begun… Continue reading High tea at the Fife Arms

Aberdeen Art Gallery and the BP Portrait Award

I took the opportunity to visit the Aberdeen Art Gallery today. I still haven't been since it reopened to the public late last year after 4 years of redevelopment and £34.6 million. It will shut tomorrow afternoon for Christmas and then remain closed for as long as we remain in Tier 4, so I thought… Continue reading Aberdeen Art Gallery and the BP Portrait Award

Ventilation shaft on Justice Mill Lane

On Justice Mill Lane in Aberdeen is this lovely pole. I've always admired it and wondered what it was. Ben recently borrowed a book about Aberdeen from the local library and it gets a mention in that. It was built in 1905 as a ventilation shaft for underground tunnels containing electricity cabling. The ventilation helped… Continue reading Ventilation shaft on Justice Mill Lane

A night to remember at the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

This is going to be a long post with lots of photos so apologies in advance. We've just had a magnificent weekend in Braemar staying at the luxurious Fife Arms hotel. It's quite a contrast to our recent glamping adventures and definitely opulent but worth every penny. I've been longing to spend a night at… Continue reading A night to remember at the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Snow, castles, and a squirrel mug

Snow or castle? That was the question we asked ourselves yesterday when deciding what to do today. Fortuitously, we got both at Castle Fraser. The snow we had this week hasn't completely melted at Castle Fraser and we got a taste of it on our walk around the estate. Here's the family portrait. And the… Continue reading Snow, castles, and a squirrel mug

Cross-stitch porn

A Brisbane artist has merged pornography with cross-stitch in a way that has improved both things considerably more than if they were separate. The cross-stitch lends an air of respectability to the pornography while the pornography offsets the fuddy-duddy image of cross stitch. The artist's name is Leah Emery and she explains how she got started in cross-stitch porn… Continue reading Cross-stitch porn