Monthly Archives: March 2008

King Arthur

I’ve loved this film ever since I saw it at the cinema.  I think it’s totally underrated and very enjoyable.

If you’re interested in the legend of King Arthur, or you simply would like to see a new take on it, this is definitely for you.   Plus if you like men charging around with swords and blood and guts of course.  I like a little Gawain myself…

Oh, and no I don’t believe this is the true story.  It’s just another story like this one.  Which I also like.

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Hello Hypothermia…

…farewell fingers and toes.

My first full weekend of the season at the castle.  It was a bit of a slow start to Saturday, but it picked up a little and we’d had quite a few visitors by the afternoon.

It’s funny, it’s almost like you have to get back into castle mind frame after being closed over the Winter.  Not that you’d forget how to be polite and helpful to visitors of course, or really forget about what we offer at the castle, but after this weekend it’s almost like I’m getting back into my groove.

I have to say though, as the weather has been particularly bad this March the castle is freezing, and as you can imagine heaters only go so far to keeping you and the room at a reasonable temperature when you are standing around in it all day.  Still, it’s quite motivating to keep you moving around and doing some little jobs behind the scenes that make life easier for staff and visitors when you have the time.

Sunday, would it be warmer?  Er, no actually.  Even with extra clothing and no less than 4 trips up and down the spiral staircase by noon I was still freezing.  Note to self, invest in thermal underwear.

Come and laugh at our misfortune by visiting us Wednesday-Sunday 11-5.   All welcome :mrgreen:

You know I wouldn’t change it as I love it.  (Still, thermal donations gratefully received!)

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Rain Stopped Play

I should subtitle this one ‘Fancy a Wii?’ – just because.

Well I managed to fit in the historical research I’m pleased to say, though my idea of fun is going through old musty records. Research is a wonderful thing, sigh.

You know what they say though, be careful what you wish for. I was hoping to squeeze some photography in on Friday, but it absolutely chucked it down with rain in the morning and was pretty windy, though this had calmed slightly by the afternoon the sky was still really grey and I’d given up the thought of attempting anything decent. I’m hoping to get to a ruined castle called Inverallochy soon for reasons that shall become apparent once I explain another time…

I finished Friday being thoroughly thrashed at bowling on the Nintendo Wii by my 6 year old nephews. I’m crushed I tell you…

P.S I’ve been a bad blogfriend the last couple of days and hope to visit some of you shortly, honest.

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Bored With the Snow Now

Well, what can I say?  If I had wanted to go out and do something nice this weekend there was no way it could have happened.  On Good Friday we had howling gales and snow, the latter which settled overnight into Saturday which any of my regular readers will know forced the castle to close for the day.

Easter Sunday had more snow settle overnight, but thankfully though it snowed and hailed all day, we were able to open the castle for the Easter event, taking the hunt inside the castle.  We had a great and loyal turnout – thank you to all of you that came on Sunday – I hope you had a great time.

It was a pleasantly busy day (though cold in the Library even with heaters – note to any aspiring castle guides – always wear at least 2 jumpers in the winter and consider ski socks and gloves) unfortunately I was too busy and cold for that matter to take any photos – sorry!  It has continued to chuck down snow all today as well, so I imagine it was much the same at the castle, though I had to work at my day job and wasn’t there.

Hoping to go out with my camera and have other historical things to do at the end of the week, so keep your fingers crossed for me.  It’s come to something that I’m hoping it rains…off to bed to warm up now with good book!

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We Are Open For Easter…

All are welcome, wrap up warm!

(Please see Castle Fraser event details a little further down the page…)

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Sorry, Castle Fraser is Closed Today :(

Sorry people, due to the snow overnight, and the continued flurries this morning Castle Fraser is not opening today Saturday 22 March.

Please keep your fingers crossed, do a sun-dance or something like it so that the weather improves for the Easter event due to start tomorrow Sunday 23 March.

Any updates I will post here.

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Happy Easter Weekend Everyone

Or, to those of you who celebrate Easter, to the rest of you have a lovely weekend. I shall be working hard, so may not be about too much. I do however, hope to get some pictures of the Easter event at the castle during my break if it doesn’t cause me to die of exposure in the weather we’re having at the moment.

I’ll leave you with these words of wisdom:


What Your Easter Egg Says About You


You are a deeply spiritual and passionate person.

Easily moved, you feel emotions strongly and clearly.

You are compassionate, loving, and kind.

People feel inspired by your strength and convictions.

The Easter Egg Personality Test

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I Love Sherlock Holmes

I love the books by Arthur Conan Doyle of course, but my favourite thing is to watch the TV series with Jeremy Brett.  He is just my ideal Sherlock Holmes (or ideal Holmes lol).  The other films and dramas just don’t do it for me.

I also think that the locations are really well chosen, plus the sets and costumes fascinate me.  My favourite episode is ‘The Eligible Bachelor’ closely followed by ‘The Illustrious Client’.  What’s yours?

I miss Jeremy, sigh.

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So, How About Joining Us?

Hello new and recent visitors! I notice many of you liked the look of our Easter event, even if you’re a little far away to visit (but you will be visiting soon won’t you?).

How would you feel about joining the National Trust for Scotland? It doesn’t matter what country you’re from, you can join and benefit the historic properties and important places we look after for all of us. Plus, when you do visit us you get in free!

If anyone wants to join leave me a comment here or drop me an email (see my button, top right) and I can send you some information. This way you can directly benefit Castle Fraser as well.

Thanks for reading :smile:

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Join Us At Castle Fraser for Easter!

I’m pleased to announce that Castle Fraser opens on Friday 21 March.  Why not join us this Easter weekend?  We have a special Easter extravaganza from Sunday 23 to Monday 24 March.  Check out our poster below.  Each month I will be posting a new guide to our events so do keep your eyes open!  Don’t forget you can check out all events happening at National Trust for Scotland properties at our website also.

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