About me

Anabel 1996

I’m a retired librarian living in Glasgow. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was little, I always said “an author”. I filled notebooks with stories and poems which I was sometimes asked to read to the class in primary school. Writing essays in secondary school and university seemed to knock that creativity out of me and I modified my bookish ambitions to becoming a librarian (sorry to say, I was under the impression I could read all day). Now, in the wonderful era of the world-wide web, anyone can be an author and here I am writing again.

I’m not a native Glaswegian, but I’ve been here since 1986 and can’t imagine living anywhere else now – it’s a great city with lots going on. Edinburgh might have the biggest festival but we seem to have one every month or so, my favourites being Celtic Connections (music) and Aye, write! (books). Eating out is excellent, especially if you like curries as I do. I’ve been a vegetarian since 1983, and this can have an impact on travelling, so this is a big advantage as an Indian restaurant is often one of the more reliable places to find good vegetarian meals (although I admit my first Glasgow curry brought tears to my eyes and I couldn’t speak for some time).

Anabel 2015 – spot the difference!

Another feature of Glasgow is that it’s a very green place with a high number of parks which we enjoy visiting, and we’re also really well placed for getting into the hills, both up to the Highlands and down to the English Lake District.

My travelling companion is nearly always John, my husband of almost 40 years. I do most of the planning before we go, but he’s much more practical once we get there, finding his way around with ease while I trail in his wake without a clue how to get to where I want to be (no sense of direction). We make a great team.

84 thoughts on “About me

  1. everythingmusic August 23, 2017 / 23:20

    Your blog is amazing! I am from and live in Glasgow and reading your posts make me proud to live in such a wonderful city:)


  2. usathroughoureyes May 2, 2017 / 18:41

    It is going to be so much fun traveling along with you and seeing that regions through your eyes and words.


  3. darkjasm December 30, 2016 / 01:19

    Lovely meeting you, Anabel! Thanks for visiting back, really appreciate it.
    I love reading your post, I hope to see Glasgow for real in 2017. *finger cross*


  4. Happily Tanned December 14, 2016 / 10:31

    Hi Anabel! Good to know you. I loved reading your posts 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh December 14, 2016 / 11:26

      Thank you! I look forward to repaying your visit soon.


  5. EarlGreyorNoWay December 9, 2016 / 02:10

    Hi, Anabel! I saw the title of your blog and had to check it out. Being of Scotch-Irish descent, I was naturally curious. I’m making it a priority to visit the land of my ancestors someday.
    I look forward to reading all about your gallivanting!


    • Anabel Marsh December 9, 2016 / 07:55

      Thanks and welcome! You’ll find a mixture of gallivanting in Scotland and much further afield.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Anabel Marsh November 16, 2016 / 14:52

      Apologies, this ended up in spam and I’ve just found it! Sounds a great idea, and thank you, but I’m sorry I don’t have time to participate right now.

      Liked by 1 person

      • kethuprofumo November 16, 2016 / 14:54

        Dear Anabel, the awards will be over by the end of January. So join us if you have some spare time.

        Best regards,

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Daal November 4, 2016 / 05:20

    am so glad I stumbled upon your lovely blog 🙂


  7. Inger October 18, 2016 / 18:48

    Nice meeting you Anabel! 🙂


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