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We hopped the fence that contained the clump of trees that were in place to ward off evil spirits, and I couldn't believe how intact this one is. We were able to crawl right into it - just amazing! This storage area could still be used today - who needs fancy technology when the earth provides all that you need?
I grabbed a wee standing stone from this place for my collection, couldn't resist! There was quite a few sheep 'guarding' this one, and several newborns stumbling around on their wee little legs and I mean NEWBORN, like just born that morning newborns.
Drew had been to see it before, but didn't know you could get inside, so we both had a chance to explore somewhere new to each of us. I may have mentioned my affinity for wandering around into every corner of these castles - good times abound!
I have to say, the view from the very top floor was just stunning! The castle is by the River Don, and I snagged some amazing pics indeed. This cairn is quite large to me at leastand having the snow around really worked out well for pictures, as it packed down the weeds etc. The energy in that place was something else - it felt old, magical, and wise in the ways of the earth.
I am so grateful to Drew for sharing this one with me - I feel blessed to be one of the few he has taken to some of these spots, truly blessed. I also make a point of acknowledging the tree warriors that guard these places too, showing respect for my dear friends, cuz I'm a geek that way -but hey, it is part of my charm.
I think. It was a quaint little town, with lots of shops and plenty of people out and about. Lunch was delicious green chicken curryand we wandered around a little so I could check out a couple of shops Free And Happy - Mass Production - Believe (CD some things to bring back home, including a book store naturally!
Note to self - I need to check out Adam Weston when I get back home, who is an author from Turriff that Drew recommended. It was a pleasant stop indeed!
We headed out of Ballater, and were close to Balmoral, the Queen's summer home. Our target though was the Ardmenach Standing Stone, and I am looking at a great shot I have of it against a snowy mountain in the background - beautiful!
Abergeldie Castle and Standing Stone were our next stops as they weren't too far away. Abergeldie Castle was built aroundwith a large clock on the tower, and it apparently is haunted by a female ghost who was accused of witchcraft. The Standing Stone is on the same land, so I have a nice pic of the stone with the castle in the distance.
I think the one that I took a picture of was called Easter Balmoral Suspension Bridge, but that might be a guess more than a fact. The next spot on the day's adventuring was a new cairn for Drewbhoy, so we were both seeing something new this time. I spotted it from the road, and earned a 'well spotted' from Drew for finding it - huzzah!
This cairn is called Cairn-na-Cuimhne, which means 'Meeting place of the Clan', and is the ancient rallying point of the Clan Farquharson. It is right beside the River Dee, in a lovely spot that made for great photos. As this one was new for Drew, he was a happy man for checking this one off his list. This cairn is also about 5, - 6, years old, and I have a wee standing stone from it courtesy of Drew for the collection. Braemar was next, with a stop at the Braemar Castle for some pictures.
It wasn't open due to some restoration being completed on it, but I took some shots from the grounds. I've been in Braemar before, back inand that tucked in feeling of being nestled in the Highlands came back right away, as you are surrounded on all sides by beautiful peaks that were somewhat snow covered this time around. MarmI don't know if you remember the War Memorial from when we were there, but Drew told me he played The Last Post there when it was unveiled.
I can't wait to hear him play! The sun was out, and the breeze was crisp, but it was truly a glorious day for seeing more of the Highlands. The final item we hit before having to head back to Turriff was a place on the River Dee that is called the Linn of Dee, and my gawd, it was beautiful! The rocks that the Dee flows through are so picturesque, and it is almost like rapids when you see it. AMAZING shots from there, with the late afternoon sun hitting the rocks, the snow, and the water - Album) wait to post those ones!
That afternoon leg through the Highlands was so full of spectacular scenery, I was in a bit of sensory overload. Album) slice of heaven on earth for sure! We came back through Ballater to get out of the area, and were off back to Turriff as Drew had to take care of a few things, but made a stop in Inveruvie to get a copy of The Hobbit as it was released here yesterday - SCORE.
We met up at the Crown later on in the evening, and I was on the Tennent's and Macallan Gold last night, and it has left a lingering fuzziness today. I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of this trip, and can't bear to think about having to leave in a few short days.
I think tomorrow is another adventuring day with Drew, and Friday, I will be climbing up Bennachie with Mr. John Smith, then meeting Drew for dinner afterwards, then hopefully my wee concert!!! Saturday I'm not sure what is happening during the day I think more time out with Drewbut I believe as it is my last night, we will be going out for a meal with John and Mary. Will make a few more updates I'm sure before then though.
Ta ra jist the noo! Hitting the bigand I'm still 'Alive and Kicking'! Well, kinda I have been off on more grand adventures over the last 2 days, so this post will likely be another rambling monster as I try to recall everything that has happened along the way, be warned! The rambling aspect will be exacerbated by the fact that I am not firing on all thrusters at the moment due to another long night doon at the Crooon last night.
I'm tucked away at Drew's house, currently downing a Coke, so that is a clear indicator of my brain power at the moment. C'mon, caffeinated syrup, get cracking! Okay, so for the record, I did see Drew and I on the football highlights on Sunday night! It was for a millisecond as they showed that first Commons goal, but I swear, the Canadian was in the shot! That was on Sunday night before John's private stock came out. I may have mentioned that I am completed blessed and spoiled on this trip?
Okay girl, focus The lap count rolled over on Monday, and for me, it was a magnificent birthday indeed. Drew had a couple of things to take care of in the morning, so I had a chance to relax and get lost in my own thoughts, as usually happens at some point on the day. I have 2 new poems brewing as a result, which is a beautiful thing.
We hooked up at around or so, and at that point, the sun was shining. Drew wished me a happy birthday, and has advised that there is a present coming for me by the end of the week as it 'needed to be copywrited', which has me excited wondering what it could be. I will let you know, but he really has done so much for me already, every day - I could easily gush for hours about how great he's been to me.
He also told me that I will be getting a 'wee concert' at the church on Friday night, as they have a great electric piano. I will melt into a puddle when that happens, I guarantee it.
Can't wait!!! We hit the road, and we were headed to The Last Bus Cafe for lunch, but alas, it was unexpectedly closed on Monday. That is where Drew has played flugel for John Mackie's poetry launches in the past - would have been great to see it but nae bither! We then headed off to a village pub nearby to grab lunch, but that was also closed - I think that we tried 3 spots in a bit of snowy weather before we came upon a modern restaurant built off on its own somewhere along the road that was definitely open.
It was called Formartine's, and it was delightful! A bright, cheery, bustling business indeed with a shop in one half and the restaurant in the other - you would have loved it, Marm! The food was delicious, and I would recommend it highly to anyone if you are ever in Aberdeenshire.
There was a great wee red teapot that I was eyeing in the shop, and likely should have bought myself, but oh well - there is only so much room in the luggage after all. It was built back inand it is in magnificent shape indeed. There was lots to explore in there, so I was like a kid bouncing around in all the room, little alcoves and staircases. SIGH Free And Happy - Mass Production - Believe (CD wicked castle to add to my collection!
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