Tag: snow

  • More skiing and a 16th birthday

    More skiing and a 16th birthday

    It’s Daniel’s 16th birthday tomorrow – I can’t believe how big he is now. He is turning into a wonderful young man. Yesterday he asked if he could vacuum his room. Although he’s the first 16-year-old I’ve had I can’t imagine this is a common request. He’s kind, polite, considerate, has a wonderful sense of […]

  • Skiing at Glenshee

    Skiing at Glenshee

    We were not deterred by our failed attempt to ski yesterday and went back again today with high hopes. Most of the snow disappeared overnight but Glenshee has snow machines so the beginner slopes were open and we got to ski! One advantage of not much snow is it was quieter. I have been there […]

  • Duthie Park in the snow

    Duthie Park in the snow

    Duthie Park was looking quite lovely yesterday. I took these photos on my run.

  • Snow and council deputation

    The first snow of the winter fell last week and there was quite a lot of it. I’ve been keeping the bird feeders topped up as the birds are very hungry right now. All the snow has melted now as it rained this weekend but there’s more forecast for next week and not far inland […]

  • Loch Callater

    Loch Callater

    It’s always nice to find a new walk we haven’t done before and that happened today with a walk up to Loch Callater. The walk starts about 3 miles south of Braemar at Auchallater Farm. There’s a small carpark there which costs £3. It’s about 7 miles to the loch and back from the carpark […]

  • Knock Castle in the snow

    Knock Castle in the snow

    It snowed in Ballater today so we decided Knock Castle in snow was the place to be and we weren’t disappointed. You can’t beat a castle ruin in Scotland in winter snow. I got Ben doing a jumping shot this time. My jumping shot is fab. Look ma, no legs! You can go inside Knock […]

  • Snow and lunch in Braemar

    Snow and lunch in Braemar

    We had a lovely day in Braemar today: lunch followed by a walk in the woods. We finally got some snow and it was mostly sunny all day.

  • Creag Bheag, Kingussie

    Creag Bheag, Kingussie

    We did a hill walk up Creag Bheag today. We were lucky to have views in all directions from the top and it was so calm with not even the whisper of wind at the top. The landscape has been gloriously silvery all day again today and it really felt like we’d stepped into the […]

  • Snow and storm Arwen

    Snow and storm Arwen

    The first snow of the season arrived last Friday. We didn’t get a huge amount in Aberdeen but enough for me to get excited and for it to look Christmassy. I went for a bike ride on Sunday and this was the scene. On Friday night we got hit by Storm Arwen which was fierce […]

  • Snow in April

    Snow in April

    I planted sweet peas outside last month and whenever I plant out sweet peas in March it snows in April. Sure enough, the snow came on Monday and each morning we’ve woken to a winter wonderland. Here it is this morning. There’s more today than on Monday or Tuesday but it feels warm so I […]

  • Ice-skating at Duthie Park

    Ice-skating at Duthie Park

    Yesterday was skiing on Deeside Way and today was ice-skating at Duthie Park. I feel like I’m living at an alpine sports village. It was -8C last night and the model boating pond at Duthie Park froze. Daniel, Scott, and I went down for a skate at lunch. A photographer from the Press & Journal […]

  • Cross-country skiing on Deeside Way

    Cross-country skiing on Deeside Way

    It snowed a bit more overnight last night and Aberdeen put on a brilliantly crisp and sunny day for us. Rather than going for my usual run around the park I decided to try some cross-country skiing on Deeside Way. A few years ago we all got some cross-country skiing gear from the second-hand sale […]

  • New tourist attraction at Duthie Park: carnivorous snowmen

    New tourist attraction at Duthie Park: carnivorous snowmen

    It has been snowing all day today and there’s more to come tonight. I feel like I’m living in an alpine ski resort. Elizabeth and I went sledging again during a break today. It’s good having kids because that gives me an excuse to sledge. I don’t think I could go as an adult alone, […]

  • Sunshine and blizzards

    Sunshine and blizzards

    Aberdeen put on a beautiful day today with bursts of sunshine mixed in with intermittent snow blizzards. It was a perfect day. There’s more snow on the ground than I think I’ve ever seen in Aberdeen in the almost 7 years we’ve lived here. It’s lovely soft stuff that makes brilliant snowmen. We all had […]

  • Wild and windy February day at Torry battery

    Wild and windy February day at Torry battery

    Everywhere in Scotland has been getting massive amounts of snow except for Aberdeen. One family in Moray couldn’t even get out their front door there was so much snow. All Scottish ski fields have more snow than they’e had for years, probably decades, and yet they’re all shut because of covid and we can’t leave […]

  • Moonwalking on ice

    Moonwalking on ice

    One of the ponds at Duthie Park has frozen, partly defrosted, and then refrozen over the past few days to create a strange effect where it looks like there’s chunks of ice floating in the water but actually the entire surface is frozen solid. On our walk today we saw lots of children walking on […]

  • The snow gods delivered

    The snow gods delivered

    The plague is raging through the British population faster than an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory on Facebook. I can’t see lockdown ending at all until a significant proportion of the population has been vaccinated. But it’s not all bad: today the snow gods brought snow to cheer spirits and get people outside into the fresh air. […]

  • The Nightingale Hospitals and snow at Drum Castle

    The Nightingale Hospitals and snow at Drum Castle

    We are in tier 4 covid restrictions here as is most of the UK as the sick in hospital reach record numbers. At the start of the pandemic the government was following its pandemic playbook which had been written in the years/decades leading up to 2020 but specifically for a flu pandemic. The plan included […]

  • Lebkuchen for lunch

    Lebkuchen for lunch

    I dreamt last night that it snowed and in my dream I woke up and looked out the window to see Santa skiing down a nearby hill. I got up – still in my dream – and had breakfast but by the time I’d finished eating all the snow had melted. When I really did […]

  • Winter wonderland, Braemar

    Winter wonderland, Braemar

    After last Sunday’s disappointing walk in Tullos Wood we went further afield today for a walk in Braemar. The recent snowfall in the highlands has created a winter wonderland and we were gifted a beautifully sunny day. The last part of the drive from Crathie to Braemar is always lovely but today the mist over […]