We planned an excursion slightly to the south, before Christine migrates to Glasgow at the end of the month.
Our first stop was a curious little shop in a one-horse town: The Swatchmaker in Laurencekirk.
The shop would not be out of place on the Byres Road: a small hand-picked collection of curios, crafts and vintage clothing. Is Laurencekirk "up and coming"? Who knew? Christine and I both found something to buy, but it was a long way to go for a vintage sewing pattern (me) and a tatting booklet (Christine)!
Luckily, we had also planned a visit to a "destination tearoom" at Balmakewan. When we arrived, they were still serving amazing-looking breakfasts, but we were on a strict coffee-and-cake diet today. We found a bright spot and pulled out our knitting, attracting a stage whisper of: "Exciting!" from a woman at the next table - hee!
I was able to deliver her Willowherb socks, which she kindly agreed to model in the wild.
Hooray - they fit!
|Willowherb high-kicking in the willowherb|
Back in Aberdeen, I had 20 minutes in town before my train, and popped into Zara to scoff at the sale. Oh how the cynical are fallen! Look what I bought for £5!
The next time we meet, it will probably be in Glasgow: lots of day-trip potential there! ;)