SPECTRA Aberdeen

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.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

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.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

We mainly wandered round Union Terrace Gardens.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

The arches in the gardens were perfect little spaces for the installations, and some had their own splendid street art lit up.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

Not sure what this group were doing (those boxes made clicking/pulsing noises like a geiger counter) but they seemed to be having fun.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

My favourite piece: fluorescent yarn art by local schoolchildren.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

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.

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Ready for Christmas

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?

Inverurie Bonfire & Fireworks

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!

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Inverurie Scarecrow and Flower Festival

The St Andrew’s Church in Inverurie holds an annual flower festival, and this year they organised a Scarecrow festival as well, to commemorate their 175th anniversary. Local schools, business, and families got on board, and over the weekend there were lots of scarecrows all over town.

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Spring is a time for all things new

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and it’s a special time all round. Along with Easter, this time of year brings New Year celebrations for many South- and South-East Asian cultures – for my family it’s Tamil New Year.

Here in Aberdeen, skies are blue, and there’s to plenty to admire outside.

2017-04-13 Cherry blossom
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