I skirted round the edges Aberdeen in the rain, in search of bright spots and green corners. Above is The Chanonry, a cobbled street in Old Aberdeen. Cobbles are called ‘cassies’ up here, a word I had long forgotten until I was reminded of it on Twitter.
Aberdeen in the Rain
I ran the grass maze in the Cruickshank botanic garden:
Then I caught sight of the Duncan Rice library – ooh, research! – where I found a dolphin (others previously blogged here):
He’s a Doric dolphin that one, Doric being the dialect spoken in these parts. We do have some great words and phrases, such as:
Quine ~ girl. Loon ~ boy.
Flycup ~ a quick cup of tea, often served with a ‘piece’ (biscuit) or if you’re very lucky, a ‘funcy piece’ which might involve chocolate, cream or jam.
Fit like? ~ How are you doing? The accepted answer is ‘Nae bad, fit like yersel?’
The Winter Gardens at Duthie Park are an excellent place to visit when the weather is damp. I remember going there as a child with my Grandmother. She would have loved these colours:
Dancing Round Aberdeen in the Rain
A group of people huddled in the entrance hall, clinging to a vain hope that the rain might go off. I ran across the grass to the bandstand and was immediately reminded of a scene in The Sound of Music (16 going on 17) and indulged in some similar dancing. I am fortunate to have such open, non-judgemental people in my life. They joined in. We had all forgotten about the audience at the door who had quite a good view of the bandstand:
Having provided enough entertainment for one day, we headed home for a chocolate based fly cup and funcy piece.
Chosen Sisters, Romans and Romance
Set in 1st century Scotland, SISTERS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD includes the battle of Mons Graupius between the Romans and the Caledonian tribes. The book features a neurodivergent main character and some rather complicated romance.
“Ethereal and spellbinding….” Historical Novel Society
See the press release here
Review from Terry Tyler: “It’s a fabulous story, a real page-turner and so well written. It made me think about the passage and circle of time, of the constancy of the land on which we live and the transient nature of human life. Loved it.“
Read the article Roman Aberdeenshire features in author’s new book from Grampian Online.
Witchcraft and a Handsome Laird
Taking place mainly in a fictional castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.
See the press release here
Review from Tonya Ulynn Brown: “Before I go any further, I just have to say, this is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read…“
From the Press and Journal: New book by Fraserburgh author highlights horrific extent of witch trials in Scotland
Kidnapping, Slavery and Friendship
FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the kidnapped children and young people of Aberdeen. The story follows the adventures of Elizabeth Manteith from the castle and her determined efforts to get back home. There’s love. There’s derring-dos on the high seas… And there’s chocolate!
See the publisher’s Press Release here
“Filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society Editor’s Pick
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23 Replies to “Fit Like? Aberdeen in the Rain”
I would love to visit Scotland someday. Everything seems so mystical and beautiful! And those dolphins, absolutely lovely. 🙂
I hope you do get the chance to visit Gisele 🙂
I got married in the winter gardens, it’s a beautiful place
How lovely 🙂
One place I would love to visit. My one and only trip to the UK was for work and sadly I only ventured a few hours north of London. Someday.
Haha love it – a chocolate based fly cup! I’ve never heard any of those words about from fit like? Lovely photos, looks like such a beautiful place, I’ve only ever visited Edinburgh in Scotland, and I’m from the north of England! Angelica x
Hi Angelica, many words and phrases are exclusive to this part of Scotland.
I adore the simplicity, humour and tidbits of facts in your posts Ailish! Loving the breakdown in terminology of a ‘flycup and funcy!’. Thanks for another great post 🙂 #ArchiveDay
Glad you enjoyed the post Carol 🙂
Great post – loved the Doric Dolphin 🙂
I love him too
Where do I get one? lol
They were all auctioned off, went for thousands each.
Sounds like I should find some dolphin blanks and make some. They might make a few pennies
Might be an idea!
Here you’ll find my best shot ever of the rain. The yacht is a rather famous creature in this part of the world. https://malleestanley.wordpress.com/2022/08/13/lunenburg/
Beautiful boat, in and out of the rain. Lovely houses too!
Isn’t it interesting how each language has its own unique words. Thanks for giving me a glimpse into Aberdeen Scotland since I live in Aberdeen Canada
I haven’t been to Aberdeen, but it looks full of character and I would hope to visit some time soon!
I hope you enjoy it, if you go.