Glasgow Gallivanting: January 2018

Mine Woods Walk

Hello, and welcome to Year 2 of my monthly Glasgow Gallivanting posts! January has been busy for various reasons, most of them not particularly photogenic, but we did get one lovely walk on a Sunday afternoon – even if it wasn’t the one we set out for. We wanted to climb a little hill called Dumyat in Stirlingshire (Doo-my-at and not, as I used to think, Dum-yat), but all roads leading there were closed. Instead, we walked through Mine Woods above the pretty little spa town of Bridge of Allan. Even though we weren’t as high up, the views were still great as you can see above.

25 years ago.

We had an anniversary this month: in January 1993 we moved into our current house. I’ve worked out that in my 60 years I’ve had 18 addresses in 10 different towns or cities, so this is quite a big deal. Once we’d unpacked, we took a lot of photos in our new house, and here are a couple with 2018 recreations.

So, I’m older, heavier, greyer and I can’t see without my glasses now, but there’s one thing that’s the same about me in these pictures. Enlarge, and you might spot what it is. Answer at the end!

The Suffragette Oak

I’ve posted several times about Glasgow’s Suffragette Oak, the last time in November (first picture) when I reported the sad news that it had been damaged by Storm Ophelia. The second picture shows what it looks like now. As well as the tear on the trunk, around 30% of the canopy was lost and to make the tree safe the council had to reduce its height and rebalance it. Its health will be closely monitored and some of the offcuts have been given to Glasgow Women’s Library to make commemorative items. We still hope it will survive in this, its centenary year. (The first women in the UK got the vote in February 1918.)

What about the women?

Maryhill Burgh Halls, where I volunteer as a Heritage Tour Guide, currently has an exhibition of old photographs of Glasgow accompanied by a series of events, one of which is me talking about women’s history in Glasgow. I’ve been busy this month working out what I want to say – then cutting it down drastically – and creating a slide-show. The tickets sold out a couple of weeks ago (only 40, but still) and so I’m repeating it two weeks later. Eep! No pressure, no pressure at all. I’ll let you know next month how it goes.

The last bit

Did you spot the common factor in the 1993 and 2018 pictures of me? It’s the ear-rings! This was entirely unintentional. Just after we moved into the house, John went to a conference in Freiburg and brought them back as a gift (I have a fine collection of ear-rings from all over the world as a result of his travels). On the day we took the new photos I chose them because they reflected the diamond shapes on my top, and I only realised when I looked at the old photos again that I was wearing the same pair!

Finally, here’s a short (1 minute) promotional video about Glasgow which I think sums it up really well. You might even recognise some of the places from my blog!

Isn’t Glasgow braw? That’s my Scottish word for this month – it means beautiful. I hope you agree.

So those were some of the things that have kept me busy in January. How has your month been?

86 thoughts on “Glasgow Gallivanting: January 2018

  1. Dr Sock February 5, 2018 / 23:07

    I love the then and now photos. It provides a visual reminder that: 1. Change is ongoing; and 2. Some things never change.

    Jude

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      • Su Leslie February 13, 2018 / 00:00

        Another earring lover!!! I have a few pairs that were bought in the 1980s that I still wear and love.

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        • Anabel Marsh February 13, 2018 / 07:55

          So do I! Including treasuring a few singles that I loved and was devastated to lose their mates.

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          • Su Leslie February 13, 2018 / 08:49

            😀👍👍 me too. I’ve turned a few into necklaces, and a couple got incorporated into artwork.

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            • Anabel Marsh February 13, 2018 / 08:55

              Yes, somebody suggested a necklace earlier, I’m bearing that in mind. I remember the artwork Chandelier of Lost Earrings which we hosted at the Women’s Library a few years back. If I’d known about that when it was being constructed I could have contributed!

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              • Su Leslie February 13, 2018 / 09:23

                I absolutely love the idea of the Chandelier 😀 An artist friend took some of my strays and included them in a beautiful painting/collage she made for my birthday one year.

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  2. edgar62 February 4, 2018 / 20:27

    Many, many years ago I was in the UAE and went to the gold market where I bought Annabell a set of earrings. She very rarely takes them off. She has been wearing them now for more years than I care to remember. Thus when I looked at the four photographs the first thing I looked for was the earrings.
    PS Temperature is abound the mid 30sc at the moment. Nice.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 4, 2018 / 21:14

      We An(n)abel(l)s and our earnings! Even mid-30s I’d be wilting…..

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  3. rosemaylily2014 February 4, 2018 / 05:32

    I guessed it was the earrings yay! Lovely photos of you both then and now 🙂

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  4. lisadorenfest February 2, 2018 / 08:09

    The Then and now shots were a real fun treat. Beatiful then. Beautiful now.

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  5. Steve Schwartzman February 2, 2018 / 00:43

    I like the way you struck similar poses in the present. We’ll expect a follow-up 25 years from now.

    According to the dictionary, Scottish braw arose as a variation of brave.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 2, 2018 / 07:36

      Ha! I hope we’re all still blogging then. I’ll make sure to decorate my walking frame for the occasion 😉

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  6. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) January 31, 2018 / 14:51

    Love the recreation photos! Your kitchen looks lovely. Good luck with your talk as well, it sounds very interesting! I’m going to be doing a little research into local suffragettes myself for a display at the museum, but am a bit worried as I’ve only just been asked to do it and given a deadline of mid-February!

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    • Anabel Marsh January 31, 2018 / 17:06

      Thank you! Hmm, mid-Feb is not long – but I always work on the “just enough” system. I don’t need to know everything, just enough about each woman for the talk or walk and maybe a little extra in case somebody asks me a question. It’s got me by so far! I’m an expert in nothing.

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