It’s been quite a few weeks since Jasper and I have been on a new walk adventure, so this morning I bundled him in to the car and headed for Crathes Castle. I’ve been there countless times, but usually to the walled garden, the cafe or just a stroll around the castle itself, never round the forest walks. I really shouldn’t be surprised anymore, about how amazing these forest walks turn out to be! They keep getting better and better.
We did the red track, from west to east, and I almost stopped half way and just cut back down the main road that leads up to the castle, but boy am I glad I didn’t, as we ended up walking by the river, and along boardwalk across the river! The moment I hear flowing water, I’m won over! I love being near water. Throw in the added excitement of boardwalks over flooded marshes and I’m extra happy! Once again, discovering fantastic locations for photo shoots…just need to get the website up and running and get word out there that I am taking bookings again…maybe this week!
It’s funny how some days I do absolutely nothing and wonder what I’m going to take a photo of, and other days I do loads and completely forget to take a photo…this photo was taken around 8pm, on a catch up date with some of my College Girlies. We had a delicious dinner and then a delicious, decaf, beverage at Starbucks for dessert! Wild Monday night!
It always blows my mind when months go by between our catch ups, but it only feels like it’s been a few weeks since we last saw each other. Time is moving crazy fast! I’m very thankful for these friendships. I remember being so nervous to go to College…10 years (that can’t be right…surely it’s not been 10 years??) ago, worried I wouldn’t make any friends, because I wasn’t a party girl and much preferred drinking tea and eating a slice of cake, or two, that’s as wild as I got. It was most definitely an answer to prayer when I became friends with 4 lovely ladies, who also liked cake!
Happy Mother’s Day to this wonderful woman! We had Mum, Ali and Lena round for a delicious (if I do say so myself) roast beef dinner to celebrate Mum, and she ended up doing the dishes before and after lunch…she just can’t help herself.
I’m very thankful for all that my Mumsy has done for me over the last 28 (and 3/4) years so it is nice to repay her in even the smallest of ways, like a nice dinner with (half) the family, and a random plant from Marks & Spencer’s. Love you, Mumsy! Please can you look after Jasper next weekend?
We had a very chilled Saturday night, consisting of Indian Takeaway and GTA 5 with Iain, and then binge watching the final episodes of Stranger Things Season 1 when Iain headed back to his ship. It was a good night!
Friday night was Bon Accord Teens Bake Off Round Two! A few months back we split them in to two teams and set them the task of creating the perfect Mary Berry Victoria Sponge…it went surprisingly well, apart from one team forgetting to add butter to their mix. This time they were split in to three teams and challenged to make a swiss roll, and what a hilarious time it was! They all did a really good job. Sadly team one were at a disadvantage as we were using our Church kitchen and the oven took longer to heat up than anticipated, so their swiss roll was definitely the flattest of the bunch…sorry guys! Apart from that it was all a great success! And what’s better, we got them to do all the tidying up afterwards too! Woohoo!
As many of you will be aware, Thursday was International Women’s Day, so I thought I’d practice the old calligraphy again and write something inspirational! I had planned on doing a big long post about it, but unfortunately I don’t have time right now.
Joshua 1 vs 9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Iain’s in town again! Which meant tidying the flat again…and then a delicious dinner at Maggie’s Grill. Couldn’t believe that was the first time we had taken Iain to Maggie’s, from nearly a year of him coming to stay with us before joining his ship. It was most definitely a hit! Iain’s ship is in dry dock in Aberdeen for the next few weeks so we’ll be enjoying his company more often this month, and what’s even more exciting (sorry, Iain) is his fiance, Aaltsje, is able to come over from Lewis for a visit during this trip too! We’ve waited a whole year for this! So, keep your eyes peeled, maybe in a couple of weeks time you’ll be seeing a pretty, Frisian girl on the blog instead of these mugs.
Retired Free Church Minister, Alex Macdonald, and his band put on a concert at our church on Saturday night to raise money for Aberdeen YMCA. After a day of slobbing on the sofa, due to cancelled plans, it was great to get out of the flat and enjoy some live music!
Today was an old school classics baking day! Although, the flapjacks had a slight twist to them, as I had bananas that needed used up so they’re more healthy than the flapjacks Mum used to make when I was younger, and therefore…not as good! The truffles however are as fantastic as ever. So simple, but so delicious! I might go grab one right now…
We’ve had Jasper for a whole year!! Yaaaay! We decided to recreate the picture we took the night we got him. Matthew has a bit more facial hair, Jasper is A LOT bigger and a bit more ginger, and I look like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in days…but I’m all about promoting natural beauty! Don’t worry about how you look, folks, just get in photos! You’ll be thankful you didn’t miss out on capturing big milestones like your dogs adoption day anniversary, haha!
We put his ball beside the lens to get him to look at the camera, foolproof method.