It was a lovely day in Scotland. The sun was shining; the sky was BLUE. I've never seen sky so blue anywhere else in the world – and I've been soooo many places, ya know. Just one day after the joy of the Cartie Race festival, another friend took me out to Balmoral Castle, the royal residence in Scotland.
You can find out anything you want to know about it here. I will show you pictures of the things I found interesting!
It was a lovely day. Did I say that before? It is always worth celebrating a lovely sunny day in Scotland! We drove along the river Dee and stopped in a little town to walk the dog and have tea.
One must be fortified with tea and scones to go for a walk along the Dee.
It was a lovely day. So, we actually never went inside the castle. We walked around the grounds, through the gardens and the compost heaps and the pony stalls. We talked to the chickens. There were different varieties. Some of them were probably Rhode Island Reds. I guess they aren't native Scots chickens.
The growing season tends to be rather short here, as you can see from the garden. The only way anyone can grow tomatoes or peppers is by putting up a greenhouse.
Here, the gardeners actually start their runner beans in cold frames.
And have plenty of fences around – at least for keeping the cold wind down a little.
Well, Scotland is rather far north 57 degrees — close enough to the arctic circle to have a very short night. I'll show you pictures in another blog later on. Here are some other things they did with their vegs:
We saw the ponds.
I sat on a bench that the queens have surely sat on!
and saw lovely rhodendrons madly blooming in June.
Then we had a lovely picnic at the side of the Dee, with the river gurgling along and Jodie attempting to beg food from me, thinking I'd be an easier mark than her vet mom. [Wrong.]
We visited the Queen's Kirk across the street where I bought a tea towel. Every big cathedral and little kirk ha
s a little shop with their own tea towels.
And visited another little Deeside town where we wandered through the heritage and tourist trap souvenir stores. And then had a scrumptious tea a the hotel. At which time it decided to rain. So, we went home. Rested and happy.