The last two weeks have been the October school holidays, and on one of the days that I wasn’t at work I took the Dafter and a friend to Castle Fraser. It was very beautiful there:
We did some squirrel crafts, explored the castle and had a snack in the coffee-shop. Going around the castle, I was particularly keen to see embroidery samplers, because Tanya AKA The Sampler Girl (a cross-stitch designer in the States) had alerted me to the fact that Scottish samplers were characterised by colourful lettering and “boldness” of design. I did see a sampler in the castle – though I couldn’t take a photo of it – and it was just as Tanya had said. The lettering was in red, blue, and probably a very faded green. Although I can’t show you the sampler in Castle Fraser, here is a link to Tanya’s design for a Scottish-style sampler.
Before we left, the girls enjoyed some time in the imaginatively-designed play area. It has a huge teepee, and also an enormous outdoor xylophone made of wood. There are lots of paths and places to explore, even for very sophisticated older children. And for knitting mothers, there is a lovely view of the back of the walled garden from one of the benches:
Although it was overcast, the fall colours were beautiful:
And just before we left, there was some low afternoon sunshine: