Friday, 6 July 2018

A good year for the roses...

Today, for Rosy and the LLB gang's Flower Friday, I want you to come with me to visit a very special place, the Piper Alpha Memorial Garden in Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen.

Why here, why now?

Well today, Friday 6th July 2018, it is exactly thirty years since the Piper Alpha oil platform exploded into flames and 167 workers perished in the North Sea oil industry's worst ever disaster.

A statue commemorating the men who died stands in the centre of a beautiful rose garden, and this year, after so much warm sunny weather recently, the blooms are simply stunning.

I don't suppose that all those who perished were, in life, angels - they were just the usual human mix. But not one of them deserved to lose their life so tragically early, in a disaster that was entirely preventable.

Gail and I hope you enjoy the roses, and as you do so, please spare a thought for relatives and friends left behind, many of whom live locally in the Aberdeen area.


  1. Hari OM
    OMD Bertie lad, I was watching the news this morning and seeing that today was the anniversary and Hazelhead was shown on the article and I immediately wondered if you and Gail would visit there this week!!! Thank you so much for showing us how beautiful it is and the joy of life bursting forth in honour of those whose lives were tragically lost... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. What beautiful flowers, and a stunning memorial to such a tragic loss.

    Inca xx

  3. What a beautiful garden to remember such a tragic loss.

  4. Bertie we had no idea about the explosions on the Piper Alpha, may all their souls rest and we hope their loved ones found peace...'lest we forget'!!
    The roses are absolutely stunning. The yellows especially. They grow low to the ground too which we like. The ones my Uncle G grow are rather tall.

    Thank you for this most beautiful post
    Hugs madi and mom

  5. What a horrible and sad disaster. The roses are just beautiful - so many gorgeous colors!

  6. What a lovely tribute to those lost so tragically.

  7. What a beautiful Memorial Garden and a wonderful tribute for those lost...
    Rosy, Arty & Jakey

  8. Oh, how BEAUTIFUL!!! Mom gave up on roses - the Japanese beetles devour them:(

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. Dear Bertie,

    That is a beautiful remembrance. Our person had not heard of this incident, so thank you for sharing that with her!


  10. A very beautiful memorial garden.
    Hazel & Mabel

  11. Beautiful roses for such a sad memory.

  12. What a beautiful memorial garden, but how sad about all the people that lost their lives in a preventable tragedy.

  13. Very beautiful, Bertie. No one deserves an end like that.