Glasgow Gallivanting: August 2021

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

August has been a very busy month in some ways and very quiet in others – I haven’t gallivanted far, just to my usual local haunts, such as the Botanic Gardens (above) which seemed to be turning into Jurassic Park at one point (below).

I continued to look out for all my favourite swan families.

And to spot new (to me) street art.

So that’s the quiet part. And the busy part? Mum has been quite poorly for most of the month (not Covid-related) and has been in hospital for the last two weeks. I visit every day and spotted this new bench at the Royal Alexandra.

I haven’t been writing blog posts, and my blog reading has been sporadic and cursory. I can’t concentrate on reading books at the moment, so some days a series of short blog posts is a perfect distraction. Other days, I just click “Mark all as read” and have done with it. Apologies if your latest masterpiece got caught up in the latter process! I can’t see things changing very much in the next few weeks, but I’ll maybe be able to catch up again at the end of this month. All the best to everyone for September.


  1. Very sorry to hear your mum is in hospital. At least these days you can visit, and it’s lucky you are close by to be able to see her every day. I hope she improves and is back home soon!


  2. Hope your Mum improves and recovers. At a certain age though we all have to face the inevitable passing of the generations. I had it ten years ago with my mum and dad within five years of each other and now some of my younger friends are at that stage as well. All part of the great plan I suppose. Keep safe and sound out and about..


  3. Sorry to hear this sad news Anabel, a worrying time for you all. I do hope your mum makes a good recovery, it’s not easy and visiting daily is very tiring. Sending you hugs (( )) and much love ❤
    Jude xx


  4. Just relax and enjoy the occasional walk and trip to the gardens. Family life is more important and I know how difficult it is to keep your mind on writing stirring prose when it is elsewhere! See, or read you, back here soon I hope. Meantime, hope your mother is back on her feet soon.