Saturday 21 October 2017

Six on Saturday

After seeing this post in the amazingly helpful and interesting blog Shirls Garden Watch
I have tried to post one for our gardening group, for which I am the blog keeper.
Looking at the other posts, it is a good indication of what to plant out in our gardens for every week of the year.

Saturday 7 October 2017

Six days in Scotland in September - Part Four

We couldn't go by St Andrews without a visit; home of an old university and the birthplace of golf

I hadn't expected to get so near.  Tourists from all over the world were taking photographs and speaking in hushed tones as if they were in a holy place.

 We crossed the new Queensferry Bridge which is replacing the Forth Road Bridge.

 Here you can see the new and old road bridges and the rail bridge.

We arrived back in England, immediately noticing the inferior state of the roads compared to Scotland.
We stayed overnight at Seahouses, Northumberland, another favourite area of ours.
 Seahouses Harbour


We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and in six days managed to see stunning landscapes, lots of wildlife as well as sea, lochs, rivers and burns.

Sunday 1 October 2017

Six days in Scotland in September - Part Three

Next stop Elgin with its cathedral and monument. 

 This monument is on the site of the Castle of Elgin, strategically placed at the top of a hill

 Views of Elgin from the Ladyhill monument

 All that remains of the castle; extremely thick walls
Next to the cathedral is the Biblical Garden, a charming, public place with its winding paths and biblical references and plants and a central walkway in the shape of a Celtic cross.

 Most tourists in Scotland visit Whiskey distilleries but, being mid-morning when leaving Elgin the next day, we visited Baxters, as in the famous soups.  We had a bowl of soup and visited the small museum and gift shop.


Then on to Huntly, where we parked by the river and saw a heron fishing from the bank.  We chatted to a local lady who recommended a more scenic road to our next stop, Aberdeen.

En route we came across Leith Hall but it was a bit late to do justice to the house and garden, which is 186 m above sea level, but did manage to sample a large slice of Victoria sponge before we took to the road again to Aberdeen.
 Leith Hall

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...