Brig o’ Balgownie

Bridges are very clever things. Spanning rivers and harbours they hold a lot a weight and somehow manage, most of the time anyway, not to fall into the water. Aberdeen has some very old bridges including one of the oldest in Scotland, a medieval bridge over the River Don called the Brig o’ Balgownie.

It was built in the 12th Century according to Wikipedia and is thought to have been the work of Scottish architect, Richard Cementarius. There is some dispute over who commissioned the bridge but credit has been given to both Robert the Bruce and Bishop Cheyne.

It’s a lovely old stone bridge with a single arch and is open to pedestrians and cyclists only. We cycled all the way over to it, which, although it wasn’t far, was quite exhausting because there were a few hills. Busby does not really do hills. I can manage them as long as they’re not too steep but there was one hill that I had to get off and push the bike up. I can’t stand and pedal on Busby as my knees hit the wooden box at the front. Ben actually ended up pushing Busby up the hill for me. There were also quite a few roads with cobblestones and these are not so great for cycling.

This next photo was taken in Seaton Park, which is right beside the River Don, and quite lovely and enormous.


Here’s the bridge:




I really am impressed that humans managed to build things like this so long ago. It’s a magnificent bridge that will hopefully be around for many more centuries yet.


What do you think of this dress? I got it at the charity shop yesterday and I’m not sure whether I like it. The cardigan I made myself.


There were some lovely little stone cottages nearby:

I don’t think the kids enjoyed it very much. As we were nearing the bridge I began explaining the historical significance of it to Daniel and his response was, “Where is the cafe?”.


  1. Perhaps the bridge lasted so long because they didn’t allow motor vehicles on it. Lol.

    Dress looks good.

    I think kids appreciate history only after certain age, going by my experience. I did not care much about history in school or college. Now I do, but don’t find time.

    1. Yes, I doubt the bridge would look so good if there were cars on it. But it’s also made out of stone and humans, over the years, have maintained it too.

  2. I think your cardigan is awesome (and I love the tights)! I’m not sure about the dress either, I think if you tried it with some lighter colours it might be easier to tell?

    1. Yes, I think you’re right. When I looked at the dress again last night in the mirror I really liked it but I don’t like it in this photo so perhaps it’s the cardigan that doesn’t match with it? It’s a summery dress so I might just have to wait for summer to wear it.

    1. Yes, navy blue is my colour but I’m not a true redhead. I have the skin of a redhead, very fair and it freckles rather than tans, but I colour my hair.

      1. When I was a little boy, my mother told me redheads are special. More desirable in some way. Fiery. Sensual. And passionate. I think she secretly hoped I would marry one. I didn’t but, understandably, have always been curious.

      2. I love red hair. Two of my sisters are redheads and it’s gorgeous. Sadly I didn’t get the red hair, just the skin that burns easily 😦

      3. Ah, the skin of redheads, a subject close to my heart. About an inch.

        Of course there’s a big range of redheads, but the lighter-colored ones (generally with blue or pale green eyes) have slightly translucent skin (so the blood color shows through). This is the case even when one can (very, very carefully) acquire a tan. I’ve avoided getting a tan for decades now (skin cancer bad!), but unavoidably my lower arms have a permanent one (in between the many freckles). Interestingly that pink undertone is visible right through the tan. Blonde-spectrum skin, like Rachels’ AFAICT from the photos, can get very pink indeed but the effect appears to me to be more on the surface. More melanin combined with more capillary development, maybe? I’ve seen some strawbs who had both things going on, sans the sunburn it takes for me to look like that.

      4. I often have that pink undertone but maybe not quite as much as a red head and I’ve got freckles too. Not on my face but all over my arms. I think they’re fading since we moved to Scotland though 🙂

  3. The dress goes well with the cardigan (that’s an amazing thing to make!) and the bridge looks wonderful – so beautiful and imposing and as you say, made such a long time ago.

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