On Friday Gareth and I visited Aberdeen’s SPECTRA light festival. This is the third year it’s been on, but our first time at it.
First up was the “King Orpheo” installation at His Majesty’s Theatre, as we queued to get into Union Terrace Gardens – I liked how William Wallace seemed to be part of it too. I assumed the scenes being projected onto the building had something to do with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but I didn’t realise until later that the beautiful, haunting music also being played was a traditional Scottish song telling a medieval version of the story, where King Orfeo goes in search of his wife who has been stolen away by the Faerie King.
We mainly wandered round Union Terrace Gardens.
The arches in the gardens were perfect little spaces for the installations, and some had their own splendid street art lit up.
Not sure what this group were doing (those boxes made clicking/pulsing noises like a geiger counter) but they seemed to be having fun.
My favourite piece: fluorescent yarn art by local schoolchildren.
Being February, photography was a bit of a challenge with frozen fingers, but it was certainly worth the visit to see a brilliant display of light and sound art.
SPECTRA is on until Sunday night, with free entry to all installations.
I’ve been going through my photos, and realised that there are so many I’ve not posted on flickr or here; often I don’t post some of the newer photos because I feel like I have to stay ‘in order’ and catch up on the older ones first, which means I end up not posting much at all…
Well, 2018 is the year of “no more self imposed rules that are more trouble than they’re worth”. So here are some of my favourite photos of the past year.
Starling in the rain
Tree is up; we’ve gone for no tinsel and “less is more” with the ornaments 🙂
But there are some new baubles, as always – the one on the top right was hand painted by my friend Karis of Oh My Glass Crafts
This year we’ve also Christmased up the hallway.
And I’ve even made mince pies! I’m using a Nigella recipe, but substituting 50g of flour with ground almonds, as Felicity Cloake recommends. Also, I keep forgetting to buy the orange (for juice) so I’ve been using vanilla essence mixed with water, which seems to work fine.
It’s been snowy over here, and it looks like we’re on track for a white Christmas.
How’s it looking where you are?
Bennachie in late October.
Isn’t fire exciting? It’s been a while since we’ve been out for Guy Fawkes Night, so this year we headed down to Thainstone Mart to check out Inverurie’s event, which didn’t disappoint!