Hogmanay 2006-2007 Aberdeen and Stonehaven

I don’t think I’ve ever ‘been away’ for Hogmanay before, but this year a group from church organised by the wonderful Maggs did something different. Maggs had a friend who’s house in Aberdeen was going to be empty over New Year and who would let us borrow it. This turned out to be the home of ‘Rock God’ but more of that in a future blog (Rock God is too big to share a single blog posting).

So 10ish of us spent the weekend of 30 Dec 2006- 2 Jan 2007 in a lovely big house in Aberdeen, a City I’ve not spent much time in and which I now know a little better. I should know it a lot better now thanks to Simon who endeavoured to show us around in weather bad enough to later cancel Hogmanay celebrations in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was wet, really wet, very wet indeed – it was Wet Wet Wet!!! (BTW, I haven’t actually checked to see if the heavy rain we were wandering around Aberdeen in on the afternoon of 31st was actually moving south, but it makes a better story that way.) very wet in Aberdeen
image from FLICKR

more fireball pics here

Maggs aim was to spend Hogmanay in Aberdeen City Centre where Wet Wet Wet were headlining, however, I managed to convince some people to go to The Ancient Fireball Ceremony in Stonehaven. Four of us went to that and had a great time.We arrived around 10:30-10:45ish and got a great parking space by chance, wandered around trying to figure out what was going to happen and where would be the best place to watch it… We talked to some very friendly Police, then some stewards and were told what was going to happen and found a great spot.

The Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony itself was good fun and a nice way of seeing in the new year. Very friendly atmosphere not full of drunks like most big city centre Hogmanay gigs (although those who went The photo above and most of the others photos on my FLICKR pages were taken by Isabel as I was taking some video footage – hopefully to be edited and posted soon.

So, Hogmanay came and went – New Years day was cooking, a walk on the beach then eating (lots of each). When we went to the beach my visual drive surfaced and I couldn’t simply walk up and down the beach when there were waves breaking on the beach. I’m deliberately saying it that way because I’m sure others couldn’t figure out the attraction of standing by a tripod looking through a lens while you could walk up and down and chat, etc. Oh well, it’s good to be different.

people Pipe People beach

And now, back to Glasgow after a nice weekend. Fun Hogmanay. Rock God. Fireballs. Beach. Aberdeen was fun. Thanks to all involved!

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