A month ago, I had the chance to go back to Aberdeen for a visit. I had a really lovely two days there. The weather, for one thing, was most un-Aberdeenlike: warm sunshine and no wind!
I arrived at mid-day and met a good friend for lunch. It was great to catch up and relax together.
I was very interested to see for myself the changes in the city centre that have happened since the 1970s carbuncle St. Nicholas House was demolished. Provost Skene’s House, one of my favy places in Aberdeen, is no longer surrounded by steel and glass. Its windows are sealed against damage in the demolition works, but if it could see, it would marvel at its current view.
The beautiful façade of Marischal College has similarly been revealed:
Sadly, in my opinion, the city plans to redevelop the area by “building glass boxes” (in my friend’s words) all around Provost Skene’s House. I was glad to see it released from captivity and standing proudly against the skyline.
I then met another friend, to go see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition “Fifty Years of Colour” at the Aberdeen Art Gallery. She is even more of a Kaffe Fassett fan than I am, and has made quite a few of his designs, in knitting, needlework and quilting. It was a treat to go through the exhibit with her. Those who read my post on the exhibition in Bath will recognise the themes:
Aberdeen is important to Kaffe Fassett. It was on a visit to the late designer Bill Gibb, who was from the North-East of Scotland, that Kaffe visited a woollen mill and was taken by all the shades of wool. He bought lots of colours of wool, and was taught to knit on the train back to London. You can see a short film here of Kaffe talking about his connection to Scotland, his work and the importance of colour to him. For more photographs of the Aberdeen exhibition, see this post on Time flies when you’re having fun…
I had a chance to visit lots of friends from my old church, including dropping by the Coffee Morning that they happened to have. And I went out to the countryside to see a good friend.
It was such a pleasure to be back in very familiar territory, but as a tourist, and with the city looking affa bonnie, as they would say there. Of course the highlight of my visit was reconnecting with friends, but (having spent 21 years of my life there) Aberdeen itself is like an old friend too.