I just had a nasty shock when I realised how close we are to DDay, that is Deadline Day for The Crier! So here I am on a blustery but unseasonably warm evening, trying to gather my thoughts and get something put together for the December issue. Another year has passed and to steal the title of one of A. A. Milne's books of verse "Now We Are Six"
2014 has been a busy year in Scotland, creating lots of interest, bringing in many visitors who spent plenty of money we hope! The weather was amazing also and to sum up I reckon it has been a very good year. As it draws to a close we will all be wondering what the next twelve months will bring, will we have a good or bad winter? Where will we go for holidays? What will we plant in the garden? Same old questions same result, Wait and see.
Over the last few months I have been travelling up and down the A9 and it has been quite fascinating seeing the trees gradually change colour, even the difference as one travels further north. I have taken to driving on the old A9 as much as possible usually on my way south. It is so much more interesting and less stressful than the main road and doesn't take very much longer.
I have heard several comments about the poplar trees in my field. They had been quite a landmark in Abernethy for over forty years, but had reached the end of their lifespan, and were dying off. Both from the aesthetic point of view and the safety factor I decided the time had come to have them removed. High winds could create serious problems especially with the proximity of the new houses on the other side of Cordon Road.
No-one has come up as yet in response to my query as to why we have the names Alma and Inkerman in Abernethy
I am looking forward to seeing the inside of the Wil- liamson Hall after the renovations. It has changed dramatically since I first set foot in it many years ago The Ella Powrie Park too is looking splendid now and I hope is being well used.
The Art Exhibition in the Museum has proved to be most successful once again and will be repeated next year. Many local artists returned and we were pleased to welcome new exhibitors from further afield. It is most satisfactory to know how the news is spread around groups of people with similar interests.
Once again I am looking forward to catching up with the Abernethy news by reading the various reports in The Crier. It is only through The Crier that although one may be involved with some groups one can learn what others are doing and as a result may discover a new interest and make new friends.
Until next year, I take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Very Happy Christmas and All Good Wish- es for 2015.
Winter is just around the corner and it is time again folks to look out for our elderly neighbours. The last couple of winters, if I mind right, were mild with little snow. I am sure we will not get a third snow and frost free winter so get prepared to help a neighbour.
Clearing a path to a front door, sweeping snow from a drive to allow a car out or popping to the shops for a few odds and ends.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our Readers and Advertisers. The Ed