East Aquhorthies Stone Circle

East Aquhorthies Stone Circle is near(ish) Inverurie.

From approach path:-

Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Circle:-

Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Large stones:-

Aquhorthies Stone Circle Larger Stones

Larger Stones Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Live It Up 64: She Sells Sanctuary

This is the sort of guitar-based music you don’t tend to hear these days.

The Cult: She Sells Sanctuary

Interior Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Dining room:-

Dining Room, Drum Castle

Ceiling of Library (formerly the servant’s Hall)

Drum Castle Library Ceiling (Formerly Servant's Hall)

Window recess, Library. Note thickness of the wall, for defensive purposes:-

Drum Castle Library, Window Recess

The muniments room was where the owner did his accounts and doled out money. The chair is said to be very old:-

Drum Castle, Chair in Muniments Room

Door to sitting room:-

Sitting Room, Drum Castle

Sitting room:-

Sitting Room, Drum Castle

Sitting room fireplace:-

Sitting Room Fireplace, Drum Castle

Sitting room ceiling:-

Drum Castle Sitting Room Ceiling

van Dyk portrait of King Charles I in Drum Castle. Sadly photo did not turn out well:-

van Dyk Portrait, Drum Castle

Bedroom:-

Bedroom, Drum Castle

War Death Commemoration, Chapel, Drum Castle. Lieutenant Robert Hugh Irvine, the Gordon Highlanders, aged 22 years, killed at Singapore, 13/2/1942:-

War Commemoration, Chapel, Drum Castle

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

We had a trip up north in October 2018 and visited Drum Castle on the way. The castle was originally built in the 1200s.

Castle from car park:-

Drum Castle

Rear of castle:-

Drum Castle

From grounds:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Drum Castle in Aberdeenshire

Facade and entrance:-

Facade of Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

The external stairway (in photograph 3 above) leads to a door to these stairs. I believe it was the original entrance:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Stairs to Ground Floor

Tower:-

Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire, Tower

Walk round battlements:-

Drum Castle  battlements

Vertiginous view from battlement:-

Drum Castle roof

Historic rose garden:-

Drum Castle, historic rose garden 1

The garden has a human sundial where if you stand in the correct place your body acts as a gnomon. The arc of stones indicates the times of day:-

Drum Castle historic rose garden 13 human sundial 1

The centre portion where you need to stand is marked variously March, April, May, June, July, August, September. I don’t know if the sun is too low in the sky – or too weak – in the winter months:-

Drum Castle historic rose garden 14 human sundial 2


War Grave, Fettercairn

Fettercairn is a village in Aberdeenshire. We stopped in it on a trip up north as the good lady was looking for a dress for our eldest son’s wedding and had discovered there was a dress shop there.

On looking around the village I found the grave of Guardsman J Rendall, Scots Guards, 13/3/1916, aged 22:-

War Grave, Fettercairn

Marykirk War Memorial

A red stone slab pillar built with Celtic bas-relief carving and two cast bronze name panels:-

Marykirk War Memorial

War Memorial, Marykirk

Upper plaque, inscribed, “To the glorious memory of men from Marykirk who fell on active service 1914 – 1919,” Great War names, then below, “May we be worthy of their sacrifice”:-

Great War Names, Marykirk War Memorial

Lower plaque, to, “Those who fell in the Second World War” followed by the names:-

Marykirk War Memorial, WW2 Names

Memorial bench behind memorial:-

Marykirk War Memorial  Bench

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland and is the resting place of the heart of its most famous King, Robert the Bruce. They’re not quite sure exactly where in the Abbey grounds it is buried though.

Abbey panorama:-

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Location of lavatorium (wash place):-

Lavatorium, Melrose Abbey

Pig decoration:-

Melrose Abbey, Pig Decoration

Another pig decoration:-

Pig Decoration Melrose Abbey

It seems the builders were fond of pigs:-

Melrose Abbey Another Pig Decoration

Coat of arms decoration:-

Melrose Abbey Decoration

Vaulting of a later church:-

Melrose Abbey, Vaulting of Later Church

Part of Abbey:-

Melrose Abbey

View of Melrose from Abbey Roof:-

Melrose From Roof of Melrose Abbey

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designed Oak Room at V&A Dundee

This Oak Room was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms, Ingram Street, Glasgow.

After those tea rooms closed for business the room was for many years stored by Glasgow Corporation and then Glasgow Museums.

The construction of the V&A Dundee provided a space for the rooms to be on show to the public once more.

Mackintosh's Oak Room at V&A Dundee

Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Fireplace, Oak Room, V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee, Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Windows, Oak Room, V&A Dundee

More Scottish Design at V&A Dundee

Since Falkland is only about four miles from Son of the Rock Acres I was interested in this picture of Falkland Palace as it looked in mediæval times:-

Picture of Falkland Palace, V&A Dundee

Eduardo Paolozzi designed case for storing catalogues for Nairn Floors Ltd:-

Elephant Case by Paolozzi, V&A Dundee

Turkey Red Designs:-

Turkey Red Designs, V&A Dundee

Geometric brooches:-

Geometric Brooches, V&A Dundee

“Butterfly” Tiara:-

"Butterfly" Tiara, V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee, "Butterfly" Tiara Blurb

Scottish Design, V&A Dundee

Further to my post on Abbotsford, Walter Scott must be one of the few writers to have such a legacy, which I mentioned here.

In the section of the new V&A Dundee (posts passim) devoted to Scottish design there is a model of the Scott Monument the original of which stands in Princes Street, Edinburgh.

Model of Scott Monument:-

Model of Scott Monument

There is also a Robert Adam chimneypiece:-

Adam Fireplace

Some Arts & Crafts furniture:-

Arts and Crafts Furniture

A brooch designed to resemble a galaxy:-

Galaxy Brooch

A poster for the Festival of Britain‘s Industrial Light and Power Exhibition at the Kelvin Hall Glasgow:-

Poster for Festival of Britain Industrial Light and Power Exhibition

And a bookcase/cabinet by George Logan:-

Cabinet by George Logan

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