My goodness, August has been and gone. Here are a few highlights from my month.
A restored fountain in Aberdeen: ‘As Heaven Gives Me / So Give I Thee’.
This August we have had a bit too much of what the heavens so bountifully provide, but more on that in a minute.
One of my favourite days this month was taking the Dafter and one of her friends to Aberdeen Art Gallery. Going on an outing like this, since the Dafter has been ill with ME, is now a major deal, something we might accomplish once or twice a month. The girls had fun and it was great to see them chatting together and looking quite seriously at the paintings:
We all really enjoyed the “Room of Annie Lennox” exhibit. Annie grew up in Aberdeen and this exhibit has been on in London and Aberdeen only. There was a huge long wall hung with her gold and platinum albums and awards, interspersed with quotes from her school reports. This one says: “Ann spends too much time, without mental awareness, at the piano which is a dangerous habit.” The girls relished the juxtaposition of Annie Lennox’s teachers’ rather condescending judgements of her potential, and the evidence of all she has accomplished both as an artist and as a humanitarian.
This month also found our household undergoing major disruption as we had our kitchen redone.
It was all worth it in the end – I’ll show you a bit more in another post (in case you’re interested!).
As I said, the heavens have sent a LOT of rain. There have been many torrential downpours. I was trying to take a photo of the water overflowing from the gutters here:
Many days have found us arriving home soaking wet:
But it could have been worse, that’s for sure. Some people in Aberdeen have seen their cars floating away in flash flooding.
Lastly, this month the Dafter began to receive some individual tutoring from the hospital tutoring team. She is still struggling with feeling dreadful much of the time, and has real problems reading and focusing. Even watching a television show she hasn’t already seen is an activity reserved for a good day. However, she does have good hours and days and we are making the most of them.
So we have a great deal to be thankful for. Hello September!