Last night, I went out for drinks after a very long time. It was a beautiful, warm night and we sat outside in the pub garden, sipping wine and discussing about life, travelling and science. When I came home, I slept peacefully, which hasn’t happened for ages. My sleep patterns tend to be very interrupted lately and I seem to have more nightmares than dreams. Surprisingly, this morning I woke up refreshed and with a clear head. It felt like a heavy load that I was carrying in my soul has finally been lifted and vanished. So I decided to celebrate the day with a visit to the beautiful Duthie Park gardens in Aberdeen.
When it’s lovely and sunny outside I tend to cycle around with Emma, my Pendleton bike. Like I mentioned sometime ago on Instagram, Emma is my best and most loyal friend. She’s always up for a coffee and she takes me to the best places, what’s more to ask!
Duthie Park is absolutely beautiful these days. It was jam packed with people picnicking on the grass, kids running all over the place and dogs chasing balls. Some men were playing cricket and their wives were cheering them up, clapping for every point and encouraging them to score for the team. It was brilliant!
I parked Emma next to the cafe and headed to the David Welch Winter Gardens. Even though it is a stunning place which reminds me a lot of home, it’s also a place I often forget to visit when the question ‘what to do today‘ pops in my head. I wish I had it as an option more frequently in my head but I guess now it’s too late since I am moving away from Aberdeen in 10 days time!
These gardens are one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens and apparently Scotland’s third most visited gardens with Edinburgh’s and Glasgow’s Botanical gardens being on the top of the list.
I wandered around the outdoor roses gardens, smelling the heavenly made scent of the pink roses before visiting the cacti garden that has nothing to be jealous of the famous Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh!
Here you will find a magnificent collection of various cacti, tall and short, fat and thin, green and yellow, it really is spectacular and makes you feel like you have instantly moved in a southern country!
Every time I ask my dad what kind of gift he’d fancy for Xmas the answer is always the same, ‘a new and rare cactus’! He seems to love cacti way too much and he enjoys having his mini cacti garden back in Greece. Unfortunately, around Xmas time cacti is the last thing you can buy for someone so he always gets a pair of shoes or a jumper. But if he was ever to visit Aberdeen, I’d definitely bring him here and I am certain he would spend more than an hour taking pictures of each of the species. Dad and I share the same love for photography which mum secretly hates as we are so slow when we go somewhere all together, stepping every now and then to take a picture…
Next to the cacti garden is the Victorian corridor. A Victorian style glasshouse that looks a lot like a grandmother’s, cute conservatory, filled with roses, hanging ivy pots, colourful wave petunias and beautiful yellow mallow plants.
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily)
After taking a good look, sense and smell of most of the flowers, I decided it was tea time! So I left the gardens, double-checked that Emma was still safely secured and entered the Park Cafe. I ordered an Earl Grey tea and grabbed a white chocolate raspberry muffin and without further ado I found myself a place far away from the cricket game and the children’s playground..
…I got my book out and started studying about Botanical plants and their magic powers. It’s a vintage book I found lying in a retired Professor’s office at the University of Aberdeen and I got it on my desk since then. It’s hand illustrated and has all the latin names of the plants too!
I sat there, immersed into my own little bubble for a couple of hours reading about plants, sipping my tea (that got cold by the end but cold tea is totally fine by me), eating bites of my muffin and occasionally looking at the sky and taking deep breaths reminding me how lucky I am to be into such a beautiful place…
Now, I am back home watching Rick Stein’s ‘Seafood Odyssey‘, salivating for most part of it when spaghetti is on the screen and having Mia (the cat) on my feet meowing, so I’d better go in the kitchen and grab some biscuits for her.
How’s your weekend so far? Have you ever been to Duthie Park?