A Glasgow perspective: bridge over troubled water

Hump-Back Bridge, River Kelvin

There are many bridges over the Kelvin in Glasgow, but this one is my favourite. We have crossed it many times on our lockdown walks, and before. Built in 1908 by Messrs Orr, Watt and Co. Ltd of Motherwell, it links the Botanic Gardens and the Kelvin Walkway. It used to be black, and for many years it was blocked off awaiting restoration, until suddenly it burst back into life with its new blue and cream paintwork. Here are a few more perspectives on the bridge.

And here is a perspective from the bridge, looking up to the road bridge on Queen Margaret Drive from which the opening image was taken. As a bonus, here is the same view with John during our first year in Glasgow, 1986.

My second favourite bridge over the River Kelvin is this one at Garscube Estate, and by coincidence John also stood there in 1986. It seems our walking routes haven’t changed much in 30+ years!

The water doesn’t look very troubled in any of my photographs (though you should have seen it in February after two months of rain).Β  However, I’m not going to let that affect my choice of music. Bridge Over Troubled Water came out in 1970 and, although it certainly wasn’t my first record, it was the first LP I remember choosing and buying myself. I still love Simon and Garfunkel and regret never having seen them live as a duo, although I’ve seen them individually twice each. In both cases, the first time was great – and the second time? I should have held on to my memories.

Linked to Becky’s SquarePerspectives challenge.

57 thoughts on “A Glasgow perspective: bridge over troubled water

  1. Jonno July 23, 2020 / 08:52

    Who doesn’t love a bit of Simon and Garfunkel and Bridge over Troubled Waters is one of their best. Love the cool hump-back bridge over the river, can never resist crossing a bridge like that.

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  2. Retirement Reflections July 23, 2020 / 02:50

    I love the feature photo! Yours or Johns?
    BTW – John’s 1986 photo looks a bit like Ringo Starr! πŸ˜€

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter July 23, 2020 / 08:15

      I think I took all of these but I’d have to go back to the metadata on the PC to find out. Can’t seem to work it out from iPad! Ha ha, I can assure you his appearance might resemble Ringo Starr there, but his sense of rhythm bears no comparison. I would not put a drumstick in his hand!

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  3. Elaine - I used to be indecisive July 22, 2020 / 12:53

    I like the colours of the bridge. Thanks for sharing Bridge of Troubled Water – I have happy memories of listening to that with friends, back in the day. πŸ™‚

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