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December 31st 2009
Published: December 31st 2009
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The Scottish Hogmanay or New Year's Eve, is a very important date in our calendar, it is a time to think of the dearly departed and old aquaintances never to be forgotten and those that we may be lucky and have the good fortune to meet in the coming year. Don't write your name in the snow, the wind will blow it away! Write your name in the hearts of the people you come in touch with, that's where it will stay! It can be a sad time of year if you let it, but more often than not, it is for one full of optimisim and for the better times to come! It is a time to gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate and mark the passing of the old year and see in the new together!

I just finished a rather long shift at the airport helping stranded passengers trapped by the sub zero wintery conditions, so finally managed to struggle home in the snow close to midnight. Everything was looking wonderful, so I decided to park up the car and stroll around the deserted streets of Aberdeen with my camera during a snow storm and
Midnight WalkMidnight WalkMidnight Walk

A couple take a stroll in the falling snow through the Schoolhill area of Aberdeen.
try to document what I saw.

There is something truly special and wonderous about the power of freshly fallen snow to wipe away the grime and blandness of a modern city and transform it into something spectacular. It’s amazing how snow softens the sounds and smooths the outlines of the familiar and makes it magic somehow!

As much as I like the winter and those cold crisp days, I still yearn for the milder and longer days to finally arrive and the thaw of the distant spring, hearalding summer might just be around the corner and life in the "big freeze" might finally be about to loosen it's grip. Yes, I heard those legend too!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!.......I'm really lucky to have such great people around me! It's been a mixed year, with some people having the highs and some the lows, but things always turn full circle, just like the cycles of nature, I'm sure as the clock ticks down to Midnight and we enter the start of a new decade, 2010 will be amazing! Enjoy yourselves, stay safe and have a memorable hogmanay and I'll see you out on the road somewhere on
In The Still Of The Night!In The Still Of The Night!In The Still Of The Night!

Freshly fallen snow covers the gravestones in the St Nicholas Kirkyard.
my travels! Cheers everyone!


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Charlotte Bar

My local pub in Aberdeen.
Snow GateSnow Gate
Snow Gate

Robert Gordon University with festive light garland and layer of freshly fallen snow!
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Night Snow

A Kirk steeple and lights of Aberdeen shine out across the Union Terrace Gardens in central Aberdeen.
Guardian's Vigil.Guardian's Vigil.
Guardian's Vigil.

The braveheart William Wallace statue keeps watch over His Majesty's theatre as the snow continues to fall!
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Union Terrace

Snow covered wall overlooking the Gardens in central Aberdeen.
Digging the car out!Digging the car out!
Digging the car out!

Had to go out early to remove all the snow off my car before I could head off to work!
St Machar Cathedral In The SnowSt Machar Cathedral In The Snow
St Machar Cathedral In The Snow

After execution of William Wallace in 1305 he was cut up and sent to different corners of Scotland to warn other dissenters that the same fate awaited them. Parts of his remains are buried in the walls of St Machar Cathedral.
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Cold Graves

St Machar Cathedral, Aberdeen.
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Snow Gate

King's College at Aberdeen University
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Tomb

King's College


2nd January 2010

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HEY MIKE JUST READ YOUR BLOG AND LOOKED AT YOUR PHOTOS, VERY WELL DONE AND WHAT LOVELY PHOTOS THEY ARE. CHEERS MIKE.
12th July 2011
Castlegate Winter

Great photo!
Pity it is featuring on the Front Page, in the middle of July, rather than in 5 months time. :)

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