First the good news! My granddaughter has not got meningitis. She is back home. She still has the rash. And she has to return in two weeks for another blood test to ensure all is back to normal. Phew.
Our days have been sunny, but cold, and that leads to perfect clear skies in the evenings and - the Northern Lights! This photograph was taken by my friend Lesley, who lives at Rathen, and is an expert, nay ace, capturer of the Northern Lights.
In the very early morning light, which is now about 7.30a.m. (please, please, let us carry on with the clocks going back as it would be misery otherwise), the deer gathered in the field behind us.
The Dawn Patroller (DP) is able to get oot and aboot. This pond is just down the lane. And the Whooper Swans have taken it over.
The Teal wheel about and also come into land - if there is room.
The DP is considering going freelance. I think this means he might get paid for his photographs, but then, he enjoys doing it. Last weekend he did the photographs for the Fraserburgh Herald on the Lighthouse Museum's Halloween event. Last night he was asked by Theatre Modo to photograph the parade and fireworks which took place in Fraserburgh.
There were 600 teenage children from all around taking part. They had been involved, over the last few weeks, with costumes, learning how to handle fire, drum, handle puppets 3 storeys high, walk on stilts, and so on. This has been going on for weeks at various venues, their getting ready. One place used was the fish market at the harbour.
Then, last night, they paraded. Above are the drummers.
The evening finished with a firework extravaganza paid for by Mr Shell. We make the most of our oil rich tycoons, milking our seabeds. Huh.
The theme was about the Lighthouse, in 1556 the Edward Bonaventure ran aground, carrying the Russian Ambassador, and all his gold, which was never recovered (!) So they needed a lighthouse!
Fantastic happenings in the North East of Scotland.