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A visit to Moray and Narnia ;)

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We had a great weekend in Moray. The weather was particularly interesting. But apart from that, we had a good time with good friends.

Here’s a picture of blossom in Denise’s garden. We didn’t have a clue what it was, but after a bit of research we identified it as Prunus Tenella or Dwarf Russian Almond. I brought a pot of it back with me for my garden. This blossom is well worth having in April don’t you think? Watch out for the suckering habit though.

Here is my friend Denise’s Duck (It’s not her duck of course, it’s a duck that likes to nest in the protection of her garden. Daffy had FIFTEEN chicks! an amazing achievement. Sadly, by the time we left she had a few less thanks to the local crows. Nature can be very cruel.

And as usual, the view from Denise and David’s back garden was enough to restore any soul. Being there is a bit like pressing ‘reset’ on your heart.

We started the weekend off with a lovely meal in the Walled Garden Restaurant at Gordon Castle. This is a recently opened fine dining establishment with excellent food, service and atmosphere. I highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

I didn’t get any photos there, but here’s a link for you…
http://www.gordoncastlescotland.com/whats-on/

The next day we took a ride on the Keith to Dufftown railway…one of those special tourist lines restored from the times of Dr Beeching. It has Deisel engines, not steam, but nevertheless, the scenery is very pretty as it chundles along gently, following the winding river Isla. At the end of the line is a lunch carriage where we enjoyed a fine meal before returning on the next train back to Keith. The sun shone for us, and although it was chilly, we enjoyed it very much.

The final day saw us on cycles heading off to Spey Bay across the river, where the local Bottle Nose Dolphins are often observed. We had no sooner arrived when the rain came on so we waited in the cafe for a while hoping for it to stop. Unfortunately we didn’t get our wish and ended up cycling back in the rain and wind. Brrrrr…..But never mind, it was good exercise! Which was necessary after the great meals we’d been enjoying, not to mention the fine beverages!

So that afternoon we set off for a local pottery near Cullen to enjoy shopping and Afternoon Tea (as you do) and we couldn’t believe it when we ended up driving back to the train station through a blizzard! The train was on time thank goodness, as the waiting room was locked up and we sheltered in our hosts’ car until it arrived and then headed home through scenery resembling a visit to Narnia! Unbelieveable…we were transported from spring to midwinter in a the space of half an hour!

Thankfully the snow ceased before we reached Aberdeen, and at home the sun was shining. But brrrrr….there was frost on our cars this morning and it is very chilly out there in the sun. Lovely blue sky tempting me out, but no thanks! I might venture to the water garden centre for more pond oxygenators later. Hope you all had a good weekend. Karen

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that looks pretty special, glad it was a good weekend even if it did snow. scenery is amazing, Daffy is wonderful.

27 Apr, 2015

 

Isnt she? What a star! It was a great weekend, and seeing the snow on the trees...the only time I've seen that this winter was magical. Unfortunately I've woken up with a headcold....which is probably a result of the wet cycle ride more than the snowy train journey. How are you this week?

27 Apr, 2015

 

You had a lovely time, Karen, thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear you've got a cold. I get one about every 5 years or so, so I shouldn't complain, but as this is one of those times, I'm miserable. It's in its 10th day and though I feel a lot better in myself, I just cannot shift it. Oh well - it can't last much longer. Hope yours is a swift one!

Daffy is wonderful! Don't they all look happy?

27 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi! I find that Sanatogen tonicsometimes helps to shift the last vestiges of a stubborn virus...and vit.C. Hope you feel fully well soon!

27 Apr, 2015

 

What wonderful scenery - and it sounds to have been actioned packed - I like your pictures especially Daffy - yes you are right nature is cruel why do they have to eat each other - what a shame - have a good week in your garden - Jane

27 Apr, 2015

 

Its snowing heavy here now Jane! :(((

27 Apr, 2015

 

The vistas of the marshes are beautiful, sorry abot Daffy's chicks and also you cold, maybe a hot toddy would help?

27 Apr, 2015

 

A memorable weekend,Karen,in spite of the variations in the weather! I bet you were glad you had your hat :o) nice pic too ...The ducklings and Daffy are adorable,but a sad fate for some of them..poor little things..Your friends garden could almost be part of the beach area..what a vista they have..We are forecast another frost tonight..and last nights, has burnt a lot of the new red foliage,on everyone's Pieris shrubs..so disappointing..I hope your cold disappears soon..

27 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks both of you. Tes Bloomer, their garden does indeed flow right down to the estuary. They can canoe out of their garden..its lovely!

27 Apr, 2015

 

The view from their back garden is so beautiful - what peace.

April has been a 'funny month' hasn't it?!! Loved your snowy pics though!

27 Apr, 2015

 

I did say last week it would probably snow soon!

28 Apr, 2015

 

had to have some antibiotics, skin infection in leg, but it has taken 10 days so far and I am only just beginning to feel a little better, think I am on the mend. Just had a bit of a tidy up and absolutely cream crackered, but that would be just as I expect after not doing much for nearly 2 weeks. So catching up with goy. hope your cold is going and you are feeling better.

28 Apr, 2015

 

Thank you, Karen. I resorted to Night Nurse last night, which helped, but the voice has gone again. Never mind - I think it's in its final throes now! Hope you are feeling better 😊

28 Apr, 2015

 

I feel worse...it will be fine in a few days. Mum...take care x

28 Apr, 2015

 

A bit late finding this blog, what an eventful weekend K, we have an old friend in Spey Bay!! Lovely scenery, and Daffy's delightful....hope by now you are over the worst of your cold.:-[

3 May, 2015

 

Hi Angela...I thought I was, but today I have absolutely no energy. I'm actually sitting/lying in the pod watching the clouds whizz by. Went out early to get fertiliser for the Apple trees and pond algae treatment, but thats as far as I got. Its sunny here today, but still very cold.

4 May, 2015

 

We have gale force winds now!! blown my climbing Hydrangea away from the fence, taken ages to get it to grip!! hey ho
Sorry to hear you are still under the weather!! once we get some better weather you will be fine, honest x

5 May, 2015

 

Sorry to hear the gales have nuked your hydrangea Angela! You're so right about needing some warmer weather. It cant come soon enough. Its been chucking it down all day here, and clear now but due to start raining again very soon and continue all the way to tomorrow afternoon. Oh well...the plants will grow. Its also freezing cold! :(

5 May, 2015

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