A former housemaid who celebrated her 100th birthday this week believes keeping busy and sticking to a plain diet are the secret to her long life.
After leaving school at the age of 14 in 1932, Strichen-born Alexa Alexander began work as a housemaid in a number of locations across Aberdeen and Ellon.
Aged 21, she married her husband, Sandy Alexander, in the year World War 2 broke out and decided to leave the workplace.
The couple lived on Airdlin Farm, beside Ellon, where they raised their daughter Agnes and three sons Billy, Frank and Sandy. Her husband passed away in 1987.
Alexa now lives at Ythanvale Care Home in Ellon, where she enjoys knitting and doing quizzes in her spare time. Daughter-in-law Heather Alexander credited her mother-in-law’s diet and activities for her longevity.
She said: “Alexa enjoys plain food and keeping busy.”