Well, hello! It’s that time of year again already – it almost feels impossible, but Castle Fraser opens again for the 2012 season tomorrow 1 April.
I know that there are lots of fabulous events already planned this year, and next week we have our annual Easter Egg Trail, so watch this space for more! You can keep up with the latest news on the NTS website as well as the Castle’s own official Facebook page. I will try and post up posters as soon as I have them, and if my scanner is talking to me anytime soon.
Another exciting thing is that the final private room of the house is now going to be open to the public as our new exhibition room! Come and see it – it is in the round tower, and has been a family bedroom (check out the lovely wallpaper which is still visible) as well as a luggage and store room in its’ life.
I hope we’ll see you soon.
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…
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.
Inspired by news of Claire’s The Doodologist I have created a special doodle. This doodle displays exam stress as you’ve probably already noticed. This marks my further slip into the wibbly wobbly world of insanity I blame Claire – of course.
Those of you that are scratching your heads in confusion, may – I repeat may – understand after viewing my previous doodles…
Since I haven’t managed to set up my property empire yet with either Tillycairn or Midmar Castles, how about Blair Castle, Ayrshire instead?
Any takers? It looks lovely inside…and it’s only 8 million.
Blair Castle, Ayrshire
Article about sale of Blair Castle
See posts – Anyone Want to Buy a Castle With Me?, How About This One Then? and Time For a New Castle, I Think for the previous castles for sale.
Good grief, it’s that time of year already! Unfortunately, it being that time of year I may also implode from my studies.
Be that as it may, let’s celebrate Eleanor and I’s blog still being here four years later
So what makes this blog? Well, there’s Eleanor and I of course, then a dash of Mr Darcy (costume dramas and novels etc):
Lots and I mean LOTS of pets, some photography (when I have times these days), musical and video interludes, and don’t forget the humour – we like to laugh here:
Not to mention the art and the history (and study):
Stir briskly with some moans and observations – and you might have a better idea. But anyway, the important thing? That’s YOU. Thanks for visiting.
Well, for a short while at least. It is now the holidays at Uni, and though I have essays to write it’s nice to have a short break to do something relaxing.
I’ve also been taking a few days leave from work here and there, and on Friday after a break of several years I visited Duff House again.
Duff (designed by William Adam) after a chequered few years, is now an art gallery, though it is not simply paintings and sculpture et al, rooms have been beautifully re-created with furniture, carpets, china etc.
It also has lovely grounds, which include and Ice House and the family Mausoleum. I love a good mausoleum!
Ooops *shameful face* I completely forgot to update on my study/exams.
I am pleased to say that I passed all my exams, and was offered and accepted a place on the MA History of Art, starting this September! Scary times! Looking forward to it though!
Due to requests, here is a small pic of my crystal necklace, which was inside the French chocolate box. It’s not a great pic, but I hope to do some restoration to the necklace – so I will take a better one when it is finished.
You ‘get the picture’, right?
You’ll also be pleased to know that I have finished my courses, and the exams, and am just waiting for confirmation that I have passed everything. Watch this space…
Also, I’ve finally managed to catch up on films, and have now seen Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes and Alice In Wonderland. Oh, and some new DVDs I ordered I finally have some time!
I have also done some genealogy for the first time in ages, and I have lots to catch up on, and charts to make/amend.
I also have another ‘new’ aquisition. I shall share soon…thanks to all of you that are still visiting.
Wow, it’s that time of the year again – and the castle re-opened on the 1 April for the 2010 season. I can’t believe that it has come around again already! The Winter has been very long, and the castle unfortunately suffered its fair share of snow and associated leaks.
We had a pleasantly busy Easter with lots of egg hunters inside and outside the castle. Here are the updates/changes for this year:
- We have a new Great Hall carpet, the money for which was kindly donated. It looks fabulous and has a lovely bouncy underlay!
- We received new blinds to replace broken ones, and for rooms that had never previously had them. Existing ones that could be fixed, were also.
- The old film on the windows has now been replaced after many years with fresh UV film to stop nasty light coming in to spoil the collection.
- Furniture has been put back to original positions in some of the rooms to improve visitor experience.
- More items are again on display after repair etc.
- We have also been updating information for visitors.
- The Dining Room ceiling has finally been fixed, yay!
- We have more heating, also donated – extra yay here from experience
- We have some new stuff in the shop along with old favourites
- The castle restaurant is doing really well, phone to book.
That’s all I can remember for now!
In my research world, I was fortunate after three years of searching to finally find a living Fraser of the line. We had previously thought that the line had died out, but it turns out the younger brother’s line is alive and well! I have been happily updating records for this.
My next project is for the estate, and I am currently documenting all that I can find about the castle estate workers and house servants. This will be really useful for enquiries, and give us a much better bigger picture of how the house the castle and estate were run.
Don’t forget to visit us! I will post any event news as soon as I have it.