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#96581 - 02/18/20 02:55 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are in Mintlaw in Aberdeenshire for a run out in the van and a walk along the railway line...

Our walk starts at the Happy Plant Garden Centre


We head among part of the old Formatine and Buchan railway line




Look at this cheeky fellow


Snowdrops are now appearing


The old railway line


The old railway line


A former platform


A commemorative cairn


Girders of a bridge
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#96582 - 02/19/20 02:40 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are walking from Mintlaw to Aden Country Park...

The low sun through the trees



Beautiful colours







Looking over the fields





We have just reached Old Deer





The community hall


A ruin in the churchyard...
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#96583 - 02/20/20 03:13 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are passing through Old Deer...

The former bank



The Episcopal church


The Parish Church with its former building the Old Deer Old Kirk behind


The origins of a church at Deer can be traced back to the arrival here of St Drostan, a follower of St Columba, in the 580s. St Drostan founded a monastery in a loop of the South Ugie Water here, a monastery most famous for its association with the Book of Deer (or Book of Deir)


The Mansion Housw at Aden Country Park













The ice house and the gas works...
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#96584 - 02/21/20 03:13 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are in Aden Country park having walked along the old railway line from Mintlaw...

The name Aden (pronounced Aa-den), meaning bonnie burn or brae, is first recorded in a New Testament manuscript written by the Celtic monks of Deer Monastery, known as the Book of Deer.



This is the Mansion House


This is the ice house that would have been used to preserve provisions for the kitchen







This is the former gas works








The distinctive semi-circular courtyard








The Aberdeenshire Farming Museum...
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#96585 - 02/21/20 04:58 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I could not resist posting this. On Wednesday, this happened...

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#96586 - 02/22/20 03:08 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The courtyard at Aden Fountry Park houses the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum. The courtyard was built in 1800.

The museum was closed on this occasion but it presents an extensive view of farming and country life in north-east Scotland, particularly during the 19th and 20th centuries.


The Horseman's House is also part of the museum. It provides a glimpse of life for the estate horseman during the 1920s


The former coach house




I did visit the museum a couple of years ago and posted pictures of it and some of its exhibits. Please see the link at the end of this post.

Following a sandwich it was time to head back


Ducks and


Swans




A relic from the old railway line


Finally we arrive back at our starting point, The Happy Plant


Here is the link to the posts on the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum http://www.madridman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=95399#Post95399



A neighbourhood walk...
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#96587 - 02/22/20 04:56 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We had snow this morning..



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#96589 - 02/23/20 03:15 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I hope you have had a good week and that you are enjoying the weekend. Following yesterday's snow, it has been very cold. The snow in town quickly cleared but more is forecast.

The coronavirus continues to spread around the world and is now impacting Western European and Middle Eastern countries. Our thoughts and prayers should be with those who are affected by it, for those who are seeking to find a treatment for it and for those in key political.ànd medical positions who are trying to curb its spread.

I had the opportunity to head out on a local walk with some neighbours. It's was a beautiful February day as we head to Sheddocksley Woods...

Brimmond hill in the distance


Daffodils are beginning to push through


On the way to Sheddocksley Woods we pass Greenbrae Woods


Some of the neighbours in the low but bright morning



Another view of Brimmond Hill


Split asunder


The suburb of Kingswells in the distance


This week's Sunday Snaps can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-51531962


Bucks Burn and Bucksburn...



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#96590 - 02/24/20 02:34 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I'm out walking with some neighbours in Sheddocksley Woods..

We are at the edge of the woods


This is a steam called Buck's Burn. It gave its name to a suburb of Aberdeen called Bucksburn



Bucksburn was formerly a market village before being swallowed up by the spread of the city.
Looking to a part of Bucksburn called Newhills


The beautiful local countryside











The history of the area is interesting


Out with Solemates on a sunny day..
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#96591 - 02/25/20 03:07 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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The gritters have ben out due to the forecast of snow and ice. All the local gritters have been given name by schoolchildren...



This one has been named Spreadie Eddie!
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