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Summer arrives in Aberdeen!

What astonishingly warm and sunny weather we’ve had here recently.  Temperatures in the low 20s Celcius, that’s over 70 degrees F!  It has been wonderful, especially after a very cold spring indeed....

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A happy day out!

I had such a fun time yesterday.  Tina, of The Quiet Home blog, had suggested having a Bloggers’ Tea Party somewhere in the North-East of Scotland.  Jill of Land of the Big Sky was also keen to come...

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A beautiful escape: Crathes Castle Gardens in June

Yesterday Michael and I had the opportunity to go visit Crathes Castle Gardens.  It lashed torrential rain on the way there, and then magically cleared up for our walk around the gardens.  Everything...

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“Another day”: June 2012 weather in Aberdeen

It would only be fair to point out that we have had a few summery, warm and beautiful days this June. In fact, this morning promises to include some sun! Sun! June 18, 2012, Aberdeen. (My back patch.)...

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July mist and colour

The weather has continued to be cool, rainy and misty.  But this very odd summer has compensations of its own: Spider’s web in the mist, 4th of July 2012, Aberdeen. There are no fireworks here on the...

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A wee Northumbrian holiday!

Well, what do you know?  We had a week away.  We weren’t too sure it would work, having booked a cottage in Northumberland over a year ago when the Dafter was full of energy.  However, we went, it...

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A Day in Edinburgh, August 2012

Last week I ventured out to Edinburgh for the day to visit Our Son.  The Dafter had been very low the day before and it was with a heavy heart that I boarded the train.  But there is always something a...

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A visit to Drum Castle garden

Last month, on a beautiful day, I went to visit the Garden of Historic Roses at Drum Castle with my lovely neighbour Betty.  We had such a great time.  Here is the gate into the gardens.  Can you see...

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An Aberdeen garden at the end of May

This morning it was warm and sunny – rather unreal for Aberdeen!  And the garden was looking lovely.  I thought I’d show you: Clematis montana and an azalea just about to flower, view from the front...

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Beauty in the garden

Things are starting to get busy here – packing has begun.  It’s less than six weeks til we move, jeepers! (I do know people here in Scotland who say “jeepers”.  Also “Jings!”)  Yesterday I packed up...

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Crathes Castle Gardens: the June Borders

Summer is here!  We have had scorching temperatures – as high as 24C / 75F!  Aberdonians are complaining about not being able to tolerate the heat.  I know this will make some of my North American and...

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Crathes Castle Gardens: more of the garden, and a fine piece

In my last post, I showed you the June borders at Crathes Castle Gardens.  Here is a small peek at some of the rest of the gardens.  Betty and I, along with other visitors and also the gardening staff,...

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Summer highlights 2013

Here are some photos that show some moments from my last summer in Aberdeen: Lush Aberdeen – Albyn Place, June 2013. “My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes”. Particularly those from the Pacific Northwest with...

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The Old Deeside Line

Just before I leave, I wanted to show you a very pleasing feature of Aberdeen: the Old Deeside Line.  As you can probably see, it’s a converted railway line that is now used by cyclists and walkers....

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My garden in June

Phew, it’s been scorching hot here in Glasgow!  About 25C / 77F for the past few days.  Honestly, this feels almost unbearably hot to us at times.  The garden has been happy, but before I show you...

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Update on the swan family

Some of you will have read here about the sad death of Daddy Swan in the park.  He was killed by a dog, protecting the eggs.  I’m happy to report that Mama Swan seems to be doing very well!  Yesterday...

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A big, wet, adventure!

The Dafter and I recently went on an amazing adventure – we went camping! This is amazing for a few different reasons: firstly, she was in a wheelchair until not so long ago, and this would have been...

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The garden in summer

Several of you have very kindly said you’d like to see how the garden has fared in its first summer.  It has been an absolute delight to me.  Here are some photos, and I hope not too many words: end of...

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A dreamlike holiday: the Isle of Arran

Not long ago, our family had one of the best holidays we’ve had in years.  Partly this was due to the fact that the Dafter is recovering so well from her ME/CFS.  And partly it was due to the lovely...

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Happy St. Columba’s Day

Following along with Katharine Stewart’s A Garden in the Hills, she wrote essays on the 8th and 9th of June.  She began with the comment:  “A June day at last!  They have to be counted in ones, or at...

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