Winnie shares her thoughts

by Andrew Reid

A DEESIDE woman has recently written her second book at the ripe old age of 87.

Torphins resident, Winnie Carnegie, has followed up her highly acclaimed first book, Ugie Pearls, which was published in 2000, with a new volume of childhood memories and humorous views on growing old gracefully, Pansies for Thoughts.

The new book, which was published last month, looks like being another successful seller, with its collection of autobiographical tales and poems about Winnie's youth in the Buchan countryside and her later life in Deeside - she moved to Torphins in 1977.

The book was a real family effort with Winnie's talented daughter, Lin, adding the wonderfully atmospheric illustrations, and her other daughter Norma Smith, from Aberdeen, taking control of the production and marketing of the book.

Winnie was born in the tiny community of Inverugie, three miles from Peterhead and after attending the local academy she studied shorthand and typing and worked in an accountants' office in Peterhead.

Then Winnie passed the Civil Service exams and headed for London where she worked in a tax office before being evacuated to Wales during World War 2.

She married George Brown, a tax inspector, in 1943 and had two daughters and a son, Jeems, who lives in Bristol. George died in 1994, aged 80.

Winnie had often had short stories, letters and poems published in local papers, but over the past few years has found more time to write seriously and produce her books.

Pansies for Thoughts, priced 6.95, is available at various outlets throughout Deeside, including Inverglen Gifts and and the Raemoir Garden Centre, in Banchory, Campfield Filling Station, Morning, Noon & Night, in Torphins, Floras Restaurant, Cullerlie, A.A. McCubbins, Lumphanan, Treasures, in Kincardine O' Neil, Cults Newsmarket, A. B. Yule's in Ballater and The Sign of the Black Faced Sheep, in Aboyne.