The Measure of A Bonny Day

Its is dreich day. Staying put in the Milne flat wrapped in wooly tartan throws feels like the only sane goal for this sunless Sunday. What a true waste of a day.

So what if you came to visit me and we could run away to this Scottish gem a bit further afield. This beauty makes me think of Ernest Hemingway if he had a Glaswegian accent.
photos 1-6 credited to Location Scotland

You're welcome to invite a friend or two to come with but be weary whom you invite. If the Queen of England comes to stay, history states that no one thereafter is allowed to sleep in the room where she slept. That's prime real estate going to waste I tell you. I wonder if laundering the sheets is allowed?

When you get peckish, I will go for a' Pig in a Bun Run'. You have your choice between Scottish bacon, or local sausage on a white or whole wheat 'softie' (bun). If you keep the fire stoked, I'll bring you one of each with brown sauce. 

After tea (in Scotland tea means your dinner; I know I'm equally confused) we'll go for a drive to one of my favourite country homes located on the outskirts of Ellon. If we pass the Queen, simply wave and act natural. 

This my friend is Haddo House, a 1732 Georgian property.  It was in 1857 that Queen Victoria slept here after she informed the Gordon's that in 12 months time they had better have her room ready. She arrived with a gift, a white marble bust of her likeness. Said bust still rests on a fireplace mantel here today. I think Victoria was onto the ultimate of house warming gifts. 

Just so you understand, let me recap the prioritising of Scottish estate homes and castles - every one is measured by the calibre of its tea room and the 'fancy pieces' on offer. 

The Haddo House tea room gets the savoury scones seal of approval. A large pot of tea served with a smaller pot of hot water & scrumptious baked goods equates to the ideal pause after the 2 hour guided tour. 

After our well needed walk around the grounds, I've come up with a thought; it's approaching week no. 5 since the Lord of the Milne Manor was laid-off from his recent position. I say, 
"when the chips are down, it's bloody time to eat them". 

Buckle up we're off to the local chipper! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit me here in Scotland; as always, wonderful to see you. 
For this new week one thing is for certain, I need to think less about food.

Haste Ye Back


{go forth & live responsibly}
I'll put the kettle on


24 Corners said...

Deb, so happy you're posting again, I see there's another to enjoy as well, September disappeared on me...nice to catch up. The chill in the air is great for snuggling in and writing (and eating) !
This 'grand Scottish lodge' would be a wonderful writers retreat, wouldn't it? Ernest I'm sure would adore it...we should join him there, though he'd be up much too early for my taste. He could get the kettle going and bake some scones for us though in those wee hours before we're all up...it would be ever so kind of him.
By the way...I'd love a sausage softie please, whole wheat!
Waving to the Queen...I do hope she brings the royal motorhome so there are enough rooms for us all.
xoxo J~

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Adored this little visit. How about a G&T after our tea? Hmmm, or is that after dinner? Love the Glaswegian cottage. Let's go!! ox

helen tilston said...

Hello Deborah

Haddo House and tea room sounds fabulous. What a great picture of HRH driving her SUV. Now I know what to do "when the chips are down" hee he. Best wishes to Mr M in securing a perfect job.
Enjoy your week Deborah
Helen xx

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi Deb,
What beautiful places and so different from each other and, I wouldn't say no to a cup of tea at Haddo House ..... maybe the Queen would like to join us !!
Wishing Lord of Milne Manor lots of luck on the contract seeking front ..... meanwhile, get us a bag of chips !!!! XXXX

Mise said...

I was all set to comment, Deb, but then thought I'd rise to the occasion and dash off to don a headscarf. I'm back now, and, as you can see, I'm wearing it as I type. Otherwise I'm acting perfectly natural. Regards to Elizabeth, and it's good to hear from yourself.

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Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Now this is one great way to dream on a Sunday! Love these images.
It is so good to hear from you!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Deb, this sounds like the perfect way to spend a few days. A bacon buntie, a cup of tea and some toasty blankets before the fire with friends.

I hope the Mr. Milne finds a new position soon! Is all well there?

Thanks for sharing your beautiful adventures, I LOVE Scotland and love hearing about it. I do not know if I mentioned it, my cousin is a geologist in Aberdeen.

Take care, Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the visit! You have such a wonderful way of writing, it feels like we are in the story traveling around and drinking tea with you! xoxo Sue

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Howdy Deb
Belated hello from this end
We could be international goal posts!
Perhaps you should come down under plenty of warmth to share if you don't mind a bush fire or 70 but a little scarce on the job scene

Good luck to the lord of the manor with the job hunt ciao ciao xxx Julie

Karena Albert said...

Dear Deb, so good to see this posting, how wonderful. I have missed you!

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This is Belgium said...

great post
wonderful pics too
greetings from brussels

La Petite Gallery said...

I wish I had gone to and English tea when I was there, great post.
Sending best wishes for 2014

La Petite Gallery said...

Debbie, Just a line to wish you a Fun St.Pat's Day. Do you do that in Scotland?? Yvonne

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La Petite Gallery said...

Hi Deb, wish I could go on a ride through England and Scotland with you. Looks like a fantastic day. yvonne

NotesFromAbroad said...

I love that ... "Haste ye back" .. besos, C

Julia said...

Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y ha estado un regalo visitarlo, te invito a ver el mio, “ Pintar es muy divertido. Constituye una delicia observar y exprimir los colores. Espero tu visita y si no eres seguidora me encantarías que te hicieras y así compartir nuestros blocs. Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

La Petite Gallery said...

Hi Debbie, at last warm weather, I am so sad that we didn't get a triple Crown winner at the Belmont yesterday. Maybe we never will unless they change some rules.. yvonne

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La Petite Gallery said...

Hi Deb, hope you are having a great Summer, can't believe it is almost over. big hug, yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

Deb, That photo of the queen driving herself is fab. Just one more month of Summer, sure went fast. yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

Hey there!! Happy 2015, just looked at that dining room. I had a penthouse and painted the walls yellow and had blue and white dishes, that was such a happy feeling room. Sending warm hugs and wishes for 2015.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh this house! It's truly perfection. I love the cozy details.

Have a beautiful day!

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