When we first moved into our current flat, which is actually quite a large flat, we hired a decorator to re-paper and paint our high kitchen ceiling. He was really cheery, and said several times to us, “Aye, this is a crackin’ wee hoosie!” Translated, he was complimenting us on having “a great little house”. (Aberdonians are fond of adding an affectionate -ie to words, so for example you hear mothers saying to their children, “wash your handies”.) Although we don’t really think our flat is such a “wee hoosie,” there are truly some very small houses in Aberdeen. I’ve been taking photos of them to show you:
This next house is not, like the cottage above, what the British call “detached”. It is in a row of three houses all connected together – you can see the two dividing strips on the roof. And you might need to look closely to notice that the house on the right is not much more than the width of a window!
Here’s a view of the side of that wee hoosie:
Lastly for now (I may continue this series!), not the best photograph of a very wee hoosie that I’ve always loved, on Rose Street:
Just behind the parked car, I hope you can see the little house with large windows, the lower one invitingly lit. This house is also one room wide. It was obviously built after its neighbours, perhaps in what was a garden. When we first came to Aberdeen, this wee hoosie was clad in something that looked almost like shells – it was very pretty. Now it has a covering of more prosaic pebble-dash.
Of course nowadays, given a space that size developers would build four two-bedroom houses! (Just kidding, sort of – )