Pet Shop Boys – Heart

Normal service will resume shortly, I just wanted to share with you all another song memory.  I’ve been reading a whole series of vampire books, and I recalled as a child seeing the video for the song below.

It’s a Pet Shop Boys classic – Heart, and it features Ian McKellen as a vampire!  It’s hilarious, and there’s a great European castle in it too.  Watch and enjoy, I have some news updates coming later…

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The Homecoming Steam & Vintage Fair Comes to the Castle in June

The annual Steam and Vintage Fair is back at Castle Fraser this June, for Homecoming 2009.

It will take place during the weekend of 20-21 June, 10.30-4.30 Saturday, and 10.30-4.00 on Sunday.

You can check out their website for more details: Bon Accord Steam Club.  I have also posted the flyer below.  Click on the thumbnail for more.

This year I hope very much to get some nice pictures of the Steam Engines…

Steam & Vintage Fair

Castle Fraser 3D Model

I’ve known about this site for quite some time, but it may amuse some of my castley friends.

The person running this website has made a 3D architectural model of the castle, which you can view and play with different angles online.  Apparently you can even buy a copy.  Shame about the name typo though.

Have fun!

Castle Fraser 3D model

The Victorian Jewellery Box

I’ve been looking at antique jewellery boxes for a few years now, but anything remotely nice has always been too expensive for me to get.

At the moment, the bulk of my brooch collection lives happily in a modern take on an antique box that I bought from Past Times, and it does the job, but still it’s not the same.

I was lucky enough to spot a small box at my local antique shop, and discovered that it is not only a Victorian Jewellery box, it is most probably a travelling one, and it still has it’s own key!  Very exciting for me, it’s in such good condition and was reasonably priced.

We can date it to the 1890s, as it has a small pocket where a lady would keep her fob watch, very fashionable at the time.  Check out some views below, the red interiors are much darker in natural light.

I haven’t decided what to put in it yet…

Box with key

Open Box

Box with tray