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#95631 - 11/07/17 12:53 PM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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As promised, here is the second post for today with the remainder of the photographs from the bonfire party...

The were lots of drinks


Salad, coleslaw etc


and best of all, pulled pork in a bun


The burning embers of the bonfire meant that


it was time for the fireworks










Guy Fawkes would have been proud!

A 19th century mansion house...
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#95632 - 11/08/17 02:26 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Ardoe House Hotel is housed in a 19th Century mansion house on the banks of the River Dee.


Ardoe House sits on an estate which was part of a 1,000 acre parcel of land gifted to Arbroath Abbey by Alexander II, King of Scotland way back in in 1244.


It was inspired by the royal residence at Balmoral Castle


Ardoe House was built by Alexander Milne Ogston, the son of a successful Aberdeen soap and candle manufacturer known locally as 'Soapie' Ogston


It dates back to 1878


Part of the extensive estate


There are 109 bedrooms


5 function rooms


private dining


and an 18 meter indoor heated pool with fully equipped gym and sauna with treatment rooms


Information Source: http://www.ardoehouseblairs.co.uk/ and http://aboutaberdeen.com/Ardoe-House-Hotel-Aberdeen

Blair's - a seminary sadly neglected...
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#95633 - 11/09/17 02:23 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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St Mary's College, Blairs (commonly known as Blairs College), is situated only a few miles from Ardoe House Hotel on Deeside.


From 1829 to 1986 it was a junior seminary for boys and young men studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood


The land on which the seminary was built was originally owned by the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, before passing to the Menzies family in 1542.


In 1827 the land was donated to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, and the original building, Menzies House, converted into a seminary for 25 pupils.


In 1829 Lismore Seminary and Aquhorthies College were merged, then closed and the students moved to Blairs College.


As well as the Blairs Museum, the site also hosts the Blairs Library, a collection of 27,000 books concerning Scottish Catholic history. In 2012, it was proposed that the collection be moved to Aberdeen University Library.
Both are now closed


Information Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blairs_College

It has an extensive walled garden


It was rebuilt and re-sited when new college was erected over their original site circa 1898


Looking back from the walled garden to the main buildings





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#95634 - 11/10/17 02:50 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are at the now disused former seminary at Blairs College on Deeside...

A well/pool in the walled garden


This may have been accommodation for estate workers


The main college


and its views over Deeside




and finally, the impressive main entrance


I took the van for a short run to Balmedie Beach and Country Park during the week...

An atmospheric shot of the café on a cold day


But the café was closed!


The parkland with the dunes in the distance




Sea, sand but sadly little sun...
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#95635 - 11/11/17 03:20 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Composed of parkland with picnic areas, sand dunes and a magnificent beach, Balmedie Beach and Country Park on the outskirts of Aberdeen is a busy place during the sunny summer weather.

Not so on a cold autumn morning


We head through the grassy areas to the dunes


and take a look back inland


The sand dunes


The remains of a fireworks party


Much of the sand dune area is topped by esparto grass


Coming to the top, we see the sea down below




and the bonnie beach


The beach stretches into the distance towards Collieston and Cruden Bay
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#95636 - 11/12/17 03:18 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope you have had a good week and a restful weekend. Looking back, it was a week in which the Paradise Papers tax avoidance leaks and historical sexual harassment headlined the news media. Many places around the UK will be having Remembrance ervices today in honour of the war dead.

Let's continue our short exploration of Balmedie Beach and country Park...

The high sand dunes viewed from the beach


A stream cuts through the sand




A shell of a razor clam


We see again the high grass on the dune tops


Looking inland to the countryside in the distance




We are heading home


in the low sun




There are some great autumn colours in the weeks Sunday Snaps from around Scotland. Here is the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41858436

All the best for the week ahead, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Let's step back in time...




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#95637 - 11/13/17 02:10 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are going to head along the beach front of the harbour and the mouth of the river Dee.


We are heading to one of the oldest parts of Aberdeen - Footdee. You can see its rooftops ahead.


There has been a village at Footdee for centuries. The area was originally called Futty then the village became Fittie and now the area is known as Footdee.
Imagine stepping back in time as we take a back and white tour of the village.


The first reference to the area of Fittie was in the year 1398


Extensively redeveloped in 1809, Footdee is an interesting example of a planned housing development purpose-built to re-house Aberdeen's local fishing community


The outhouses, original called tarry sheds

Throughout the 19th century, 'tarry sheds' were added to the communal land within the squares opposite each dwelling and now every dwelling has its own shed.


Originally constructed from drift wood and other found materials, the sheds have been built and rebuilt in an idiosyncratic manner over the years in a variety of materials with rendered brick now predominating slightly. Some timber built sheds remain, predominantly on the North side of North Square.


One of the original gas lamps


A decorative source of water


Part of North Square




Information Sources: http://aboutaberdeen.com/Footdee-Fittie-Aberdeen and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footdee

Continuing our walk around Footdee...


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#95638 - 11/14/17 02:58 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Let's continue our walk back in time as the black and white photographs remind us of bygone days in 19th Century Footdee...

The back of the cottages that give on to the sea have no windows as protection against the winter waves


Getting the wood ready for winter


and preparing a welcoming doorstep


a decorated tarry shed


and creative finishing


The two squares of Footdee originally contained 28 single-storey thatched houses although this increased when the later Middle Row (circa 1837) and Pilot Square (circa 1855) were added. (http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB20315)
Middle Row


North Square, Pilot Square & Middle Row and South Square


The Mission Hall
North Square Mission Hall occupies the central area of the North Square, reflecting its significance as an integral part of village life. The building is plain, with simple detailing throughout, and as such, responds sympathetically to its setting and context. Known locally as 'the schoolie' the hall was built for general as well as religious purposes and continues to operate as a multi-purpose meeting space. (http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB20315)


The drying greens in North Square


Looking at the area outside the village





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#95639 - 11/15/17 01:40 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are back in Footdee, the former fishing village at the mouth of the River Dee in Aberdeen. Let's continue our black and white stroll round this historic village...

The narrow passages at the back of the houses in Middle Row


Many of the original wooden tarry sheds have now been replaced by brick outhouses






Looking along the front of Middle Row


This plaque dates the construction if the three-story houses


Another decorative water tap


Pilot Square


The mission Hall


Just outside the village sits another former house of worship




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#95640 - 11/15/17 01:48 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Some of the residents have a sense of humour!


A new but controversial addition to the town...
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