D&D, cargo bike, summer, and gardens

The kids played Dungeons & Dragons at Geek Retreat in Aberdeen yesterday. This was their second time playing and they love it. They went with friends this time which would have made it even better. On Saturday afternoons you can book in for a beginner's session and learn how to play. Their first game was… Continue reading D&D, cargo bike, summer, and gardens

Henry, Humphrey and Hubert

We released three more hedgehogs into our backyard yesterday. We had four homes, all vacant, and Horace and Hortensia have integrated into the wider neighbourhood so we adopted Henry, Humphrey, and Hubert. These boys are a bit smaller and younger so they didn't roam as much and hung round our backyard more than the original… Continue reading Henry, Humphrey and Hubert

Gardens as habitat for wildlife

There's still no sign of the elusive hedgehogs. I have no idea whether they're still in our garden or not. Hedgehogs can travel up to 2 miles in one night so probably they're not but I hope they visit us from time-to-time. I continue to put food out for them along with the wildlife camera… Continue reading Gardens as habitat for wildlife

Pitmedden Gardens

Last Monday was a bank holiday here and we took the opportunity to visit Pitmedden Gardens. Despite being only 14 miles north of Aberdeen, we've never seen them before. We visited the café once on a trip to Tolquhon Castle but have never stopped to look at the gardens. Pitmedden Gardens is a recreation of… Continue reading Pitmedden Gardens

Kildrummy Castle

There are so many castles in Aberdeenshire and I'm still discovering ones we've never seen, like Kildrummy Castle, which is where we went today. It's a ruin but in its hey-day it was known as the "noblest of northern castles". I'm not exactly sure what is meant by that but one thing is certain, Kildrummy… Continue reading Kildrummy Castle

Power dressing, old friends, Drum Castle, and new toilets

I have a new look. Just call me Bond, James Bond. I even have my own trusty Aston Martin, a.k.a. Busby. Daniel is very lucky to have a friend from New Zealand visiting him right now. They haven't seen each other in almost three years and a lot changes in that time when you're a… Continue reading Power dressing, old friends, Drum Castle, and new toilets

We’ve got an allotment!

About a year ago I applied for an allotment and just this week got the call to say there's one available. Allotments are a very British thing. They have been around for hundreds of years, since Anglo-Saxon times, according to The National Allotment Society. In Victorian times they were handed over to poor people as a… Continue reading We’ve got an allotment!

Gardens and woodland walks at Crathes Castle

Most weekends I find myself craving for some fresh country air and a walk through the woods or up a hill. Today we satisfied my craving with a trip to Crathes Castle and a walk on one of the woodland trails there. I keep telling Ben we need a country house where we can spend… Continue reading Gardens and woodland walks at Crathes Castle

Crathes Castle

My aunt and uncle are visiting this weekend and we so enjoyed our trip to Crathes Castle last weekend that we decided to do it again. Much to my amazement we were told we could take photos inside provided we didn't use the flash. The National Trust never let you take photos and so I've never… Continue reading Crathes Castle

Go Ape at Crathes Castle

We took Susie to Crathes Castle today and I forgot how terrific it is. I love Crathes Castle! The castle is awesome, the gardens are probably the best castle gardens I've seen, the cafe is excellent and has an adjoining children's playground, and Go Ape have a presence there. We have never played at Go… Continue reading Go Ape at Crathes Castle

What’s growing in my garden?

Gardens change dramatically with each season in this part of the world so I thought I'd post some more photos of my garden now that we're well into summer. The last post like this was back in May. Last winter I scattered wildflower seeds in the garden and the annual cornflowers have just started flowering. I've never… Continue reading What’s growing in my garden?

Bathtubs for the garden

I took this photo outside the front entrance to the 25Hours hotel in Vienna. I love that they've got old galvanised bathtubs filled with plants! They've also done a good job with the plants where the mix of colours, textures, and heights is pleasing to look at. Most hotel entrances are sterile places devoid of plant… Continue reading Bathtubs for the garden

My latest obsession

I have a tendency to get a bit obsessed about things like cycling, crochet, playgrounds etc .... but my latest obsession is gardening. I have always loved gardening but right now I have really fallen off the wagon. This is partly because spring has arrived and also because the garden at our new house is worthy of Aberdeen's garden… Continue reading My latest obsession

Castle Fraser

We went to another castle yesterday, Castle Fraser, which is about 16 miles west of Aberdeen. It's a Scottish baronial castle built in the 15th century. Like all of the castles we've visited so far it is surrounded by gardens and woods with lots of lovely walks. There was also a wonderful children's playground which was… Continue reading Castle Fraser

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

We couldn't leave Dunedin before making a trip to Larnach Castle. It's touted as the only castle in New Zealand but whether it really is a castle is probably debatable. It was built by a merchant baron and politician, William Larnach, in 1871. It's on a prominent spot and has battlements and turrets but lots of… Continue reading Larnach Castle, Dunedin