Thank you all so much for your good wishes and lovely comments to my last post. We all appreciate them so much. We did manage our weekend in Aberdeen! The weather smiled upon us, the Dafter was of course tired but also hugely boosted by seeing friends. It was the first time that we’d returned all together since we left over a year and a half ago. I will have three posts about our trip back, which I will interweave with other posts as February continues.
The drive down was beautiful. This is the best photo that I managed to take – you can just about see the snow-covered hills to the east of Stirling, off in the distance. There were other moments of much more dramatic views of the hills – but as I was driving, I can’t really show you!
We stopped at Glendoick Garden Centre, someplace the Dafter knows well. Somewhere in the archives I know I have photos of her at a very young age crawling around their play area. Here she is at 17:
We took a family shot. The Dafter pointed out how pale she is compared to us, even in winter – this is the paleness that many other ME/CFS parents have seen in their children. Sometimes the paleness comes quite quickly, and is a sign that your child is becoming particularly unwell. But the Dafter coped very well with the three-hour drive:
On Saturday morning, Michael and I walked up into the city centre – I will do another post about our walk. It was so nice to be back in such a familiar place:
A familiar sight, birds on the rooftops. Note the grey snowguard just at the bottom of the steep roof. You still see them on older buildings in Aberdeen and other places in Scotland. They are there to catch the thawing snow. The snow melts through the holes, and passersby are not endangered by an avalanche:
A photo of me with Union Terrace Gardens behind, and a Kelly’s cat next to me:
Michael was very interested to see the newly-opened up vista in front of Marischal College and the lovely Provost Skene’s house:
I hope that Aberdeen City Council will change their minds about filling in this space with more buildings. Many people have been clamouring for this to be made into a public square, where everyone can admire these stunning examples of Aberdeen architecture.
Signs of spring: winter aconites!
A beautiful gate and fence:
And a stunning sunset that evening:
We’ve been home for two days now. The first day back, the Dafter felt absolutely horrendous and was in a lot of pain. But yesterday she managed to come out with me, to meet friends. So that is a very good sign. I think the happiness of reconnecting was worth it.