Just wanted to say that I’ve posted about my time in Venice on Getawaywithamy.com
Check it out 🙂
I’ve gone and got myself an actual grown up blog! A .com!! Check it out 🙂 Getawaywithamy
In other news, I’ve decided that this blog is going to be mainly book reviews and baking recipes, while my other blog is going to mainly be travel and lifestyle. I’m going to be focusing mostly on my new blog so, if you’re interested, I hope to see you there! 🙂
Wowee, this week has seemed to have flown by! And I think I’ve spent most of it sorting out stuff for going to Ibiza next month (such as going into Boots to buy moisturiser, seeing that there’s a huge sale on sunscreen, panicking because you have no sunscreen, then literally buying half of the sunscreen because you don’t know what you need, even though you’re only away for four days….)
But anyway! I think I’m sorted. Hopefully, I’m sorted, because I’m back to work Friday and won’t really get another chance before my holidays – where I’m spending my 25th!! So excited! I might actually get to experience summer this year (which Scotland has most definitely not had…)
I spent the weekend at my friend Leanne’s (who is also coming to Ibiza with me) and yesterday we went to visit Huntly Castle. It is absolutely gorgeous (definitely in my top 10. Which I should probably make a list of, just for something to post…). I must admit, I squeaked when we saw the dungeon because I wasn’t expecting the mannequins and it was kinda dark and…yeah. Thankfully, there was no one else around except Leanne, so I didn’t make that much of a fool of myself!
Hello! Guess what?? No links! But, I’ve been busy this week. Monday morning (3am start) headed out to Prague. Got back on Thursday about 10pm (after a five hour stopover in Paris, which wasn’t so bad). Had to leave about 8am the next day to head down to Edinburgh with my Mum, for a quilting course yesterday (I can now – sort of – do cathedral window quilting!) and then I didn’t get back until last night so I haven’t been on my laptop all week and it felt good!
I don’t have any links for you guys (but I have started a new book, so I should have a book review up soon), because I’ve been in FLORENCE! It’s absolutely gorgeous there (although, if I’m honest, I prefer Venice. It was more unique. And not as packed and busy…). So, instead of a weekly roundup, I’m gonna post some lovely pictures of Firenze for you! There are more photos on my Flickr, Pinterest and Wix pages 🙂
Well, today marks the last day of my holidays. One week just isn’t enough! I went exploring on Thursday with three of my friends. New Slains Castle (again) and Knowsie House, which is literally a five minute walk from my house.
It burned down just under 100 years ago and is really cool because it has just been left to the elements. Some of the piping from the heating is still there and there are some cables dangling from early electricity! It’s gorgeous and is like another world. Unfortunately, there’s very little information about this place, so if any of you know anything more, please tell me!
And now for something completely different!
This is going to be a quick post, as I’m back at college now and my break ends in 10 minutes….I’ve been so busy these last couple weeks and now I’m knackered! But I thought I would share a couple of photos of Venice with you all (not them all, as I literally took hundreds. I’m not even kidding…) More photos are on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amsies1390/
Also, my blog is now 2 years old! Happy Birthday Blog!
I literally have all these gorgeous stately houses, castles and amazing ruins on my doorstep and I have hardly been to any of them. I honestly have no idea why as I love that sort of thing.
So, today, I visited both Haddo House and Tolquhon (pronounced ‘Tol-hon’) Castle. I got lots of lovely pictures 🙂 (although I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside of the house itself at Haddo. But I got plenty of the grounds).
This is going to be a very image heavy post. Although I’m not going to post all my photos because I took a lot.
Haddo House belonged to the Georges, who were Earls of Aberdeen (until the early 20th century when they became Marquesses). It was built in 1732 and remained their property until 1979 when they gave it to the National Trust for Scotland. The architect – William Adam – also designed Duff House.
(Haddo House from the back)
(The chapel – which is attached to the house)
In the 1880’s, the Earl’s wife, Ishbel, hated the look of the house and had it completely redone inside (which is what we still see today). She also had a chapel added to the house.
(I think this was Lady Haddo’s garden – the main gardens are a lot more formal)
Queen Victoria was good friends with the Earl, and, in 1857, she stayed at Haddo House for a night. Legend has it that it was the Earl who talked Queen Victoria into buying the nearby Balmoral Castle for a holiday home.
Two miles down the road from Haddo House, Tolquhon (pronounced ‘Tol-hon’) Castle was built between 1584 and 1589 to replace an earlier house which was built in 1420 (the tower of which – on the left of the picture above – was still in tact).
Tolquhon Castle, despite its age (and the fact that it is ruins), is in very good condition. Such good condition, in fact, that you can climb all the towers without having to worry about the stairs crumbling away under your feet.
(The Main Hall)
(The oven in the kitchen)
(Tolquhon Castle from the inside)
The man who built this castle (William Forbes) was a big fan of honey and so had bee boles built so that he could have a near-constant supply. Unfortunately, William didn’t live in the house for very long. He moved in in 1590 and died in 1596.
William’s descendant, Alexander, ended up investing in the scheme to establish Scottish colonies on the Darien peninsula. This didn’t work out at all, which lead to his family becoming bankrupt, which then lead to the eventual selling of Tolquhon Castle to the Earls of Aberdeen (who also owned Haddo House).
I will definitely make sure I visit other castles and such in my area because everything about today was so interesting!