Kings Landing Adventures!

This year I planned a trip to Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia with six of my friends. Wow what a holiday, was spoilt for company, scenery, food, cocktails, laughing and the sun! We went as we are all having a big birthday this year and after the holiday I am definitely happy about getting older if these are the treats and adventures we inherit!

Here a selection of photos from our trip!

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This photo at Soundwave Croatia http://www.soundwavecroatia.com/ a festival in tisno sums my whole trip =  so excited I could pop!

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Sushi at Poklisar http://www.poklisar.com/en/ Dubrovnik = beautiful Sashimi and Maki!

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Amber on the stunning island of Hvar!

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Dinner in Split my beautiful ladies, our friend Fiona met us from Singapore ahhh not seen her in soo long, so great to spend time all together!xx

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 Jana water with each bottle having its own motivational quote = “The key to creativity is knowing that my thinking creates my experience.  I use this key in every area of my life” Agreed! http://www.jana-water.com/en

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Streets of Kings Landing ( Game of thrones) = Dubronik! 

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Kings landing 

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Sunset over Fort Bokar Dubrovnik

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Behind me is the scene on game of thrones were stanus attacks kings landing! too excitied!

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Revelin club in Dubrovnik = A club within the old city walls = yes within the old city walls Aaaaamazing! http://www.clubrevelin.com/

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Boat Party at Soundwave Croatia

 

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Laura at Split beach

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Soundwave at night!

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Soundwave Tisno

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Seaplane to Hvar

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Dinner Split Old Town Mmmmmm the fresh fish was beautiful

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Split old town 

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En route on our travels!  

Have you visited croatia before? Was so impressed! Would recommend an adventure there if you not been before! Whilst in Split we stayed with a couple called Emil and Dragana found their apartment on air bnb, could not have asked for better hosts and if your looking for a place to stay in Split would recommend = https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1353234

For our transport to and from soundwave festival we booked through Tom at https://www.facebook.com/adriatica.transfer, had a great service and would use again 🙂

Let me know if your planning a trip if I can help in any way!

Love summer adventures!

@Rose_Bud_Annie xxxxx

Glasgow Adventures – Citizen M + Porter&Rye + Artisan Coffee

I looooove a little city break in the UK and since moving back to Aberdeen last year our closest city breaks are Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Few days ago Bert and I took a trip to Glasgow for a night.  Here is what we got up to!

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 First port of call ———> Shopping! Love the variety of shops in Glasgow compared to Aberdeen

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 Next was onto Artisan Roast On Gibson Street for coffee and the most delicious vegan blueberry and banana loaf mmmmm.  Was lovely cafe with variety of second hand furniture and locally roasted coffee in Edinburgh.  Got my coffee juices following again and ignited my thoughts for a barista style coffee machine for home.

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After coffee we found our way to our hotel Citizen M http://www.citizenm.com/destinations/glasgow/glasgow-hotel

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Aww what a great hotel! Citizen M offers affordable luxury with compact high spec rooms and great selection of relaxing areas within the hotel bar. And then there is the bed! A super comfy XL – King size bed that fits the whole room, aaaaamazing!

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After some drinks we have a peek at some local Glasgow food blogs and came across Glasgow food geek, http://www.glasgowfoodgeek.co.uk/ Pam writes the blog lives in West end of Glasgow and loves food!  On her top glasgow restaurants was porter & rye and as soon as we had a peek at their website http://www.porterandrye.com/ and menu we were straight onto book a table!

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Mmm Pam as spot on with her recommendation, we opted for the T bone for two with bone marrow mac n cheese, fries, peppercorn sauce and a garlic butter = NOM. Getting to choose our steak knife was a lovely touch.

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 The morning after the night before! Enjoyed a lovely chilled morning before checking out and heading home! Thanks Citizen M, Artisan Roast, Rye & Porter and The glasgow food geek for her recommendation!

For this post I was not rewarded by any of the companies mentioned and all my opinions are my own.

Until the next city break! ♥@Rose_Bud_Annie xxxxx

 

Blogger Loveliness at Brunch

On Saturday the lovely Karen @tinybirdheart organised a brunch for local Aberdeen bloggers @ryeandsoda . What a great brunch thanks so much Karen for organising, great to meet other local bloggers 🙂

Wanted to introduce you all to them as some fab blogs varying from lifestyle, travel, fitness, beauty and foodie all being written in Aberdeen!

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All the lovely faces behind the words!

From left to right we have Laura over atIMG_20150614_215623 http://laurawhispering.blogspot.co.uk/  A 20-something Scot blogging photos, food, mental health, music, occasional travel & anything else that life throws up.

Next up is myself 🙂 @Rose_Bud_Annie 

On my left is the lovely Sarah @sarahrooftops over at IMG_20150614_215654 www.sarahrooftops.co.uk Telling stories with words and pictures, Sarah has recently become a mum 🙂 Huuuuge congratulations on becoming a mummy 🙂 OmmmmmG Sarah had the best looking chocolate and banana pancakes for brunch huuuge food envy, my mind is already thinking of another trip to @ryeandsoda to try!

IMAG1479_1 Across From Sarah is Amy @amyjaney http://www.teacupsandbuttondrops.com/ Fashion/Beauty Blogger & Youtuber. Tea Drinker. Vintage lover. Usually found in the Gym.

 

Then its Karen @tinybirdheart blogging at IMG_20150614_215749http://tinybirdheart.blogspot.co.uk/Blogger, crafter and vintage lover with a penchant for geekery, nostalgia, movies, Blythe dolls, cooking & all sorts of adventures. Karen has also just become a mumma! Congratulations!

Sitting beside Karen was Christy IMG_20150614_215810@xchristybx A health conscious 20-something blogging about life, breakfast & cocktails (Sometimes together!) over athttp://www.dinnerstories.co.uk/Mmmm loving Christy recent food posts about a recent trip to London!

Last but not least was Anastasia @natbeesfashion over at IMG_20150614_215840 http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/Personal Style & Travel Blogger in Scotland who loves marmite on toast // Scottish Blogs UK Top 10 / Ahhh Anastasia’s natbeesfashion just wants me to pack my suitcase and get on holiday ASAP!

Always great to find new blogs to follow, and hope you have found some more today too! 

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Blogger selfie! @sarahrooftops @ameyjaney @tinybirdheart and me 🙂

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Thanks @ryeandsoda for having us, already planing my trip back for those pancakes with banana and chocolate!

Couldn’t help but share this little seagull I found on my way home hahahahahaha convinced that seagulls secretly rule Aberdeen!  Now they invading the art scene hahahah!

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Thanks for reading and visiting 🙂

I was not endorsed or rewarded in any way by @ryeandsoda or any of the bloggers for writing this post and all the views are my own.

♥Rose_Bud_Annie xxxxxxx

SpectrΔ 2015

This weekend Ive been helping out at Spectra Aberdeen, a fantastic light festival in the centre of Aberdeen in Union Terrace Gardens http://spectraaberdeen.com/. The festival was curated by Andy Brydon of curated place and brought together artists from across Europe.

The exhibition included work from 360 degree Immersion projection photographed in Iceland, AMAZE with light projected all around the maze, illumainated finger knitted blankets, Piano migrations trio with work filmed in Montrose Aberdeenshire, and one of my favourites work by a local artist Callum Kellie.

Here are some of my photos from the event, they only cover a small proportion of the festival, if you wanted to see more there is good coverage of the work on the spectra website http://spectraaberdeen.com/ and images on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/spectraaberdeen.IMG_20150215_110656

Festival Venue —-> Union Terrace Gardens Aberdeen with Amaze by Marcus Zotes in construction

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Spotted some Snowdrops hiding on the edge of the gardens and managed to sneak a peek just before the festival began

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Ambiguous Borders by Elisa Artesero

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Finger Knitting by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir

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Piano Migrations Trio by Kathy Hinde – Pink Footed Geese were filmed during their migration in Montrose Aberdeenshire and the images projected onto deconstructed pianos.  Kathy constructed equipment to co-ordinate the geese’s movement to trigger the piano strings producing a unique sound with great effect!

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Immersion by Andrew Brooks, sound by Jack White

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Apparition by Ulf Mark Pedersen

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Oversea by Callum Kellie

Was great to see so many people of all ages coming down to the festival and enjoy the works.  Hope curated place can run the festival next year as was a great event.

♥Rose_Bud_Annie xxxxx

♥Adventures = Exploring Aberdeen

Been having a great time exploring Aberdeen since moving back in August.  I was a bit nervous moving from a larger city back to a smaller one as loved living in Manchester with its great choice of restaurants, cafes and art spaces.

Aberdeen you have impressed me! Since living here 4 years ago theres lots of change and developments in the restaurant, cafe and art scene and excited to share some of my discoveries with you.

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 Here is Bertie and I full of mixed emotions after loading up the Van and hitting the road for Aberdeen for the last long drive in a while!

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We made it! Love the stunning granite builds that pop up everywhere within the city centre.  If you have any great photos of Aberdeen would be lovely to see them # Aberdeen

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Delicious take away and sit in Japenese Orzya, Huntly Street, mmmmmmmm NOM

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Beautiful dinner @yataiizakaya traditional and street Japanese Food, Langstane Place, full post —-> http://www.hellofromrosebudannie.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/♡adventures-dinner-at-yatai-aberdeen/

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Meat finds at Aberdeen farmers market, on the last saturday of the month at Belmont Street.  Fantastic selection of locally produced fresh meats and fish.

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Coffees at Rock Salt and Snails in the West End

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Almondine = macaroons, coffees and cute mini lounge, Thistle Street

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The Stunning Aberdeen beach!

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Feeling fresh

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Lochngar 80 minutes drive 3.5 hours walk to the top

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@makeaberdeen digital fabrication studio Belmont Street, read more on my visit here http://www.hellofromrosebudannie.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/♡adventures-make/

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Lovely @oilandglass gallery Holburn Street

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Glasshouse at Foxlane garden centre Westhill, lovely independent garden centre with cafe supporting the community with supplying local jobs for individuals who may not have the same opportunities in the traditional work place

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Fantastic Dee n Do @Dee_n_Do, an illustrated guide to events in Deeside packed full of foodie, art, crafts and scenic tips

Looking forward to exploring more of Aberdeen in the future!  If you have a cafe, restaurant and or art event that you would like me to review please get it touch rose.bud.annie@gmail.com

♥@Rose_Bud_Annie xxxx

♡Adventures – Exploring Aberdeenshire- Lochnagar

Wooow my legs are still a bit like jelly, yesterday myself and a couple of lovely friends headed up Lochnagar for an Adventure!  Lochngar is about 1 hour 30 minutes from Aberdeen and is breathtaking.

I’m not a big hillwalker but love day trips, spending time with friends and any beautiful scenery so was keen to give it a go.  Joanne was great giving us lots of good practical tips for walking, thanks Joanne! Thanks Amber and Fiona for chats along the way, definitely a good distraction from the muscle burn! Here are some photos from our day!

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The Climb!

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Made it to the top!

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The View

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Summit Selfie

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Ahhh we all made it on the edge rock, just!

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Stunning Heather

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Found lots of interesting rocks with splatters of pink and green sediment, couldn’t resist a little play!  Spotted some deer on the horizon near the start of our walk, only could catch silhouettes with my phone camera but if you look really close top right photo you can see them.

Thanks Joanne, Amber and Fiona for a lovely day!

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Screen Printing at Oil and Glass with Mhairi Mcdowall

On Sunday I was lucky to get a last minute spot on screen printing with Mhairi Mcdowall. The class was held at Oil and Glass in Aberdeen, a fantastic visual art and fused glass gallery with workshop space.  Oil and Glass is ran by the lovely Shelagh @oilandglass who was very helpful when I enquired about the workshop and is the artist of some lovely glass pieces and pictures.

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Oil and Glass Aberdeen

We were taught by Mhairi Mcdowall @mhairi_mcdowall, who specialises in textile and design and creator of Paper houses. Her exhibition at Make Aberdeen featured on my blog post last week https://hellofromrosebudannie.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/♡adventures-make/ .

Mhairi was great taking us through the screen printing process and I really enjoyed my afternoon as printing was something on my radar to do for a while!

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Our work space

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All set and ready to go with some of Mhairi s lovely print work for inspiration

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We Screen printed onto tote bags. I try and take totes when food shopping and thought would love a tote for fruit and veg and went for a beetroot veg design.

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Mixing bright pinks/purples and greys

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My finished Tote!

Thanks @mhairi_mcdowall and @oilandglass and Susan who was working on the day for all your help. Cant wait to try at home.

Have you tried screen printing? Would love to see your work if you have and hear how you got on.

♥@Rose_Bud_Annie

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Double Dating on a Saturday

Phhowar aren’t weekends the best?! I’m readjusting to my new work+living in a new city but taking full advantage of my free weekends and being closer to my family. On Saturday Bertie and I went for a double date with my mum and dad. We had a great time here are some photos of our day minus ones with my mum as she doesn’t like photos being shared on social media.  It’s a shame as she is a cutie!

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Myself and @Rose_Bud_Annie Senior  ♥

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Twitter lessons = Confused faces

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Totes

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Wagamama

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Loving Wagamamas new mochi illustration

After wagamama we took tour of the farmers market! What a great market, lots of local produce and discovered Cracking Cookies @Tastyfortunes.  A company baking artisan fortune cookie biscuits. Couldn’t resist buying some, tried vanilla, cinnamon and gingerbread. Mmmm They were great, and ofcourse had the treat of our fortunes. Here was Mums, Berts and Dads.

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Our lovely Treats from H M Sheridan of Ballatar, The Store and Ingrams at Ellon

Ive been pleasently surprised by Aberdeen since moving back and looking forward to sharing a post with you soon about my discoveries.

Thanks Bertie, Mum and Dad for a lovely day.

@Rose_Bud_Annie

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♡Adventures – Make

Ive been in Aberdeen now for a couple of weeks and was excited to get out and start exploring today!  I discovered Make, @makeaberdeen online a couple of months ago and was excited to pop in to find out more.

Make is a new digital fabrication studio in Aberdeen, where you can join and use equipment such as laser cutter, laser engraver, milling machine, 3D printer, vinyl cutter and embroidery machine to make!

Was shown round by the lovely Holly who advised that the workers at Make will also be on hand to help with any design ideas and using them to create!  Here are some pictures of the studio space and work on display by @mhairi_mcdowall .

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Embroidery machine

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Laser cutter

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2d and 3d printer

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Studio space

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Paper houses by Mhairi McDowall

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Really glad to discover such a fantastic resource in Aberdeen.  For someone with no formal design/art education its great to get the opportunity to learn and use the machinery to create.

Thanks to Holly for showing me round.  Looking forward to joining and making!

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♡ Adventures – Ministry of Upholstery Open Day

Yesterday I popped along to the Ministry of Upholstery, a lovely school offering courses in upholstery in their studio in Manchester. http://www.ministryofupholstery.co.uk

I was welcomed with a cup of tea, and a chat with Susie who along with Anthony runs the school.  I discovered and was shown round the Annie Sloan chalk paints @AnnieSloanHome, these are stunning and a way of painting old furniture without having to sand or prepare.  The Display in the studio space looked great!

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Next was shown round the upholstery by Anthony as some students were working.  Wow the furniture was stunning, and was great to see work in progress.  Met some lovely students and chatted with a few about their visions for their furniture.  Anthony then demonstrated how the equipment was used and we got to try and make a button to take home!

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Thanks Ministry of Upholstery, Susie, Anthony and all the students who chatted about their work.  Now to see when I can fit a course in and plan what I can upcycle at home by painting!

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