Yes indeedy, I am back in Scotland once again and oh-so-happy to be here! I landed in Aberdeen yesterday after a very long flight and just in time to enjoy an evening meal with cousin Lindsay at Cult’s Hotel where we both enjoyed a traditional meal of Fish & Chips!
Afterwards we got caught up on the latest news and of course enjoyed a ‘wee dram’ before retiring for the evening! Yum! Then I fell fast asleep….
First thing this morning we woke up to sunshine, and although we had planned a kind of laid back, “de-jetlag,” kind of day, we decided to make hay while the sun was shining and we headed straightway to Crathes Castle. We visited and toured the castle last year in the springtime. Since it is much later in the season the garden is now blooming profusely and absolutely beautiful. I’ll let the pictures pretty much speak for themselves.
Above is the beautiful dovecot off in the corner of the garden…. it even has it’s own heraldic device!
Butterfly bushes, astilbe, poppies and fountains…
Then there was this gnarly old tree with a chiseled out stone which serves as a planter box, bigger ones were traditionally used as horse or cattle troughs.
Interesting rings of bark on that old tree.
morning glories (just for you Cyndy Holder!)
And of course there were fuschias galore….
Inside the greenhouses…. more floral treasures.
and more fuchsias…
grapes and begonias…
and one heck of a giant gnarly thistle!
Lindsay stopped to smell the roses, especially these, since they are the Crathes Castle Rose!
and for my friends back in Oregon, you should definitely recognize this tree since we have an abundance for them and use them for a good hard firewood – the madrone!
Those beautiful Yew hedges so painstakingly pruned and such an unusual specimen of hedges and topiary….
There was even a friendly resident kitten that begged me to rub her belly as I passed.
I love this dragonfly statue in the water feature.
On the way back to Lindsay’s house we passed by the Falls of Feugh, where the salmon muster all they have to climb the falls in order to get to their spawning beds.
During the spring run the water is so high and rushing so fast you can’t even see any of these rocks and that one fir tree in the background, nearest the river, is on a tiny island all by itself!
For dinner (or Tea as the locals call it), we headed to one of our favorite places to eat…
I got my coffee…
and we both enjoyed Scampi and chips! Yum!
I’m really enjoying myself and so happy to be “home” again in Scotland. Can you tell?
Tomorrow we have another VERY interesting and exciting day planned. Stay tuned because we are headed for the 175th Lonach Highland Gathering where there will be pipers and drummers, dancers and lots and lots of men in kilts who will be tossing the caber amongst other things. It should prove to be one fantastic day you won’t want to miss! Until then….