Monthly Archives: September 2011

Picture Perfect, A Review

I’d been thinking about having one of my photos made up into a big print for a while now, so when the offer came to have one made up into a canvas print it made perfect sense to try it.

The only problem was to decide which picture I was going to choose.  You wouldn’t believe just how long I can stare at photos, seriously.  In the end, I focused on my castle pictures.  I have always wanted to have something of the castle on display permanently.

So I chose an unusual view of the castle to be sent off to be made into one of the professional canvas prints.  That was after I’d tweaked the colours a little, and sharpened the view of the house.

So here is the final product, which I’m very proud of.  It only took a few days for the print to arrive, and it’s really nice.  Very well made, and packaged and with the appropriate equipment to hang it up straight away.  Apologies for my picture, which isn’t doing it justice at all.  My version is the 30x40cm one.

You can find out more here about trying online canvas printing for yourself.  I’m just looking for ideas on where to hang it now!

Let me know what you think of my canvas picture.  I might even get some more made for myself or even as presents…

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Castle Events – October and December

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again, and we are winding down to the end of season at the castle.

It’s not exactly been great for weather during the Summer here, but we have had some sunny days, and the annual Steam and Vintage fair, not to mention the Jousting in August had pretty decent weather and went really well.

The leaves are now falling and turning red and gold on the estate, and my thermals will no doubt be soon making a re-appearance, but we do still have some events left to go.

Please see the thumbnails below for our October Halloween weekend, and our fairytale-style Christmas event in December.  Fingers crossed that snow does not stop play this year!

We have some Christmas goodies in our shop (stop saying boo you lot!) as well as our other lovely things, second hand books are still available too if you want to contribute.

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In Which Alexander Presents Himself

I am excited to say that – sadly not due to my recent post about some original Raeburns I’m trying to track down – but due to some lovely visitors I spoke to last week, I can finally say I now know where Alexander Mackenzie Fraser’s portrait is!

I have been given the name of the London Club in which it hangs, as he was positively identified as such – name and everything!  If I am able I will update further.

Now, just to find Martha and Elyza…

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City Graveyard Wanderings

I have been over the Summer wandering around some city graveyards during my lunch – the largest of which is St Peter’s Cemetery, Aberdeen.

This is a massive cemetery on King Street, and has graves from the Eighteenth Century, but the majority are Victorian.  There’s some great monuments and carvings, I especially like that many occupations are included and the Scottish tradition of including women’s maiden names.  Very handy if you’re a genealogist.

I took some pictures of some of the more unusual monuments (there were A LOT of broken shaft style ones, must have been a buy one get one free offer!) but the most intriguing one, is below.  Read the top part carefully…

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New Films: Jane Eyre

I know, another Jane Eyre.  But somehow, this is ok with me.  It’s one of my most favourite books of all time, and as long as the actors get it right, which they often do – I can cope with another version of the story quite happily.

Here is the trailer for the 2011 version with Michael Fassbender *sighs*

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I hope I get to see this at the cinema.

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Parliamentary Swag…

Here’s a little something I don’t normally look at – collectible plates.  Was probably feeling slightly homesick at the time though.  Plus it was a cool gift!

A vintage Houses of Parliament Plate.  I’ve photographed it here for your delectation:

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