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This month’s postcard is from Skene House fan, Jasmine, who relocated to Aberdeen from London 4 years ago when her husband got offered a job here. During this time, Skene House has provided a warm and welcoming base to Jasmine’s visiting family and friends.

 Tell us a little bit about yourself….

 moved to Aberdeen in October 2011, the day after my honeymoon and it was also my birthday! A new adventure! We moved up here when my husband received a job offer in the oil and gas industry. Neither of us had ever visited Aberdeen before moving here, so our first glimpse of Aberdeen was when we drove up from London on a cold winter’s day. It was grey and wet, but as we drove up Queen‘s Road I was impressed by the beautiful granite houses with turrets, what struck me was the purple and blue lights shining on the houses and offices, as well as the tiny fairy lights in some of the trees. Our apartment was in Rublislaw Den South (which I was informed after, is Aberdeen’s Millionaire’s Row!). Later we moved to Blenheim Place, also in the West End and not far from Skene Business Centres. 4 years later, we are still here!

 What do you write home about?

 I love Linton & Mac, a new salon where I get my hair and nails done whilst sipping on a G and T! Very cool place in town

 Crathes Castle is beautiful. I love colourful autumnal days at Crathes, when the sky is red and the leaves too.

 Food story is great for a coffee and cake! they sell gluten free treats too.

 CUP on little Belmont street is also a fab place for brunch. Be prepared for a wee wait as it can get busy – but it’s worth it!

 Finzean Farm is a great place to buy your organic produce, meat and fish! treat yourself to a tray bake and cup of tea in their lovely wee cafe!

 The Cock and Bull for Sunday lunch is amazing.

 Balmedie beach – on a nice day you can climb the sand dunes!

 Hammerton’s store – where you will find delicious local produce and unique gifts.

 Ballater – for beautiful, scenic drives and country walks through the Queen’s Balmoral Estate and Castle. Live like a queen for the day!

 Musa for great food and atmosphere, and the live music at weekends.

 Your ideal weekend in Aberdeen would be?

The morning would begin with a refreshing walk up and down the steep stairs atDunnottar Castle and down to the water’s edge, then a walk into Stonehaven (a brisk 30 min walk from the castle), treat yourself to an ice cream at the famous Aunty Betty’son the sea front! In the evening, a dinner in the Adelphi and perhaps a drink at Bar 99 or Amicus Apple after.

 On Sunday, pop over to The Banchory Lodge for Sunday Roast! Then have a walk around the quaint village of Banchory and go to the Falls of Feugh near by, you mighteven spot salmon jumping in the river!. On the way home, stop at Raemoir Garden centre for a coffee, or to buy a treat for supper from their great range of foods.

 Don’t forget to pack!

I recommend visitors to pack a good waterproof jacket with a hood!

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