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The Boxroom celebrate 15 years Scottesque at Rosehip & Tutu Travel : Cape of Good Hope Delgatie Castle Laird’s Kitchen

June 2011 Deeside Edition Your Personal Copy

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Hello again, Thanks for taking the time to pick up this the second issue of the Deeside gazette.

McEwen restaurant in Aberdeen also boasts a large selection of loose leaf teas. I do recommend popping in for afternoon tea and sampling a few.

The Boxroom in Banchory is celebrating 15 years of business. Jane Robinson popped along to find out a little bit more about this little treasure.

Fred has been out and about discovering some local history facts about Drum Castle which you might find useful.

If you are looking for some unique, stylish clothes then read about the Scottesque brand which is available online and also at the Rosehip & Tutu boutique in Rosemount, Aberdeen.

As I go about the deliveries it is lovely to see the wonderful gardens on display, for those that wish to be inspired by other people’s gardens then there is an article about gardens to visit whilst you are on holiday in England, Scotland and Wales!

Delgatie Castle near Turriff is also another treasure. It has just won an award for it’s amazing home bakes - so definitely worth a visit if you are out and about. The Paula

I have managed to find a few things for you to do locally on the What’s On page but please do tell us about up and coming events.

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Delgatie Castle wins national award for its homebaking Having recently been awarded a national award for its home baking after it was nominated by customers who love its cakes and scones, Delgatie is a place where the quality is always maintained. Melanie Andrews,the Helensburgh caterer who launched the award, was determined to showcase tearooms that bake on the premises from scratch! Melanie described the Lairds Kitchen at Delgatie... “This is a fabulous ancient castle in Turriff just off the A947 Aberdeen to Banff Road. You arrive in the grounds and take a step back in time- old world rustic charm and not commercialised to the hilt –completely charming. But the story to be told is even more charming. Joan, the baker, chief cook, housemaid and manager of the whole shebang is quite a woman and a true loyal scot to the Castles predecessor. Joan is the true spirit of what Scots people are and she practically runs the castle single handed with the help of her trusted companion Donna. You absolutely must try this castle and the Laird’s Kitchen if in this neck

of the woods- not only for the experience but for the chance of eating excellent home baking in the kitchen of this ancient castle. The baking is just the way my Gran taught me many moons ago and is truly fantastic. We were generously handed a full dark gingerbread to take away which did not last long on the journey home. An Absolute must for Joan’s storytelling and baking alone. Keep the spirit alive Delgatie!” Joan Johnson, Trustee of the Delgatie Castle Trust was delighted that so many of her customers had made nominations to the Scottish Home Baking Awards. She has always strived to provide cakes and scones which always leave you wanting more. Joan commented ‘to receive such an award following nominations from the public is wonderful. We have always taken pride in being able to offer fresh home baking every day at the castle since the Laird’s kitchen opened almost 20 years ago and to have this recognition is a real honour.’ Delgatie Castle is open to the public every day from 10 am - 5pm until the 20th December. Visitors do not need to tour the castle to visit the “Laird’s Kitchen”

Delgatie Castle Delgatie Castle, best visitor experience award winner is a unique Delgatie Castle, is a best visitor and interesting castle with the ambiance of a lived in home.

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The ‘Lairds Kitchen’, voted the 17th best place to have afternoon andoffers interesting castle withonthe tea in Britain, a lunch menu building its already excellent ambiance of a lived in home. reputation for scones and home-made delicious cakes. Delgatie Castle, Delgatie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 5TD The ‘Lairds Kitchen’, Scottish Tel: 01888 563479 www.delgatiecastle.com

Home Baking Award winner, offers a lunch menu, building on its already excellent reputation for scones and home-made delicious cakes.

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Why notDelgatie pay usCastle, a best visitor experience award winner is a unique visit today!and interesting castle with the ambiance of a lived in home. The ‘Lairds Kitchen’, voted the 17th best place to have afternoon teaOpen in Britain, offers a lunch menu building on its already excellent reputation 10am - 5pm for scones and home-made delicious cakes. Delgatie Castle, Delgatie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 5TD Tel: 01888 563479 www.delgatiecastle.com

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opened their new dental practice in Cults on Tuesday 3rd May. Chris Pumford BDS a long standing partner of Queens Road Dental Practice and his team have moved. Dr Pumford said, “After many years of working in the City Centre, I am delighted to be setting up my new practice in Cults, and be part of the community of which I will endeavour to provide the highest quality dentistry in a relaxed and caring environmentâ€?. The practice ethos is all about preventative dentistry, listening to their patients needs and helping them achieve their ultimate desire. A beautiful smile creates confidence and gives us a sense of wellbeing and improves our general health. We work in partnership with our patients to inspire them to achieve their aspirations. State of the art techniques are used from white fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, tooth whitening, invisible braces and dental implants. At dental inspirations we are committed to preventative dentistry. All our plans are designed to help you reach optimum dental health, helping you understand how to look after the health of your mouth and keep it free from tooth decay and gum disease. Over time, patients who participate in a preventative programme of regular examination and hygiene visits are shown to have a much reduced need for treatment. We also have a range of plans to suit individual needs. Our plans will benefit you with no registration fee; a welcome bag of dental sundries; comprehensive dental health assessment; preventative care for long term dental health; hygiene therapy tailored to your needs; oral cancer screening; affordable monthly payments (starting from ÂŁ7) and worldwide dental accident and emergency cover. We have a range of exciting new opening offers for a limited period only including 1/2 price New Patient Consultation, free Smile Consultation with no obligation and Free Implant Consultation with no obligation. Please contact us for further details. We welcome you and your family to our practice.

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Health and Beauty Bites and Stings When an insect bites or stings you, it makes a small hole in your skin, usually in order to feed on your blood. The sting will contain chemicals which are an irritant and will trigger a very mild through to a very severe reaction. Most stings are unnoticed at the time except those of bees and wasps, but the swelling and itchiness that follows brings it to your notice. If you can still see the sting in the wound you should remove it as soon as possible. It is better to scrape it out than to use tweezers as pinching it can cause the venom sac to further deposit its contents into your skin. There is one important exception to this though, and that is if you have a tick which has latched itself onto any part of your body. This will look rather like a dark, swollen tag mole and it must be completely removed otherwise

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you risk developing Lyme disease. You can use tweezers to remove a tick ensuring you pull straight up rather than twisting the tick out. If you are unsure how to do this consult your GP. If your skin becomes particularly itchy as a result of being bitten, a flannel soaked in cold water and taking paracetamol or ibuprofren can relieve the discomfort. Over the counter preparations may also help, or if you are really suffering, your GP will prescribe crotamiton cream. Antihistamines may be recommended to help reduce the reaction. Finally, despite the temptation, try to avoid scratching the area as this increases the risk that the bite will become infected, especially if your hands are dirty.

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Garden View : This month - Take a Holiday


I love looking at my garden for sure. When I see the results of all my labours I get a nice warm glow. But as much as I like looking at my own garden there is a part of me which is insatiably curious about other people’s gardens too. It’s always a pleasure to see the product of another’s horticultural vision and it can be inspiring to see how someone has tackled a particular problem, from damp shade to impoverished soil. A few years ago I came across a delightful book in the Alastair Sawday range of guides, called Special Places to Stay - British Bed and Breakfast for Garden Lovers. It’s packed full of quirky, eccentric and downright beautiful places to stay in England, Scotland and Wales. There are Bed and Breakfasts, small hotels and holiday cottages. Some are on organic farms and a couple are even on islands. Each property has been selected for its warm welcome and hospitality as well as for its beautiful grounds. Some even offer gardening courses.

If you don’t want to commit to a holiday but you enjoy looking at other people’s gardens then the National Garden Scheme (NGS) was tailor-made for you. Every year hundreds of private gardens are opened to the public on certain days and the entrance fees charged go to charity. The gardens range from tiny to several acres but all are inspiring. The NGS publish their informative Yellow Book annually but they also have an easy-to-navigate website at www.ngs.org.uk. Oddly, although it’s called the National Garden Scheme Scotland doesn’t get a mention. But thankfully I did discover that the wonderful Scotland’s Garden Scheme (SGS) plugs the gap nicely. Find them at www.gardensofscotland.org. Whether you want to get away from it all or simply fancy a day away from your own plot garnering some inspiration I hope I’ve given you some ideas. Have a happy gardening holiday

The book has recently been republished in its sixth incarnation. The photographs alone are worth the cover price and there are handy gardening hints scattered throughout. If you fancy a weekend away with a horticultural twist, look no further than this little book. Find their website at www.sawdays.co.uk If you enjoy visiting National Trust properties did you know that the organisation owns more than 60 holiday cottages located in or right next to its many spectacular gardens? They offer short and longer breaks so check them out at www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk

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No-cook Strawberry Cheescake

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No-cook Strawberry Cheescake Serves 8-12 Prep 30 mins plus one hour chilling time for base and overnight chilling for the cheesecake Ingredients Base 250g digestive biscuits 100g unsalted butter, melted Filling 1 vanilla pod 600g soft cheese (Quark or Philadelphia work well) 100g icing sugar 284ml pot double cream Topping 400g punnet strawberries 25g icing sugar 1 tsp water For the base: Butter and line a 9 inch / 23cm loose-bottomed tin with greaseproof paper. Put the biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a bowl, and then pour over the melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are coated thoroughly. Tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr to set firmly. This is important – if the base isn’t set properly it will break up and become mixed with the filling later. For the filling: Slice the vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds using the back of a kitchen knife. Place the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla seeds into a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the cream and continue beating on a slow-medium speed until the mixture is completely combined. Spoon this cream mixture on to the biscuit base, working from the edges inwards. Smooth the top of the cheesecake down with the back of a dessert spoon. Leave to set in the fridge overnight. To serve: Bring the cheesecake to room temperature, about 30 mins before serving. To un-mould, place the base on top of a can, run a round-bladed knife around the edge of the cheesecake first then carefully pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and the base of the tin. For the topping: Purée half the strawberries in a blender or food processor with 25g icing sugar and 1 tsp water, then sieve to remove the seeds. Pour the puree over the cheesecake and top with the remaining strawberries and more puree.

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History of the FSB

committee. In addition, there is a national committee which includes representatives from each regional committee.

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) was originally known as the National Federation of Self-Employed (NFSE). It was founded in 1974 by Norman Small in response to the introduction of Class 4 National Insurance contributions, which represented an additional tax burden on the selfemployed and the owners of small businesses.

An annual national conference is staged in a different city each year and the three day event features a full business programme with a number of guest speakers, in addition to a number of social and business networking events.

Mr. Small invited anyone affected by the new tax to attend a meeting in his home town of Lytham St.Annes. At that meeting he put forward the idea of an organisation designed to promote the voice of the self-employed. Similar meetings in other parts of the country followed and within nine months the NFSE had a membership of 25,000 with 200 new members joining every day. The current name for the organisation was adopted in 1991 and continues to go from strength to strength with a current membership of over 205,000 members across the UK. Grouped into 33 regions, it has 194 branches around the country. Each branch and in turn, each region has its own

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The Boxroom Celebrates 15 Years Of Success Words and Photos By Jane Robinson

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Home and Garden Is there anything better than a good de-cluttering session? Answer, yes...a good decluttering session that is not only environmentally sound but can benefit our local community too. The Boxroom is just such a place, and as it celebrates its 15th anniversary this month, it continues to expand and flourish. A charitable organisation, it allows the people of Deeside to recycle and re-use furniture, bric-a-brac , household goods, prams and bicycles while helping those who might need a little support after difficult times. Based in Banchory, the organisation dramatically reduces the amount of waste going to landfill sites by creating a system whereby used items can be sold or passed on to a good cause. Whether you are replacing your furniture or you are on the look-out for something a little different to buy, The Boxroom could be the place for you. As The Boxroom’s desire to be as ‘green’ as possible extends beyond recycling, the delivery van is a dual-fuel vehicle which has been designed to minimise pollution. This van can pick up goods throughout the area, and can also deliver furniture that has been sold on. In 2003 The Boxroom won a ‘Green Butterfly’ Award from the Aberdeenshire Environmental Forum in recognition of its achievements. Over the years, it has continued to find ways of reducing waste... since last year, it has run a container at the local Recycling Depot into which people can

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Brenda Larkin, and Linda Holland place unwanted items that are still in good working order. These items are also sold on. An important part of the charity’s work is that it can offer practical support to families and individuals who might be in need, and it continues to offer this service right across Deeside and beyond. Many families and individuals have benefitted from the service over the years, and it continues to play a vital role in the community. However, none of this work could happen without the dedication and hard work of an army of volunteers, around 25 people who willingly give hours of their time and expertise to the organisation. The Boxroom are always looking for volunteers, so if you have a few hours to spare, the office would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact www.cvsa.co.uk to find out more. Or, if you have any unwanted furniture, beds, domestic appliances or other household goods in an undamaged and serviceable condition that you would be happy to donate to a good cause, you can contact The Boxroom on 01330 823800. Or, you can drop in yourself and pick up a bargain. Opening hours are 10am -2.30 on weekdays and 9am -1pm on Saturday. You can find it The Boxroom at Unit 5, Tillybrake Industrial Estate, Banchory, AB31 5UN.

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Tartan Chic


Based in the recently refurbished Independent Rosemount boutique Rose Hip & Tutu.

Scottesque is a design house

specialising in tartan designs. Pairing traditional cloth with other high quality fabrics, Scottesque offer a new and feminine way to include tartan in your wardrobe.

The website, www.scottesque.co.uk, launching in early June, will provide the opportunity to view new designs, sign up for the Newsletter, include details of special in-store events and promotions, link to the facebook page and offer online sales for a selection of the ready to wear collection. Whilst ordering online is convenient, customers visiting the shop can choose fabric pairings for a personal twist on the off-the-peg collection. And, when it comes to special occasions, it’s nice to have something out of the ordinary. Scottesque offer a bespoke design service to ensure that your one-off outfit is perfect for the event. Be it a Summer Ball or a Wedding, whether you’re the bride, graduating or just want to feel a bit special, we can create the perfect gown for you. So, for the personal touch, call Janet or Sally on 01224 622522 to arrange a design consultation, or just pop in ... we’d love to see you!

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Homes and Interiors

Something Old Something New Words : Katherine Sorrell

Unexpected and individual, unique and environmentally friendly, well-made and timelessly appealing – how does this sound? Whether we’re talking vintage, retro, antique or, erm, just plain old, there are heaps of good reasons why adding a well-chosen selection of ‘mature’ furnishings to any room scheme can be enormously successful. Old pieces make a statement, have a fascinating history and are built to last. The quality of old pine, for example, is vastly superior to that of new pine (and a nicer colour, too), and old mirrors are much more flattering. What’s more, including even just one antique piece in an otherwise-modern room will add texture and subtle individuality. But just how do you combine old with new, contemporary with classic? Especially when the aim is to be both good-looking and practical, with a look that won’t go out of fashion in the next five minutes.

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As with all interior design schemes, it’s best to start by assessing your room. Measure it and draw a plan, marking in such key elements as windows, doors, built-in cupboards, radiators, light fittings, plus sockets and so on. Do you need to make any structural changes? If so, now’s the time. If the structure is fine, consider the room’s size and shape, and whether its architectural style will affect the way in which you decorate. Work out where furniture will go, and whether you have too much or too little of it. Now you have a good idea of what type of things you’ll need to look out for – whether you’re planning a trip to the high street, a charity shop, car boot sale or auction house. The next important principle is to concentrate on timeless designs. If it’s well designed, whatever era it dates from, it will work with other pieces. Another good rule is to keep floors, walls and woodwork neutral. They won’t date and, more importantly, won’t clash with your one-off furnishings. On a similar note, avoid having more than one, or perhaps two, ‘statement’ pieces in a room. When you have chosen a piece that you really love, you can build a scheme around it. It could be a chaise longue, a lamp or a hand-made vase – try to complement its characteristics with

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other key pieces and to provide a pleasant contrast with others. It’s a subtle one, this. Too much contrived matching and the room will look forced; too many contrasting elements and it will lack coherence. It all comes down to a combination of instinct and trial and error – just keep on trying until everything feels right. Colour can be an excellent ally, drawing together disparate items so that they co-ordinate well. It could be that you re-upholster an old armchair and choose co-ordinating cushions for a new sofa, adding in a picture with elements of the same colour, or a vase in a complementary shade. Bingo! An appealing room appears as if by magic. And of course, the easiest and cheapest transformation of all is to repaint. Tables, cabinets and sideboards, wardrobes and chests of drawers, and in particular wooden chairs and stools, can all be rescued, restored and transformed quite easily. A selection of cheap wooden chairs, for example, will look fabulous painted the same matt off-white, no matter how disparate their style – a superbly simple way to mix old and new. A paint job is ideal for a junk-shop find or an old Ikea purchase – though obviously not for valuable antiques. Changing knobs and handles can also make a dramatic difference, giving a vintage feel to a cheap, modern piece, or adding a touch of class to something frumpy and old-fashioned. If you’re feeling bold, you can even add or remove mouldings, replace solid doors with glazing, or fit additional hanging rails or hooks.

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The final guideline is perhaps the most important of all: don’t forget function. Old or new, every piece you choose should do its job brilliantly. Mend that sticking drawer or wobbly chair and then you can be as bold and imaginative as you dare, putting together rooms that are as enjoyable to live in as they are to look at. Katherine Sorrell’s new book, The Vintage Modern Home, is out now, published by Merrell at £24.95.

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Calling Deeside Ballerinas By Jane Robinson Who did a bit of ballet when they were young? Do you still have the photos? And if so, are they just a few ‘happy snappies’ taken from the back of a hall somewhere? Wouldn’t it have been lovely if someone had taken a little time and applied a little expertise to the task of preserving those memories? That is exactly the thought behind Torphins photographer Suzanne Edge’s latest project. With two small children of her own, Suzanne has often used her family as models, and is therefore an expert at taking portraits of children. Having discovered that people often relax better when they are involved in an activity, she began to take shots of children as they were dancing. The results are a stunning collection of portraits of young ballerinas.

Having trained as a doctor, Suzanne had always been interested in photography as a hobby. Once she became a mother, she was keen to find a way of working from home and discovered that her love of photography was the answer. Having set up in business on her own, she joined ‘Mumpreneurs’ in Torphins which enabled her to network locally as her business grew. Having exhibited her children’s portraits with Deeside Camera Club in 2010, part of the North East Open Studios event, she has set up the Ballerina Portrait Award. She is hoping to find young ballerinas who are happy to take centre stage and to experience portrait photography. The results will be presented at an exhibition later in the year.

If you would like to take part in the award, or would like to find out more, go to www.suzanneedge.co.uk or call 013398 89275.


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Head for the top of Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula spreads below you, a dramatic finger of land jutting out 60 km into the ocean, bristling with peaks, fringed with rugged cliffs, coves and bays and pockets of suburbia surprisingly at ease in this stunning National Park, on the very edge of Cape Town. It’s easy to forget the courage of early explorers as they sailed down the coast to round Africa’s most south-westerly point. Battered, as it was then, by the cool waters of the Atlantic, the western shore is peppered with exclusive villas – think Madonna, Beckham or Elton John - and sandy beaches such as Camp and Hout Bay, renowned for their seafood restaurants and romantic sunsets. Inland, the road climbs over craggy mountains, skirts vineyards and riding stables and, here and there, a thatched cottage straight out of rural England, before reaching the nature reserve. Stretching from the west coast, with its rich ‘forest of kelp’, to the eastern shore and the usually calm waters of False Bay, these wild open lands are covered with fynbos, an ancient scrub with over 1000 indigenous plants, including the bright King Protea and orange Pincushion, making the Western Cape the smallest but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. The wild life follows suite. Ramblers might spot antelopes and zebras, ostriches, 250 species of birds and Chacma baboons who have bred here for a million years. Out at sea, Southern Right whales, dolphins and seals frolic in the waves. Whatever the season, the weather may well take a turn for the worse when you approach the Cape of Storms, so called by the Portuguese explorer Dias who discovered it in 1488. Later Vasco de Gama renamed it the Cape of Good Hope, honouring the new passage to the East and its lucrative trading route. Africa’s most south-westerly point was long thought to be the meeting place of the

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Indian and Atlantic oceans, but this is in fact found 150 km or so to the east, depending on prevailing winds. Standing on the legendary Cape of Good Hope is awesome but even more spectacular is its neighbour, Cape Point, on the south-eastern tip of the peninsula. Come gale force winds or driving rain, redwing starlings twitter along the path all the way to the cliff top. Whether you walk up to the lighthouse or take the funicular, Cape Point truly rises like the end of the world, often drifting in low cloud and mist, parting now and then to reveal the last sliver of land edged with vertiginous cliffs. There is nothing ahead of you but vast churning waters melting into an ever changing sky. After such untamed wilderness, the east coast greets you like a breath of fresh air with warm sheltered waters, sweeping sands and quiet villages with colourful harbours and cobbled streets. There’s Cork Bay, all ceramics and fishing boats, Fish Hoek, framed by mountains or Simon’s Town remembering its illustrious visitors, Nelson and Kipling. Just minutes away, a colony of jackass penguins live on Boulders beach, digging their nests in the sand, basking on the rocks, wobbling in and out of the water, untroubled by noisy Egyptian geese and cormorants. Fluffy babies peep out of the holes, the most endearing residents on the tip of Africa. By Solange Hando


Above: Sign at Cape of Good Hope Below: Penguins on Boulders Beach

On the Tip of Africa The Cape Peninsula


History on your doorstep There is some confusion as to when the building of Drum Castle first started, but its purpose must have been to protect the crossings over the River Dee. Whoever controlled those crossings and the tracks to them, could control the North -East of Scotland, the Laigh of Moray, and the road to Inverness. One suggestion that a Tower was built between around 1280’s, during the reign of King Alexander III; another possibility would be between the time when Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone in 1306 and 1323; but the experts have noticed a change in the stonework at second floor level, so it could be that a small tower was there when the Forest of Drum was handed over the care of William de Irewine on 1 February, 1323 by King Robert. The lower stonework is very similar to that of Brig of Balgownie which was started about 1285. When you visit Drum Castle, it is the massive early Tower you notice first which would originally have been surrounded by a defensive wall called a ‘barmekin’ enclosing byres, stables, stores and a courtyard. You can see part of a similar structure remaining at Craigevaar Castle. The Tower at Drum is 70 feet high, 50 feet by 35 feet square, and the lower walls are twelve feet thick. It was certainly built to last! The entrance to the Tower is on the south side, the well was on the east, and there are signs that a roof structure was supported by corbels

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on the north suggesting that the courtyard extended round three sides of the Tower. There was also probably a wooden cap-house at the top, within the present wall-walk to protect the look-outs on the battlements. The accommodation in the Tower in the 15th century would be rather uncomfortable, and it would appear that some new building was added for the laird’s private quarters to the west of the tower in the late 15th or 16th century. Then again in the 17th century the main house was built, and the same time, at Muchalls, near Stonehaven, and Craigston near Turriff, and it is possible that certain similarities were due to the same designer of Scottish Baronial Architecture of the period. Drum Castle was damaged and neglected during the Civil War years, and Alexander Irvine, the 18th laird was responsible for many changes, such as the present south-facing frontal design, and The Chapel to the West of the Castle dates back at least to the 15th century, and the earliest burial is dated 1761, Alexander the 17th laird. The chapel has been restored several times, and the existing building is occasionally used for weddings. The garden to the North-East of the castle was in existence before 1660 when it was ravaged by Argyle’s troops, but has been redesigned many times, and is now cared for by the National Trust for Scotland.

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Local History It was Norman custom for the king to make grants of land to his faithful followers. In the same year that King Robert made the grant of Drum to William de Irewine he also granted land nearby to the family of Burnett. Over the next century they built a fortress on an island in the middle of the shallow boggy Loch Leys about three kilometres West of the present castle. As a result, the family became known as the Burnetts of Leys. This type of castle is found on many other sites, and was originally called a Crannog . The water of the loch acted as a moat around the fortress.

Both Drum and Crathes Castles are now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, and are open to the public from April to October.

One story suggests that the tower house of Crathes Castle was built by the sixth laird, Alexander Burnard (1454-1504) and then extensions were started in 1553 but were delayed due to political problems during the reign of Mary Queen of Scots, so that the tower was not completed until 1596 by one of the several heads of the family named Alexander. The Burnett family were also involved at Muchalls Castle and at Monboddo House near Laurencekirk, and a total of 21 castles throughout Scotland. The more modern wing of Crathes Castle was added in the 18th century giving its present appearance but this was burned down in 1960’s and then rebuilt. It has been in the care if the National Trust for Scotland since 1951.

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what’s on round and about Sunday 12th June 2011 Kildrummy Vintage Car Rally For the fourth year the Kildrummy Vintage Car Rally is returning to Deeside Activity Park. The Cars will be on the lawn from around 11 am till 3 pm and you will be able to spot them out on the roads on their road run also. The BBQ will be out and hopefully the sun. More information from www.kildrummy-vintage-rally.org.uk Aboyne

Celebrating Nature - Trees Forests and Us At Burn O Vat Visitor Centre Saturday 4th June 2011, 10:30 - 12:30 A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company: The Chronicles of Irania At MacRobert Memorial Hall, Tarland Friday 10th June 2011, 19:30

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The Dad Factor! Why do we have Fathers’ Day? “Where did Fathers’ Day come from?” asked someone in the pub a couple of months ago. “Ruddy greetings card companies invented it,” came the reply, and this seemed to be the general consensus. Back at home I wondered whether Fathers’ Day really was just the product of a boardroom

meeting at Hallmark, so I set out to investigate. While it seems there is evidence of a Babylonian boy named Elmesu, carving some sort of greeting on a clay tablet 4000 years ago wishing his father health and long life, I don’t think we can say Fathers’ Day started there - mostly because that’s pretty much it for the evidence until about 100 years ago. The most common theory about modern Fathers’ Day is that it originated in the US, and with one particular lady, a Mrs. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. She felt that just as we dedicate a special day to mothers, so we should do the same for fathers. It meant a lot to her, because she and her siblings were raised in a loving

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manner by her own father after her mother died in childbirth. So she began a campaign, and the first Fathers’ Day was held on June 19th (her father’s birthday) in 1910. It grew in popularity and in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring that the third Sunday in June would be Fathers’ Day. Now the waters become murky. How did Fathers’ Day make the leap across the Atlantic? No-one seems to know, but it’s likely that – in the manner of other American traditions - it gradually seeped into the British consciousness. Greetings cards manufacturers definitely played their part though. Never ones to miss a trick, they began producing cards and we bought them. It seems that in the UK, Fathers’ Day really took off in the 1970s but, unlike in the US, it’s never been declared an ‘official’ day. Still, as traditions go it’s a nice one. Fathers often get bad press, and some of them quite justifiably so, but surely that doesn’t mean the good ones should go unrecognised. The role of dads has changed a lot in a generation. Most now take on a substantial amount of child care and are much more hands-on than their own dads were. Research shows that dads who are involved in day-to-day childcare are key figures in helping their children develop good self-esteem and self-confidence. Their rough-play helps children learn a sense of control and independence. Crucially, dads who get involved when their children are young, are much more likely to stay involved and in touch if their marriage breaks down. Dads are important, so let yours know how much you love him this Fathers’ Day

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