Auchmithie is a small coastal village perched high on a cliff, just a few miles north of Arbroath in North East Scotland. When we first moved to Scotland in 2002 we lived there for two years (right on the cliff - pretty amazing after years in landlocked West Yorkshire, England). We still have friends in Auchmithie and go back to visit often (it's not that far away). It really is a beautiful place - quite special.
Every September the village organises a wee festival called the HAAR (Heritage Arts Auchmithie Residents - 'not to be mist') which consists of all sorts of activities. There are historical reenactments of life in Auchmithie when it was a working fishing village, races for children carrying dummies of fishermen (to recall the days when women would carry the men out to their boats - to keep their feet dry), exhibitions by local artists and lots of opportunities to eat fish and/or tea and scones.
We spent much of today in Auchmithie helping artist friends to man their in-the-home exhibition, selling books and postcards and also just enjoying the day out. Here are a few very on-the-hop amateur shots of some of the happenings. It's a small but very friendly festival and comes highly recommended.
Mrs Annie Gilruth, a formidable former resident of the village, played with gusto by current local Ann Craig.
More reenactment (with seaview).
An important part of the very popular fisher wedding - the washing of the bride-to-be's feet!
The wedding procession sets off towards the village church. In the old days they would have had to walk a lot further - all the way to St Vigean's Church several miles away.
Outside the village church - the end of today's festivities (but then they're all back on Sunday for a church service, a more challenging race down on the beach for older residents and a family barbecue).
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