Yesterday morning found me happily knitting and reading on the train to Aberdeenshire, to visit my friend Roobeedoo. We had a great visit, and amongst other things she took me to the Quaker cemetery in Kinmuck. It was established in 1680, and I think it reflects the order and simplicity of Quaker beliefs:
The dates on the gravestones don’t have the names of the months, but their numbers – “4 month 15th” meaning “April 15th”:
As always when looking at 19th-century gravestones, we saw many of people who had died young.
In earlier days there was a problem with the medical students of the University of Aberdeen coming to raid the graveyard for dissectable bodies, so the Quakers used a kist to keep their dead in until they were safely buried.
My hostess was strangely shy about having her photo taken – don’t you love her cardigan? It’s the Staccatto Jacket, made originally for her daughter. Just to be fair, here is a photo of me:
It was a very rainy day, and we dried off by the fire at her house afterwards – with delicious apple cake and tea. She had just finished blocking TinCanKnit’s thistle scarf. (The link at the top of this post will take you to her post about it.)
I was very sorry to say goodbye, and took the train back into Aberdeen. I had a little bit of time to do a few errands before catching the train back to Glasgow. It was absolutely bucketing down!
The marble floors of Aberdeen station were awash. The monitors had a “Special Notice” asking people to take care, and there were small forests of yellow cones and even the occasional pail to catch a leak in the roof.
I said a fond farewell as the train pulled out of the station, over the River Dee, and on around the lighthouse. The coast was plunged in deep mist, so I only glimpsed the occasional rushing waterfall underneath. Even the cows in the fields were hardly visible. And then it was home again, home again, jiggety jog!
Thank you, Roobeedoo, for a wonderful afternoon!