Our Instagran this week is Christine Mackie, from Aberdeen.
The 71-year-old volunteers at Woodend Hospital, is a Culter Parish Church elder and fundraiser, and organises Culter in Bloom. Bighearted gran-of-four Christine is more often behind the camera than in front of it. But here she shares some rare snapshots from her busy life…
In the Navy…
My son Michael, now a civil servant, was a Regulating Petty Officer in the Royal Navy for 24 years, during which time he met his wife Nicole, a Sub-Lieutenant. They live in Portsmouth. This picture, with my grandson, Logan, was taken at the rededication ceremony for HMS Albion in the summer of 2017. Princess Anne and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, were there. It was a special and very memorable day.
My husband Mike and I are so proud of our wonderful family. There is nothing I like more than spending time with my sons Christopher, 46, Michael, 43, their wives Judith and Nicole, and my grandchildren Ellie-Mae, 15, Camryn, 12, Orla, 11, and Logan, 10. This photo of Mike and I with Orla was taken at my surprise 70th birthday party.
Bored? Me? Never
Here I am on the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in Aberdeen’s Hazlehead Park. Oor Wullie is close to my heart. I always had The Broons and Oor Wullie when I was a kid. The Sunday Post was the paper in our house and would be read right through the week. We’d get the cartoons and the annuals, too. The Bucket Trail is a great cause. As a volunteer, I know how important it is to help others. I have never been bored or fed up. There is so much out there for people to do.
My darling Camryn
This is me enjoying a cuddle with Camryn. Mike, who at 72 still loves his work as a painter, picked her up after school to come for afternoon tea at Jo Jo’s café on Aberdeen’s Belmont Street. My grandchildren mean the world to me. Camryn and Orla are in Aberdeenshire, but Ellie-Mae lives in Rugby with her mum and Logan is in Portsmouth, so we see a little less of them. But we were in England for Christmas and were back again in February.