I have been off dissecting accordions with a group of old gentlemen and strolling the back lanes in the dark. I have sold raffle tickets (and won a mouth harp!), and drunk free whisky that made my arms go numb at an art show I contributed a couple of things to. I have been practising old tunes on the concertina around sunset these days. I have spent some lovely evenings in the homes of people who have thrown open their doors to me. In short, I think the anxious blues of the past months have been chased away, and we are settling into another winter. Now that absolutely all of our plans have fallen through, I can safely say that we are staying here in Aberdeen for a little while yet. I think it will be lovely.
|Two very, very late or very, very early crocuses from the other day.|
We will be heading down to Edinburgh later on this week, so I thought I'd share an old photo of some stained glass windows there that I always enjoy looking at when they are lit up at night. The whole matter of "nobody watching" is a little bit funny with all the crazy surveillance in the UK. But it does make me think of my grandparents and the strange joy they seemed to derive from keeping tabs on the neighbours.
Update: I'm back from Edinburgh with more info about the image above. The window displays are still in place, though they weren't lit up when I passed by the other night. On further, closer inspection it appears that they are not stained glass windows, but skillfully done papercuts with coloured tissue paper added. I was also able to find out that the artist is Astrid Jaekel and she has done other delightful installations like this one, which can be seen on her website.