A few weeks ago, the Dafter got out of the house for a little drive with me. We ended up at the Torry Battery just at sunset (about 3:30 pm). The Torry Battery is a stone defence at the mouth of Aberdeen Harbour. According to the City Council’s PDF on its history (here) there were coastal defences on this site since the Middle Ages, but the Torry Battery was built in 1859-60 in response to a perceived threat from Napoleon III. Although that particular Napoleon didn’t turn out to be a danger, the Torry Battery was used for its original purpose in both World Wars, and also as temporary housing after the Second World War. Today it’s a lovely place to come for the view:
You can see all around from the top of the wee hill in the middle, from the city to the west, to the lighthouse on the other side:
Propelled by curiosity, the Dafter was able to climb the wee hill with me. Here she is, mistress of all she surveys and photographs:
The wind was strong and very cold, and we soon came back to the car. We were hailed by a poor grandfather, who had a crying and shivering grandchild in a buggy, and a flat car battery. Luckily, he was a dab hand with the old jumper cables and soon we were all safely on our way home for a cup of tea (or possibly stiff drink in his case!).