Glasgow Gallivanting: July/August 2019
There was no Gallivanting post in July because we were too busy gallivanting away from home. We stayed in three different places, and just look at the views we had! First, we travelled up the west coast to Dornie and spent a week in a beautiful apartment on the banks of Loch Long (see above).
On our way home, we stopped for a couple of nights at the Isles of Glencoe hotel. I think the view from our window here was even better (see below).
After a few days at home catching up with friends and family we were off again, this time to the east coast just this side of the English border. When I saw the view below online it sold me the cottage we rented in Lower Burnmouth. This is our bedroom window – I admit when we got there I was disappointed to find that high tide that week would always be during the night while we slept and mid-afternoon when we were out. The view at low tide was much less picturesque because there is no sandy beach. However, towards the end of our stay we made sure we were home early enough one day to catch the tide, and watched mesmerised as it receded. Expect many, many more pictures when I finally get round to writing this up …
When we weren’t away gallivanting, we managed to get a few walks in from home. I’ve posted about the Greenock Cut walk before (in April 2016) and nothing much has changed, except there wasn’t a cruise liner in port at Greenock last time.
We’ve also done the walk to Callander Crags and Bracklinn Falls before. However, that was pre-blogging which allows me to do a then-and-now gallery. Here’s 2008:
Followed by 2019 – I don’t seem to have taken any pictures of John, how remiss of me! The cairn is to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 with a small plaque added (and later defaced) for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
A new-to-us walk was Eglinton Country Park. The park has a really interesting history and I might do a full post on that later, so just a couple of photos for now.
In June I wrote about the Oor Wullie art trail, which has taken over several Scottish cities this summer, and posted a few of the Wullies I had snapped. I have many, many more but some people found them ugly or scary so I’ll only add one, Wonder Wullie. I’ve met several other weird figures over the past couple of months though! Joining Wullie below are a cow met outside a pub in Dalwhinnie; Nutkin, from another art trail in the Highlands; the Clyde Mascot from the Commonwealth Games in 2014; Elvis, who has not left the building; and Glasgow University’s Lion and Unicorn which I’ve featured before, but not with their new lick of gold paint.
Clyde and Elvis can be found in Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery which we visited in August to see the excellent Linda McCartney Retrospective (on till January). No photography was allowed in the exhibition but, as always, we came away with a new set of shots. The organ in the Centre Hall is extremely photogenic.
So are the Floating Heads (by Sophie Cave) which grace the East Court, and the Spitfire which flies over the West.
However, I can’t believe I have never properly looked beyond these to the stained glass windows at the end of each gallery. They are quite different, but both stunning (though I prefer the blue bird).
Some new murals by Art Pistol have appeared along the Forth and Clyde Canal at Firhill. Inspired by Mackintosh, one is based on his well-known work Roses and the other on the lesser known Sailing Ships. They’re under a bridge so hard to capture, but I tried. Again, I think I prefer the blue one.
Glasgow Women’s Library welcomed some Kenyan visitors recently. As part of a British Council funded programme the Library has partnered with a group called Book Bunk in Nairobi. Founded by Wanjiru Koinange and Angela Wachuka, Book Bunk aims to transform three public libraries in Nairobi, from throwbacks to a colonial era which excluded Africans, into inclusive spaces with heritage, public art and shared experiences at their core. Read the GWL blogpost about Wanjiru and Wachuka’s visit, watch the Book Bunk video and weep – and if your finger strays towards the Donate Now button, so much the better. Wanjiru, on the left of the picture, is also an author and read some extracts from her debut novel, The havoc of choice, which follows one family during the 2007 Kenyan election and its violent aftermath. It’s not out till next week, but I’ve pre-ordered a copy and can’t wait for it to arrive.
Finally, to two fabulously floral events! My friend Irene held a garden party at which she raised over £1500 for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Cheers Irene! We had a great time.
September sees the heritage festival Doors Open swing into action throughout Scotland. Glasgow’s turn isn’t for another few weeks, but in this 30th anniversary year a celebration was held last weekend in the city’s Govanhill Baths. Blooms with a View filled the old Ladies’ Pool with flowers and acted as a base for various events. We had booked tickets for a talk on Saturday which was unfortunately cancelled, but decided to turn up anyway because we wanted to see the Baths. Here’s the Ladies’ Pool in its “glad rags”.
You might have noticed that underneath the flowers the pool is rather the worse for wear. Originally opened in 1917, the baths survived until 2001 when the city council decided to shut them down. Local residents were outraged and staged a 147 day occupation which saved the building from demolition. The campaign became a charitable trust and has so far raised about £7m towards refurbishment. Officially, the baths are closed again in preparation for work to start, so we were glad to get this opportunity to visit. We also sneaked a peek at the other two pools – the learners’ pool, which looked rather gross, and the main pool which looked rather better!
No Scottish words this month, I’m running out of time. Happy September!
Anabel, you certainly had very nice views from all the places you stayed. The then and now photos are always interesting. That organ is so beautiful!
Stunning views! We were so lucky.
What a busy July and August you had! It looks like you had some fabulous walks. I love the views of Loch Long and Loch Leven. The organ in the Kelvingrove Museum is certainly colorful and photogenic. I can’t find that book you mention either on Amazon or Goodreads. I wonder where I can find it? Also the Linda McCartney retrospective sounds interesting. And kudos on raising all that money for pancreatic cancer. What a fun couple of months. 🙂
I had to look back to see what I had written and what book I mentioned! There is a link to the publisher of Wanjiru’s book – just click on the title. You made me realise I should have had it by now as it was going to be out last month, but I see now it’s not due till later this month.
Thanks, I guess if I want it I’ll have to get it directly from the publisher. I’ll have to keep the link for the future! Have to organize my reading list for next year! 🙂
Maybe once it’s published it will appear on Amazon etc.
Maybe so! 🙂
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Anabel, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award – on my blog). No need to retag somebody if you do not want to. It is just a way to let you know that I really enjoy reading your posts 😊
Thank you, Flavia, that’s really kind of you to say so! I’ll pop over to read your post later.
No worries. Greetings from Rome😘
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Sounds like you’ve been very busy gallivanting! The room with a view looks stunning! Hope it doesn’t flood though if there is a super tide – probably an optical illusion but the water looks very close!
It’s not an optical illusion – the wall of the house drops right down to the beach. John was a bit worried about his car!
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It’s a beautiful view! Hope the car was ok though!
It was fine! No storms – he was worried a big wave would come up and engulf it.
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Such beautiful countryside and wow, what a room with view! I’ve loved reading about your gallivanting. 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting! It was a room with a view right enough.
Wow, Anabel… where to start? I used to comment about your busy and full single months, but these two summer months combined sure look like a fantastic summer to me! Not a spare or dull moment, from art, to culture, to nature. I absolutely love the views out of your accommodation windows in the beginning. It would have been interesting to see two photos side by side at high tide and low tide. But, indeed, the high tide one is spectacular! Often, when I read your multiple-day gallivanting posts, I envy your being in one place for several days. That makes travel so much less exhausting and stressful!
And, how sad Wullie only gets one feature photo. 🙂 I really like that blue bird in the painted glass window as well. And, as always, I like your “then and now” galleries. That colorful organ is quite special as well!
Ah. Liesbet – I can’t give away all my secrets all at once! When I come to post about Burnmouth properly, believe me, there will be multiple shots of the sea at different tides from every window of the house! You might be sorry you asked 😉. We definitely enjoyed having full weeks in one place this year rather than our usual three week road trip. It was relaxing and we got to know an area more thoroughly.
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