Posted by: christinelaennec | February 27, 2015

Jiggety-jog!

It’s three weeks now since our weekend in Aberdeen.  Let me show you a few more photos of the end of our stay, and our trip “home again, home again, jiggety-jog”.

On the Sunday morning, which was a beautiful crisp winter’s morning, I walked to church.  People complain about the grey granite in Aberdeen, but (as I’ve written here and here) I find Aberdeen’s granite beautiful, and by no means always grey.  These houses are a lovely example of the decorative use of pink granite:

A granite house with lots of pink granite.  Aberdeen.

A granite house with lots of pink granite. Aberdeen.

Can you see the seagull on top of the bell tower at South Holburn Parish Church?

South Holburn Parish Church, with a seagull on top of the bell (tower?).  Aberdeen.

South Holburn Parish Church, with a seagull on top of the bell tower. Aberdeen.

I was happy to see Ally’s donated snowdrops still coming up under the memorial, next to the Bonica roses.  As you may know, I used to be the church gardener, and working there was a great joy to me.  Since we moved to Glasgow, the people looking after the garden are older folks who aren’t so able, and thus much of the former garden has been gravelled over.  However, that’s reality, and the garden is still pretty, if less lush.

The church garden in February 2015.

The church garden in February 2015.

Michael and the Dafter packed up the car while I was in church, and then they came along to coffee hour, which was a wonderful occasion for me.  They hadn’t been to South Holburn in a few years, and it was so nice for the Dafter to see for herself how many people have been praying for her and asking after her – they were just tickled pink to see her on her feet and having turned into a very bonnie young woman.

We left after a quick picnic lunch, and it was so gorgeous that instead of staying on the A90, which veers inland after Stonehaven, we took the coast road south.  Such beauty!  My photos, taken through the car window, aren’t fantastic, but I hope you can get an idea of the beautiful scenery we were travelling through:

Driving south from Aberdeen: fields and the North Sea.  February 2015.

Driving south from Aberdeen: fields and the North Sea. February 2015.

Coming into Inverbervie:  sun on the North Sea.  February 2015.

Coming into Inverbervie: sun on the North Sea. February 2015.

Plowed fields, trees, and the North Sea.  On the Coast Road south of Inverbervie.  February 2015.

Plowed fields, trees, and the North Sea. On the Coast Road south of Inverbervie. February 2015.

We stopped above the fishing village of Johnshaven:

Just south of Johnshaven, on the North Sea.  February 2015.

Just south of Johnshaven, on the North Sea. February 2015.

The wind was cold but the views were stunning:

Looking south towards St. Cyrus, February 2015.

Looking south towards St. Cyrus, February 2015.

We stopped for coffee near Perth, and waited til after 4:00 when the sun had set, so that we wouldn’t be driving against the dazzling, low winter sun.  By tea-time we were back in Glasgow, happy to see Tilly (who wasn’t fond of the new catsitter, for some reason!), and happy to have had a weekend seeing old friends and Aberdeen herself.

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  1. I love the granite buildings in Aberdeen. They sparkle in the sun. However I can see during a long dreichie spell it would add to the gloom. But, there are plenty of ways to bring out color.

  2. I love the way the Scots use the word “bonnie”, and so apt in this case. Really, our (Australian) language is poorer for its absence. What we do have is pink granite – quarried not far from here and featured in much of the Sydney Opera House. Looks good here, and there.

    It must a strange experience to return to your past life, now that you’ve moved on in so many ways – the Dafter being the most obvious. You must have been feeling in your own heart that you have (for better or for worse) become someone different now.

  3. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. It’s so nice to see the Dafter smiling and enjoying this little holiday. Your photos are amazing!

  4. Beautiful scenery, and I love the pink granite.

  5. Thank you everyone. We did have a great weekend. And hooray for granite!

    oldblack, it doesn’t feel strange to go back to Aberdeen now. It just feels like a place I know and love, with people I know and love. Maybe a bit like the Isle of Harris does after visiting it most years for so long.

  6. How special for the Dafter to go to church and especially for people to see what progress she has made and what a lovely lady she is!

  7. Beautiful photos and Dafter is looking well, colour in her cheeks. There is a good article in The Times about the harpist Claire Jones struggle with ME

    • Thank you Karen, I hadn’t heard of Claire Jones’ ME. She is so right, it is a very real, physical, illness.


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