A day trip to Fyvie Castle

It's been quite some time since we had a trip out, so I'm hoping you are free and up for it!
How about a trip to another Castle?
A 800 year old castle in fact... Fyvie Castle.
Shall we go in?
(The castle lies off the A947 just 8 miles SE of Turriff and 25 miles north west of Aberdeen).
It's a stunning historical treasure that has been beautifully looked after and now is a Scottish National Trust property. 
It really is an amazing place.
So much so in fact, that it has just achieved a five star rating from VisitScotland. 
This year the castle is celebrating it's 30th year of a visitors attraction, so it's a great time to visit.
As you can see the weather was spectacular (at last).
There wasn't a cloud in the sky and there was actual warmth in the sunlight.
How stunning is that? 
Tradition claims that the castle’s five successive families – Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Forbes-Leith – each added a tower to this magnificent Scottish Baronial fortress.
I love the saltire (Scottish flag) flying against the glorious clear blue sky.
Shall we go inside...?
Unfortunately, as is the norm for a National Trust property, I was unable to take photo's inside, but let me tell you there is so much to see, that if you ever have the chance to visit I highly recommend that you do. 
You can also follow on their Instagram account #fyviecastle 
They post lots of interesting photo's and facts for your delight. 
Also if you want to know more about the castle, history and it's contents then click here
I couldn't possibly do it justice from my little knowledge.
As is our wont on such occasions, we 'had' to sample their afternoon tea... accompanied with millionaire shortbread. 
All enjoyed alfresco of course!
The 18th-century walled garden has recently been redeveloped as a garden of Scottish fruits and vegetables. This veggie garden is something I aspire to for my own plot... well I can wish!
We came across this incredible tree that must be so old.
Imagine what changes it has seen over the centuries. 
To finish our visit we wandered around Fyvie Loch, which was created by the 18th- century owners. Previously there had been marshland protecting the castle.
. This picturesque landscape feature now covers a large part of the estate’s 49 hectares and supports large numbers of wildfowl.
These cuties came waddling up to us obviously thinking we might have a few crumbs for them. 
I have lots more photo's, but I feel that this is probably enough for today. 
Once again here's a link if you'd like to know more about Fyvie Castle.

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Have a great day and thanks for visiting my place.

My Photo... River Dee

Today was like a game of football... a game of two halves.
In the morning we had glorious warm temperatures, but by early evening it was back to grey rainy weather. 
It was the kind of day that reminded me of my time when I lived abroad.
Outside of the house would be warmer than the inside.
Thankfully I captured images of the better half of the day. 
I had just taken my newly retired hubby back to school... cookery school that is.
The cookery class was part of a birthday gift and thankfully he loved the idea. 
He even had ideas of grandeur.... commenting that he could be the next Paul Hollywood!
All he hoped was that by the end of the day he didn't have a soggy bottom!
(that's a Great British Bake Off reference by the way, just in case you are wondering what on earth I'm referring to)
After I finally got my laughing under control, I was ready to do the school run! 

 As I  passed the River Dee I just had to stop the car in order to take a few photos. 
It looked so beautiful.
In the photo below you can see the Bridge of Dee which is one of the oldest bridges in Scotland. 
The Bridge of Dee or Brig o'Dee is a road bridge over the River Dee and dates back to 1527.
If you look closely in the centre of the photo above, you can see a fly fisherman.
He is casting his fly for salmon. 
The River Dee is renowned as one of the great salmon rivers of the world.
I can't help thinking that even though it was a beautiful warm morning... it would be pretty cold standing waist deep in the river.
The pink flowers looked incredibly like orchids but I'm not sure.
I'll have to go back and take some detailed shots of them.
The cooking class was a huge success by the way.
He even managed to save a sample of one of the dishes out of the three he'd made and brought it home for us to sample.
He ate the other two, plus samples of the chef's work!

I dread it now that he'll probably be so fired up... he'll no doubt start to preach about not using jar's for sauces anymore! 
I may have created something I may later live to regret!

So that's it for today folks. 
I'm linking up with Photoalife once more.

Just before I go I'd like to link up with  Mersad over at Through my lens over in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has lots of great photographers link up, so if you'd like to see more then please just click on the link above.
Also Wordless (on Tuesday at image-in-ing) 

... and
Our World Tuesday Graphic
Have a wonderful week and thanks for popping into my place.
I hope to see you again soon.

Over The Rainbow

Sometimes I have to admit that I do not want to watch Muffy in the garden in the evening, doing her 'biz', especially if I'm watching something interesting, or I'm too comfy lounging on the sofa. 
But at times you can be rewarded for doing the right thing.
This is exactly what happened last night. 
Reluctantly, I dragged myself into the garden. 
It was quite late, but summer evenings here in the North of Scotland can be pretty spectacular... staying light until nearly midnight. 
Once we stepped out into the garden... I had to rush back in to grab my camera.
I would normally take photographs of the sunsets facing the fields at the rear of our property, but this view just grabbed my attention.    
What made it more dramatic was the dark rain clouds and the appearance of a beautiful rainbow.
Very often after a rainy day here, the clouds can part and we are rewarded with a glorious sunset. 
It's too late in the day to make the most of it... so we just have to look and appreciate it. 
In my case, I snap hundreds of photo's. 
I just can't resist!
I don't normally show the house, but the light and rainbow was too good and I wanted to share it with you.
I hope you can enjoy a spectacular sunset or a beautiful rainbow soon.
Thank you for popping over to my place. 
Have a great week... enjoy!
(I'm linking up today with Our World TuesdayWordless Wednesday and Mersad over at Through my lens
Why not take a peek... they'd love to see you over there)

Whatever the Weather

Name any kind of weather and I bet you I can confirm that we've experienced it here today.
We've had rain, sleet, snow, sunshine, thunder and lightening... all accompanied with an Arctic blast of freezing wind!
The sort of wind that my Mother used to call 'a lazy wind'
The kind of wind that doesn't go around you... it just goes straight through!
I remember December was so much warmer than this.
If at any time today I looked out of the window, it definitely looked like we were in the grip of winter. 
But along with this changeable weather, we've seen some spectacular sights... from the sun kissed snow capped mountains, with dramatic stormy cumulus clouds behind them adding to the drama, to the beautiful snowflakes drifting slowly down to earth making a white magical landscape. 
But my favourite sight of the day, was to see the local roe deer sparing. 
Not quite rutting, but perhaps practicing for tougher bouts ahead. 
I think it's possibly a yearling (or young male) testing his strength against an older buck. 
The younger deer has been taunting and baiting the elder all afternoon. 
There is a doe (female) involved, but she got bored with the proceedings and after finishing eating, she wandered off to possibly take a snooze in the thick yellow flowering gorse.
Meanwhile, the boys were tearing around the field and didn't even notice her departure. 
I did think at one stage that I really should go to set up my video camera... but then I thought I'd rather watch and enjoy them, than miss it whilst searching for the camera.
Yesterday, I witnessed the female chasing off a fox, who had obviously come into her personal space.

Later this afternoon, I was rewarded by the deer coming right up to our boundary to nibble on some new shoots.
Stunning isn't he? 
I'm getting so used to them walking nearby now, so much so that I'm thinking of names for them!
They have the habit of visiting up near the house at night time too, whilst we are sleeping. 
Well we are until they set off the intruder light! 

I hope your week is going well and that you have been able to appreciate nature too in some form or another.
Today, I thought I'd link up with Our World Tuesday and Wordless (on Tuesday at image-in-ing)
I hope you enjoyed your visit here today and will come back soon.
Hopefully, I'll have some springiness to share with you.