Posted by: christinelaennec | November 13, 2012

A familiar sight in Aberdeen

Gosh has it been five days since I last posted?  Seemingly so.  How time flies.  Yesterday I bought the UK Christmas stamps and soon I will embark on writing the US and Europe Christmas cards.  Most things need to be in the post by December 10th, which is now less than a month away!  The Dafter and I have allowed ourselves to sing Christmas songs lately, as it’s not too long to go now.

Here is a view that I am very fond of in Aberdeen:

The sign that hangs across Belmont Street, where it joins Union Street, Aberdeen.

I love that the Art Gallery is given this importance.  As you stand just below this sign and look ahead, the Art Gallery is indeed straight in front of you.  I really must find time to go there again, and even perhaps manage to take the Dafter once again.  She found the industrial lift a bit scary last time, but she did really enjoy seeing the art.

I wish you all a good week!



  1. hooray for Christmas music! I have begun to listen to it and I also will need to be thinking about buying stamps again very soon. I have missed a number of blogging days myself but I think at this time of year, it is forgivable. If you are like me, knitting and reading by a fire can take up a bit of time. 🙂

  2. I’ve just noticed your seasonal header, Christine. Is it new, or have I been blogging with my eyes shut?

  3. Aberdeen is very good for signs. I always enjoyed seeing those street names with the pointing fingers. I keep trying to sing Christmas songs and getting told off for it. Not everyone is keen to enter into the Christmas spirit, but good for you and the Dafter! Jingle bells, jingle bells….

  4. I still intend to get back there and treat it as an art gallery, instead of a (very nice)place for meeting up with friends.

  5. I’m sure I would love to visit that art gallery! Thanks to you, I always feel as if I’ve had a little visit to Scotland. Maybe one of these days. I have a stack of Christmas music all set to listen to…

  6. time flies indeed! The Christmas mood is also building up over here. We’re still holding the girls back on the songs, only because they don’t stop singing them until mid february! I love the art gallery sign above the road.

  7. The Christmas spirit is all around, isn’t it? I love ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby. That is a gorgeous view of the building tops with an equally gorgeous art gallery sign. I’ll bet Aberdeen is beautiful at Christmas. xx

  8. A wonderfully permanent sign, and in letters of gold, too.

  9. Aberdeen is beautiful. I am definitely going there the next time I cross the pond.
    Thank you for the beautiful dish towel, fudge and card. I am keeping even the box and wrapping. Just love the artist and his view of Scotland.

  10. Dear everyone,

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one getting into the Christmas spirit! Lorna, time is running out for being told off. Especially if you go by supermarkets, who have Christmas things up in September now.

    ajb, I really am way behind on knitting-by-the-fireside. My evenings lately seem to have been filled with paperwork. Clearly balance must be restored!

    Martin, I would never accuse you of blogging with your eyes shut, but I think this header has been there for about six weeks. I need to put another one up soon! I’m not very good at changing things around here…

    Lorna, you’re so right about the finger-pointing signs in Aberdeen. I must make an effort to photograph some of those.

    Jill, I hope next time you can do both!

    Dianne, I’m glad if you feel you’ve been transported. Enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving trip!

    Luciana, your girls stop singing Christmas songs as early as February? It was usually round about July when my son was small.

    Karen, oh yes, White Christmas is a great song. Aberdeen is very pretty at Christmas-time. I’ll try to get some nice photos for you.

    Linda, yes, I like the sense of commitment and permanency. A rare thing these days!

    Marjorie, you’re so very welcome. I’m delighted you’re happy with your Scottish tea-towel and that you’re already planning a trip!

  11. Have finally caught up today on your blog as my life has been very busy with my sister’s wedding and then a week’s holiday. I’m sorry that you had to give up your job as head gardener, and also will be staying home from work in the next six months. However, I feel encouraged to make right choices myself by reading of your example. I hope and pray that you will find many blessings in the months ahead and that these will end up being very special years with your daughter despite all the heartache and hardship. Only heaven will show the beautiful tapestry God is weaving in your lives with the “apparently random” work of dark threads woven amongst the others.

    I always love the pictures you post!

    • Dear Heather,
      Thanks so much for your kind words. I think that once I can free myself from some of the responsibilities that have become almost impossible burdens, I will be able to see the blessings more clearly. Even on the hardest days, I do treasure my daughter and the closeness that we have. I love your metaphor of the tapestry. I often think that we can’t possibly see the true picture as humans.

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