Saturday, 2 August 2014

A walk to Drinnie's Wood Observatory...

On the main road that I turn off from toward my little village is a sign that says to Drinnie's Wood Observatory and after all the years of living here I decided the other day to walk through the village and see if I could find it.  I had been told that it was 'open' in the summer months and as we have had some really lovely weather since I got home, it seemed the right time to venture out and see some of the things on my own doorstep.
So I walked through the village past one of the little cottages that is need of some TLC...

past one that has had some TLC...

past the church and through the village...

and then took a couple of miles walk past farms...

and fields of corn...

and stopped and picked raspberries on the side of the road...

and found a bush of yellow raspberries, which were new to me, never seen them that colour before!

walked some more and finally came to the sign that said I had found it. Yay....

oh, right, a bit further on then through the woods is it?

and a bit further.... hmmm, that sign didn't say how far....

past some firs that had been chopped down...

and past the wooden bench that sort of said that it might be a bit further on than I first thought...

oh heck, another seat?  How much further is it?

ooooh what is that I spy through the trees.... 

Voila! The observatory... 
This is open in the summer months, with a lower viewing area reached via a short stair but the upper deck reached via an inner spiral-staircase. From here there are excellent views over the Forest of Deer and the surrounding countryside. The tower was built by Admiral Ferguson of Pitfour, once the owner of the estate. The grand Pitfour House, once the centrepiece of the estate, was demolished in 1928 and the stone used for a housing scheme in Aberdeen.

and the door was open even though it was only 8 a.m. so I went in and had a look about.

up the staircase to the viewing area... but the trees are so tall around the observatory you can't really see very much from this point.




but if you go up the ironwork spiral staircase that runs up through the middle of the building you get a fabulous view from the top windows.

The top windows give you a complete view of the entire area... well worth the walk and the climb!!  I was sort of tempted to phone home and get Chris to come and get me in the car at this point... I could have met him at the picnic area and saved myself a couple of miles of walking but it was such a lovely day and not too warm so I walked all the way back too! LOL

Monday, 28 July 2014

Enjoying settling back into 'normal' life...

OK... not totally, because sorting out a decade of moving from one place to the next with a few weeks at home to shove the boxes into attics or any other nook and crannie available is not always fun... but you find some stuff that you forgot you had and you find a lot of stuff you wish you didn't have... LOL
Chris and I have now cleared the top of the garage and I even unpacked the last few boxes from 2006 when we came back from South Africa!!  There is only so much African anything that one person can find a spot in their home for.... so most of it went straight to the local charity barn.
we then started on the attic... OMGosh... years and years of  wonderful memories rubbish was disposed of... it took us 5 loads to the local recycle centre as well as a few deliveries to the charity place but it now a very organised and slimline version of what it used to be!  A shelved section for Christmas decorations, another one for my son's childhood toys, a section for our suitcases... voila!! :)
Other than that and a quick trip down south to look at apartments and visit family, I have spent days sorting rooms and cupboards...

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

WOYWW 5th Anniversary!!

This is the state of the desk on this 5th Anniversary of WOYWW... yep, boxed up and ready to go!
This is the rest of the room... the packers come in next Tuesday and load onto the shipping container on the Wednesday, so this will be my last WOYWW from Australia. 
Here is the PIF ATC for the name below mine with an asterisk.. I have sent all the others out already and saved this one for today so its just a case of popping it in the post.
Here is the lovely Pandora, she had her 5th Birthday on Monday this week... and she is not looking forward to her flight home... :(
Tom-Tom says he will cope as long as there are treats at the end of it...  don't think he has figured out that he gets picked up next Monday and flown to Sydney, then they stay in Sydney till their flight on Wednesday to Heathrow... where they get checked over and then boarded for the night and have to catch a flight to Aberdeen in the morning of the 6th June when we will also arrive and go and fetch them from the terminal.  Poor little things.... 
Happy 5th Anniversary of WOYWW to you all but especially to Julia, thank you for thinking o f it, and keeping it going! 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

WOYWW 257

Here we go again.... sung to the well known tune of same name!  Yes, here it is Wednesday already and my desk is looking very bare... except for some ATC's I started for the big swap... but haven't finished yet.
I was actually congratulating myself last week because I am normally in the throws of moving when the WOYWW Anniversary comes around... and here I am in the new house and unpacked already!!  Except I thought too soon... cos we have now been giving our leaving Oz date and it is in 4 weeks.  So I am now in full on get cats paperwork sorted, get lists made, find out about shippers, sell off anything that can't be shipped mode... 
So before I get the packing boxes out of the storage cupboard and start packing again.... (insert your own expletives at this point because all mine are used up) I thought I would take a step back and show you the scraproom before it goes into dismantle mode.  This is my working corner, the scrap desk and computer desk under the window..
and the rest of the room is storage for stash.. oh and little Pandy keeping me company in a cardboard box on the floor... 
So if youa re wondering what I am rabbiting about with visiting desk, check out the leader of the desk snoop, Julia, for all the details.   I will be around to visit peeps, leave me a number to keep the process fast and easy and if anyone wants to swap an ATC... let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

WOYWW 256

It is Wednesday and that means its desk time with What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday lead by our wonderful desk snooper, Julia.
So this is my desk this morning... I have just put the finishing touches to Flat Susan's Journey book that I made for Neet.... poor girl thought it was lost in the post but it was in my UFO box.... LOL
This is the front cover... I have kept it deliberately flattish because this book took on a mind of its own and grew faster than Pinnochio on a bad lieing spree!! 
Side view... yep, it did get a bit chunky, didn't it?
and the drawers in the base didn't really help matters... 
in between the drawers is a little book for Neet to add all the participants names. 
here it is opened up, made with my coffee papers and then stamped 
LOL... would you look at that spine!!  What can I say... sorry Neet, it aint dainty!! 
it's a solid chunk and weighs half a kilo... I know this cos I took it to the post office to see what damage it was going to do my wallet in postage... less said about that the better... 
So the pages are pockets... and there are tags inside all the pockets and on the front of the pockets is.... pockets.... and tags inside those pockets... yep, you get the picture. 
More tags and pockets.... and stamping and rosettes! 
and there it is done.... and off to the post in the morning so look out for it Neet... its heading your way, hope you like it!
Sorry about the long post... mostly photos though... 
I'll be along to visit peeps shortly... leave me your number, it really does speed the process up!