Pitmedden Gardens, Collieston Seaport Village, Aberdeen and a good ol’ American BBQ with family

Yesterday Lindsay and I decided to take a little ride through the countryside north of Aberdeen to take in a garden and possibly visit a seaport village on the way back to Aberdeen – just a “little something to do.”  It ended up being a jam-packed day when we thought it would be something to do for just a couple of hours.

Although the day started out kind of foggy in the morning, it turned out to be a “heat wave” – one of the hottest days in Scotland they’ve experienced for several years. Lindsay had asked me to bring the sunshine with me to Scotland from Southern Oregon, and boy did he get his wish!  It was a whopping 26 degrees Celsius (approx 80 degrees Fahrenheit!) As Lindsay says, “If ye dun ask, ye wan git.”

First stop – Pitmedden Gardens!

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The box hedges in this formal garden are incredible; there are even latin words formed by boxwood bushes!  Incredibly manicured. Wowsers!img_5651img_5646

 

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Let’s head down the stairs

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We had the pleasure of meeting one of the gardeners, Allan.

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He let us taste the sweet strawberries.  Yum!

 

 

I love these little ferns that find purchase on rock walls.

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We went to the Tea Room and sampled their goodies.

 

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Exquisite old Lace Sampler below.

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After leaving the gardens, we headed toward Collieston and on the way we stopped at a churchyard where Lindsay showed me a headstone of his grandmother, Christina Rose (Frew) Robertson, who was born in Dingwall and buried in Ellon.  I get to add another headstone image to my ancestral records!  Cool!

Then we continued along a quaint single track country road which took us to the charming little seaport village of Collieston.

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After taking in the panoramic views from the cliffs above the harbor we headed down to the beach and I got to dip my tootsies in the North Sea and do a little beachcombing!

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Back in the car where we soon were back in Aberdeen to the “fun beach” as the signpost read where we found the surf was up and lots of people were out enjoying the great day.

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Skyscrapers in Aberdeen above, and as we drove the “scenic route” back to Lindsay’s house I got to see a few sites around town… the “Fun Park”, the harbor, and the sights along the River Dee along Riverside Drive.img_5920img_5926

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As the finale to the gorgeous sunshiney day, Lindsay’s daughter, Lisa, and her two kids, Ailie and James, came over for some “proper” burgers in the backyard.

I bought all the ingredients and made them homemade “American” cheese burgers with crispy bacon, a nice pot of baked beans, and of course – potato salad.  They were amazed at the size of the burgers and the “spread” I laid out for them.  They absolutely loved it.  James even asked me to give the recipe for the beans to his mum.  He quite enjoyed them!  I’ll take that as a “thumbs up!”

Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent and fun-loving traveling American 64 year young great grandmother who loves to travel solo or with fellow travelers!

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