Aberdeen’s crime writing festival was back for its second year last weekend, with a great lineup of events. I attended some with my workmates on the Sunday.
It seems like the last two years has been all about weddings, especially with Gareth and me having two! Now that it’s been about 6 months since it was all over, I definitely don’t miss all the planning and logistics and billions of emails, but it’s been really nice to look through all our photos, and to look back at some wonderful experiences.
To begin with, we had a civil marriage ceremony in Aberdeen. It was book-themed; nothing epic (just google literary weddings!), but simple touches that appeal to our bookish sides. The ceremony was in Drum Castle, in the library, and we used these quotes in the invitations and order of service.
Move over Taipei, Tokyo, and Tyneside – Aberdeen now has its very own Cat Café.
I was on my way to the Music Hall earlier this week, and stopped to admire the pretty Christmas lights in the street and the shops.
And then it was time for what is becoming a wee tradition with my friend Judith: the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Snowman Concert.
The Snowman is screened, narrated live by a guest (this year it was Blythe Duff from Taggart), while the orchestra plays and a young soloist performs Walking in the Air. Just magical.
In the second half, the orchestra and RSNO choir get their Christmas outfits and accessories on (this year the second violins came back as Snow White and the seven dwarves) and they perform old favourites and brand new Christmas pieces, while the audience get to join in for some of them. The musicians are wonderful, of course, but the whole production is pulled together fantastically by the conductor, Christopher Bell, who hams it up and gets the audience to play along even more.
I absolutely love it, and highly recommend it – and if anyone wasn’t feeling festive yet they certainly would be after that!