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A Saturday drive

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Yesterday, while OH went golfing, I took myself off for a drive. First I went to Brechin, with the intention of looking at the Cathedral. I haven’t been there for about 20 years! Well, when I got there I decided not to go inside…I’ve honestly never been a fan of Victorian churches, I think once you’ve visited Canterbury Cathedral you’re pretty much spoiled for any other Cathedral!…but there is a very old tower attached to the cathedral dating from about 12th Century. It is one of only two towers of this type in Scotland. There are more of this type of tower in Ireland. The Brechin tower is 86’ tall and has 7 floors internally, all with a diameter of 8’. It had several functions, including a store for precious goods and a sanctuary for clergy in times of danger.

Hope you can read this, if you’re interested…

The tower door

The tower now attached to the cathedral

I do love REALLY old buildings! and there are not so many in Scotland to discover…unless you go to the Islands where all the Iron Age settlements are of course.

After that, I drove on unfamiliar roads out of the town and in to the country and eventually found myself on the main Aberdeen Road. I actually like taking new routes…always a bit of an adventure. I decided to take the next exit towards Montrose. There was a meeting on in the museum which I thought I might go to…about local archaeological digs. But when I got in to the town I decided I couldn’t be bothered with the meeting…so I decided to go to the National Trust owned ‘House of Dun’ which I have visited a few times, but never looked around the inside. I thought that since OH wasn’t with me, I might take the tour, (he wouldn’t enjoy it) and have some lunch there in their cafe which is very good.

Funny thing was, once I got there, I couldn’t be bothered waiting for the next tour. You can’t go in unless you take the tour, so I had a quick look around the grounds and then decided that since I was getting hungry, instead of going in the cafe, I would head home. Funny sort of a trip eh? Lots of ideas, none of them followed through! Must have been in a ‘right strange’ mood! lol… I think I really just needed to get away from the house for a while.

Entrance to the stables and courtyard at House of Dun

A lovely Urn in the grounds at the front of the house, or is it the back….anyway, there were loads of these urns and I would love just one like this!

The South facing side of the walled gardens is covered with Espaliers which are all hanging heavy with apples and pears…the pears were really laden!

The Walled Garden from steps leading to the house.

A lovely white rose and hips in the walled garden.

House of Dun from the walled garden to the east. Not a stately home, just a ‘modest 18th Century Country house’ built in 1730 by William Adam. I don’t know about you, but I find it a little bleak to be honest, which is strange because I usually really like Georgian Houses. I must visit the inside next time.

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Wonderful visit KS.Seeing the pears in your photo,We have a neighbours's tree that overhangs into our garden.The pears are falling(on our side!) in heaps.They are so juicey.Unfortunately they are attracting wasps .Have been stung twice on the leg!!!Serves me right!

18 Sep, 2011

 

It's nice sometimes to just have a mooch around and suit yourself. You had a nice day for it anyway and I really love those "original" old stone planters covered in lichen they just blend in with the plants.

18 Sep, 2011

 

What a wonderful Place - loved the photos - love the wall with Espaliers!!!!!

18 Sep, 2011

 

I love to visit the gardens of old estates. My husband Barry visited the House of Dun when I was busy painting a portrait in Elgin ( Whiskey people!!!!) He enjoyed it. Maybe next time Karen.

18 Sep, 2011

 

Beautiful pictures, good day for chilling out, that is what you have to do sometimes. Love the gardens and that Georgian house is amazing, agreed though it does look bleak. Love the round arch in the front of it was it a metal one?

18 Sep, 2011

 

Ouch Meadowland! You be careful!

Troddles, those planters were the loveliest thing in the garden I think...I thought they were gorgeous!

Paul, those pear trees were a sight, especially the red pears! I could have pinched one, there was nobody about...but I'm not cheeky enough!

Linda...it's a date!

Oliveoil...yes a metal one, and there is a crown on top, but the ivy has not yet reached up there...maybe next year! All very formal though isn't it...some lovely shrub roses, but they were all past by now. There isn't a cottagey part to the garden, nor any herbaceous borders...nothing really to excite, except those wonderful fruit espaliers and the fabulous pleached avenues leading to the stables.

18 Sep, 2011

 

There is a nice woodland garden on the other side of the driveway though...lovely walk through there but a very steep bank down to the stream and a very high footbridge over it....I felt quite dizzy walking across!

18 Sep, 2011

 

In spite of your can't be bothered I hope you enjoyed your day out as much as the rest of us. I love that pergola with the ivy growing up it. I just blew the photo up and can see there are some white benches there. Nice comfy seats and I'd have that in my garden.

18 Sep, 2011

 

What an incredible place! Simply stunning! Thanks for sharing.

18 Sep, 2011

 

I enjoyed that very much, Karen. I have been past the House of Dun many times, but never gone in.

There are lots of Pictish symbol stones in that area...have you ever seen them? They fascinate me...nobody has ever managed to crack the codes in the symbols...

19 Sep, 2011

 

I love the tower and the little door Karen. It must be a very scary climb to the top though. I went up the tower at Warwick Castle a couple of years ago and started to have a panic attack, no going down so I had to keep going up. That sort of thing never bothered me before. I was glad to get to the bottom of the second tower and back out into the sunshine.
The urn is beautiful, maybe a smaller version for our gardens Lol x

19 Sep, 2011

 

The urns are only small Annie, no bigger than a foot tall. I don't know if you can go up the tower at Brechin, but I wouldn't fancy it...too small and closed in.

Karen, I have seen some of the Pictish stones in Angus, yes. They are really fascinating. They have a Pictish visitor centre at Brechin called 'Pictavia' and it's a good day out, but to be honest, we know so little about those Picts, I find it a little frustrating because most of it is just guess work.

Thanks Lil and Scotsgran...glad you liked my day out!

19 Sep, 2011

 

Lovely blog Karen. I agree about the towers in Ireland. There are quite a few around the south coast and I remember learning about them at school. A lot of them were built by the Normans. Hope my memory is not letting me down on that one. Also the Picts, so I was told were originally a tribe in Ireland several thousand years ago, so it is unlikely that much more will learned about them. Very impressive place you visited and I too admire the urns. Well we can dream. And, incidentally my dream last night was not so grand, I was pulling up weeds in the lawn and the roots were about a foot long, and that was it!!! All the best...

20 Sep, 2011

 

LOL Breda! Happy weeding! Interesting about the Picts coming over from Ireland. It seems that we have been importing the Irish for ever!! :)))

20 Sep, 2011

 

what a great looking place..i love the tower and the wall looks fascinating..was there a pattern to the apple and pear trees..

a great day out by the looks of it and great pictures thanks so much for sharing this gem

21 Sep, 2011

 

Thanks Skip..no not a pattern really, just a very long wall, about 100m I would guess, with espaliers all the way along....really stunning and extremely productive! I noticed that they have an 'apple and pear day' later this month...I must find out what that involves...perhaps they just sell them all off! It's a NTS building, so nobody lives there.

21 Sep, 2011

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