One of the things I like very much about Aberdeen is that you’re never all that far from the countryside. For example, this is what you see looking down Holburn Street, ten minutes’ walk from the city centre:
I don’t know who lives in that white farmhouse on the other side of the River Dee, but I doubt they imagine how much I enjoy the view of their house!
Another “country” aspect that I relish, living in town, are the skies. Here is 10 pm the other evening:
Henry David Thoreau, disgusted by the rapid changes to 19th-century New England countryside, wrote “Thank God they cannot cut down the clouds!” Faced with continuing ravaging of the countryside – goodness only knows what Thoreau would make of the 21st century – I often take comfort from this.