By Fergus Walker
Huntly is a cozily laid out wee toon. Although it seems quiet during the day, and quite a few shops are closed down (there are two great big supermarkets on the outskirts), it is a hive of creative activity, with a several festivals running throughout the year, notably the Huntly Hairst, the food and farming festival.
After arriving in Huntly on Thursday, we were sad to have to say goodbye to Marie Louise, who headed off back to Edinburgh. However, we had a day off, which, after so many busy days, we were glad of. It was a chance to get to know the Aberdeen countryside. It is always surprising to see how few houses there are, considering how beautiful it is. I had a great time climbing the vitrified hill fort on the Tap of Noth.
Our appearance in Huntly on Friday was at the Glamourhaugh Allotments. They are in a great spot down by the river Bogie, and were recently set up with LEADER funding. The gardens have a great tea shed, and recently built fire pit and seating, thanks to a strong connection with Finland.
There are several private plots as well as a very impressive community garden, partly tended by the school, but also by a group from Huntly Mental Health, a highly enterprising enterprise who do all sorts of things, from gardening to rebuilding scrap bikes for resale. It was them who we were in touch with prior to our visit.
The Seed Truck crew was strengthened by another ‘trucker’ from Kirkliston, Rob Davidson, who led a workshop on seed saving.
We had a ceilidh round the fire that evening, with songs, stories and lively discussion. We were joined again by Lilian Ross, who originally came from Aberdeenshire.
We again were given a bag full of all different sorts of seeds to take on.