Oor Early Days in Finechty
Annabella Flett (Coull) Taylor
  • Dedicated to Annie's old Finechty friends Iris and Mairi
  • Banffshire Advertiser, November 2001

  • Here's a tale it's a richt tae tell
  • O' Iris and Mairi and Annabell
  • Fin we wir quinies ain an' a
  • We a' bade up the Tattie Ra'
  • We played at hoosies in the ferns
  • Up Brae Flett fin we wir bairns
  • Brae Flett--it wiz nae like nae ither
  • For pickin' bluebells fir yer mither
  • Thir wiz swings an a that at Portknockie
  • But we slid doon the slippery rocky
  • Or in the sanny hole we'd play
  • Half wie doon the Stroop Wal' Brae
  • At Dyce's corner we'd have fun
  • Playin' games like `Run sheep run'
  • `Farmer, farmer' and `Go, go stop'
  • Or skippin' wi ' an aul lang rope
  • For rocks that we hid Wast the Toon
  • Wiz the Aul' Grannie and Edindounne
  • Thir wir ither fine rockies and a cosy neuk
  • Far wi wid af'en hae a dook
  • Fin we wir aul'er we'd go doon the Slip
  • A favourite place tae hae a dip
  • McKenzie's beachy wiz a good place tae
  • Fin the tide wiz in, we jumped aff the quay
  • Noo and then if we wir keen
  • We'd go tae the pool at Strathlene
  • If it wiz shut we widna care
  • Cos thir wiz bonnie sannies there
  • Aince a year (or maybe mair)
  • Aye roon the time o' Peter Fair
  • Beside Haff's sheds we'd go a lot
  • For a shottie on Bittel's showdy boat
  • Young we were withoot any grummles
  • Fin off we'd go tae gaither brummles
  • Ower the Truffle or intae the Pleasure
  • The things we did fin we hid leisure
  • Hope ye likit these few lines
  • A story o's fin we were quines.
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  • Annie's granite seat is located by the war memorial, overlooking her beloved Finechty.
  • The inscription reads:
  • "Annie Bella Coull 1938-2000.
  • In loving memory of a wonderful lady.
  • Wife of Ian Taylor architect,
  • mum of Callum Duncan & Andrew"
  • Annie, (1938-2000)