Glasgow Gallivanting: April 2022
It has been a relatively quiet month here on the blog because, guess what? It has been busy with gallivanting! We’ve been away twice, including a week spent in this sweet little cottage in Dun, near Montrose on the Angus coast. This leaves a huge backlog of posts to prepare, so for the moment I’ll stick to some brief observations of Glasgow in the Spring. It’s a colourful time!
The Botanic Gardens is looking bonny, and its yarn-bombed bench has appeared for the season. This is decorated in crochet-work every year by the daughter of Rita McGurn, an artist who lived nearby, in honour of her late mother. The current version looks particularly fine with its twiddly corners. I’m sure there is a technical term for that, so apologies to any crochet experts out there!
We found some more of Louise McVey’s graffiti ceramics in Dowanhill.
And a couple of new (to me) murals – the one on the shutter is in Argyle Street in the city centre, and is by Frodik; the one on the wall is by Mark Worst and can be found on West Princes Street in Woodlands.
These things just made me smile. I like the marketing ploy of this bagel shop on Dumbarton Road – and is this the longest (and most precarious looking) entrance to a cat-flap ever? Seen by the Forth and Clyde Canal at Ruchill.
On a beautiful sunny morning I ventured across the Clyde to the Southside to meet a friend for coffee. Last year, I did a post with various clock towers spotted around Glasgow and these two would be worthy additions.
We went to our first really big gig since Covid – Blondie at the SEC Hydro. Just us and a few thousand others. It was FABULOUS and I can’t believe Debbie Harry is 76 – boy, has she still got it. Normally, we would go for dinner in a restaurant beforehand, but for various reasons we couldn’t do that so grabbed a pizza at the venue. Not the best picture of John ever: eating pizza from a box balanced on a bin, hmm! Classy.
Hooray, my “career” as a women’s history guide has taken off again – I even have a booking as far away as January. This month, I have led two walks and given a talk, all for different organisations. The Glasgow Women’s Library Necropolis walk made it onto a podcast. We’re famous! The link is in the tweet below. The whole thing is just under half an hour, but if you want to hear me tell a story of witch trials go to around the 7 minute mark. After over 35 years in Glasgow, I imagine I have a Scottish accent, so I’m always amazed when I hear myself recorded – I still sound like a Geordie lass.
These are the fabulous women who run the Necropolis heritage walks and volunteer for Glasgow @womenslibrary!
They are also known as “History Detectives”!
— wildforscotland (@wildforscotland) April 27, 2022
As we hurtle into a new month, can you believe that’s a third of the year gone already? I hope your May is a good one.