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#96053 - 10/17/18 01:43 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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This is Benholm's Lodge



It was originally in the town centre but was moved here in 1965


It dates from approximately 1588


The house is a fortified townhouse, with two round towers
at the south-west and north east corners of the building.
The building features a number of carved heraldic stones of
interest.





After visiting the lodge we headed to the Cruikshank Gardens at the University of Aberdeen











The gardens are beautiful at this time of year


The walk continues...
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#96054 - 10/18/18 02:14 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are walking with the Sole Mates walking group in the Cruikshank Botanical Gardens at the University of Aberdeen...



We are in the ornamental rose garden






From there, we walk some if the shrub and tree lined paths






We enter a densely populated bowl





The Cruickshank Botanic Gardens in Aberdeen, Scotland, were built on land bequested by Miss Anne Cruickshank to commemorate her brother Dr. Alexander Cruickshank








The Tree of Life...


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#96056 - 10/19/18 03:53 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are continuing our walk in the Cruikshank Botanical Gardens at the University of Aberdeen...

The autumn colours are amazing


And even the varying shades of green please the eye



This is The Tree of Life, a sculpture in memory of the establishment of the gardens by Deed of Trust of 26
April 1898 on land bequeathed by Miss Anne Cruickshank to
commemorate her brother Dr. Alexander Cruickshank.


It was established for ‘teaching and study of Botany as pure science, and as applied to the Arts and Industries, and for
the furtherance of University interests and the public good.’


Today the gardens include over 2500 plant varieties.


We leave this part if the garden by a rather ornate gate







The gate leads to a less manicured and wiled part of the gardens





A final look at the gardens and an overnight stay at a graveyard....


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#96057 - 10/20/18 02:08 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Here we are walking in one of the wilder parts of the gardens


One of the houses hidden from the doorway






This marks the end of our Sole Mates walk in the Cruikshank Gardens.

Please check back later today as I post about an overnight at a graveyard!....
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#96058 - 10/20/18 02:50 PM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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You will remember that the camper van was broken into and a window damaged? Well the replacement window arrived and I needed to be at the other side of town for 9am.
If you know Aberdeen then you will appreciate how congested the early morning traffic can be.

The solution was to stay in the van at a site.

I remembered the ideal location


It was at St Fergus Chapel and the Dyce Cemetery where the Dyce Symbol Stones are to be found.


The site is nearest where I needed to be first thing in the morning.


It is a pretty place


With great views


If you are a plane spotter the you can watch them land at the nearby airport


Unfortunately, fishing is private




I couldn't resist a look at the graveyard







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#96059 - 10/21/18 03:35 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope you have had a good week. It had been a busy one here in Aberdeen so, I hope like me you are having a restful weekend.
The Sunday Snaps can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45915532

It was a beautiful evening to be out and about in the van, even although it was local and near a cemetery!



It was a peaceful place


Not really conducive to walking





But good for relaxation and reflection









The evening sun appeared


It promised a bonnie sunset


It did not disappoint..



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#96060 - 10/22/18 01:34 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The sun was setting and the late afternoon light was changing to a lovely colour..

The sun shining on the harvest field


The golden light develops



As the sun begins to go down


I can't resist snapping the setting sun






The sun sets over the River Don


And on the van


The view from the van


Darkness approaching





Colourful clouds...


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#96061 - 10/23/18 02:16 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are enjoying a beautiful sunset at St Fergus Chapel on the outskirts of Aberdeen...



The clouds take on a golden colour



Looks like lenticular clouds


It was an eerie light as the colours developed





Darkness approaches


As the sun goes down on this short trip



Tomorrow, we will be heading here on s fishing trip


Will there be any fish around?.....



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#96062 - 10/24/18 01:50 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Let's head off on a fishing trip. It's to one of my favourite places. If you have been flooding my blog then you will know where it is. Let's go...

We are parked up at a familiar spot


With familiar views



Do you know where it is?


Kite surfers at our destination... Cruden Bay!


It was afternoon when I arrived and already the sun was beginning to go down


And we ate blessed by another bonnie sunset









I forget to mention in my previous post that you can view my first visit to see the Dyce Symbol Stones here http://www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=95928#Post95928


Outstanding and even more outstanding....



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#96063 - 10/25/18 02:23 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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This is the sunset on the first night of the fishing trip to Cruden Bay...

It was outstanding


If you can, enlarge the image and have a look at the lenticular clouds in the distance


This was an attempt to zoom in on them with my phone camera. Not very successful 😖


Following the outstanding sunset the next morning was a bit overcast but mild.


Could anything be more outstanding?


Yes it could. The fish had pitched up to the fishing trip! And I caught one, a large mackerel.




Not only that but I caught another


I soon filleted them


It was time for the sun to go down again


I did a trade with some fellow campervanners


From the filleting table to the breakfast table...


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