Thursday, 20 June 2013

B for Blue

Ah the blue post .... How quickly the months come around!

When in the east of Scotland recently, near Aberdeen, I seemed to see such a lot of blue, almost all of it azure. Maybe this was because I was looking with anticipation of the next Roy G Biv challenge, or maybe it was because the sun was, at last, shining and the sea was a wonderful summer blue and so noticeable.

We visited the pretty little fishing village of Portsoy on the north Aberdeenshire coast where the harbour was a tranquil and sparkling blue ...


... and then we found a pair of delightful little fishing boats with their reflections (all the boats seemed to be painted blue) ...


... and a blue-painted window frame used to ornament the walls of a courtyard café where we sat in the sunshine with a cup of hot chocolate ...


... and then some lobster pots with blue ropes ...




 ... and a window opening in the wall of a disused building framing a view of the sea - both of which, as you can see, I couldn't resist tampering with in Adobe Photoshop ...


Even when we were in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow earlier on in our trip, we found azure blue, including a magnificent trompe l'oeil seat ...


... and by way of contrast, a set of red and gold stacking chairs, with a blue metal support ...


But then perhaps it's hardly surprising, all this blue. We were in Scotland and the national flag, the Soltire or St Andrew's Cross, is a bright, clear blue too, so I'll end with it in tribute to a place that brings us so much pleasure on every visit ...


... and I can't wait to return.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! I do love those blue boats!

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    1. Many thanks, Deb. It was a beautiful day in a lovely place and the boats were there just asking to be photographed. We'll remember the day for a long time ...

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  2. Lovely images. I really like the window opening

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  3. Thanks Maggi. You are a loyal follower and your comments are always encouraging!
    The 'window' was in the remains of a building of which this wall was the only part still standing. It was well-maintained and looked after and stood on the cliff top - an inspired act of preservation...

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  4. Lots of Cobalt blue in Scotland I see.That window frame with bits of drift wood looks like a cool decorating idea and I like the two blue boats.My favourite though is the window through which you can view the sea.

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  5. My favourite too - it was of no use at all - purely ornamental - wonderful!

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  6. Thank you for joining my blog--I have reciprocated, and was delighted to find this post about Portsoy! As luck would have it, my husband and I spent a last night in Scotland in Portsoy entirely by happenstance and found it and its inhabitants delightful! You had better luck with the weather there, but I remember boats and nets in the harbor sporting various shades of blue.

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  7. Now that's an amazing coincidence! This was our first visit to Portsoy but we will be returning. it was lovely and so small and unspoilt. We regularly visit a family cottage on Deeside, west of Aberdeen, and love the whole area as you will see from some of my previous posts.
    Thanks so much for joinging. You are on my Blobs List so I'll see each time you post and will no doubt catch up with you regularly.

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  8. What a stunning collection of blues! Loved them all but the boats, the window in the stone wall and the wonderful window frame on the wall will stay in my thoughts for a while. I've done a post on blue even though I'm too late for this month's challenge, but I certainly plan to join in with Indigo in July.

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  9. Lovely to see you on my blog ... so I've visited your two - and fascinating they are. I especially liked curtains and the two books in one on your Book Art Object blog. I'm not a book artist as you will see from my blog - I'm more into stitched textiles - but there was lots of food for thought and I'm sure I'ill be back again and will look forward to seeing your indigo...

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  10. I was surprised to see those Scottish blues looking so much like our Mediterranean ones! Wonderful shots, all of them, but that empty window frame stole my heart. It got me dreaming and wandering...

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    1. Ah - the empty window frame - dreams and speculations indeed ...
      As to colour, it was the most beautiful cloudless late spring day - not that usual for Scotland, and indeed surprising colours but when the weather is good up there it's like a kind of paradise - beautiful and quiet with few visitors. That doesn't mean we don't envy you the vibrancy of your colours and the reliable summer heat ...

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