Another 5k buggy run under my belt today with the Mums on the Run Inverurie group.
I’d had a really bad night with Elsie, she decided it was time to get up at 3am 😣 it would have been really easy to sack off any exercise that day but because id already agreed to go, I dropped Roo at the heliport, donned my Nike’s and headed into the rain with the ladies. So so pleased i did. My best run yet with the buggy, feeling stronger every day. Well deserved rest day tomorrow!
The Gordon Bedroom. This is a room which has changed often over the centuries, though always has been a bedroom. It’s in a part of the house built in 1596. During the later Gordon’s tenure in the late 19th century the walls were covered in great swathes of Gordon tartan. One visitor at the time, a Mrs Ross described the scene as ‘hideous’. Lord Leith concurred and had the tartan removed. During the Leith’s time at the castle this bedroom served part of a guest suite with its own private bathroom and dressing room. The four poster bed is an heirloom of the American, Lady Leith’s, family. The bed was made in Kentucky, the home state of her grandfather. The plasterwork ceiling dates back to the time of William Gordon the younger, son of General William Gordon. Inheriting the Castle in 1816, young William carried out many improvements to the house and grounds. Politically he inherited the sympathies shared by his aristocratic, paternal grandparents (his mother had been a scullery maid originally from Methlick), he was a Jacobite. Being Catholic it was natural that he would side with the Jacobite cause to restore the Catholic Stuart Royal House to the throne. Throughout the castle he peppered clandestine Jacobite symbols, and the plaster ceiling is somewhere we find these. The ceiling is decorated into an oval of oak leaves and acorns, two symbols of the Jacobite cause of Stuart Restoration. The oak leaf symbol pertains to an event when Charles II hid in an oak in the grounds of Boscobel House during the English Civil War. Subsequently in 1660 he wore oak leaves as he returned from exile in France to assume the throne. Acorns were symbolic of the regrowth of this dynasty. There, that’s something we all know now! ;)