Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Glasgow's Mitchell Library

Another clear and fresh day tempted me away from my desk at lunch time yesterday, so I took a wander along to the Mitchell Library (one the the largest reference libraries in Europe) 

which is celebrating 100 years at its present location in North Street.

In the main hall there was a photographic exhibition of the library's history. 


As I was leaving I happened upon an amazing collection of puppets, http://www.theworldthroughwoodeneyes.co.uk/index.html which, together with hundreds of books from all over the world, in numerous languages, has been donated to the library by John Blundall.  

If you are interested in any aspect of puppetry, at any level, then this is the place for you!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A bird's eye view

Whilst waiting for my train the other day I spotted this group/flock/clutch(?) of Magpies.  With gardens on either side of the train tracks, an ideal lookout post to spot to your next target.  Magpies are not my most favourite birds in the world, though beautiful, they are too aggressive - but it was interesting to see so many in the one place at the same time.

Superstition seems to surround these birds, I'm not sure why.  I know people who, whenever they see a magpie, they must acknowledge the bird by saying "Good morning/Good afternoon Mr Magpie".  If not bad luck could befall them!!  Who says?  Is this something you do?   I've never understood why. 

Friday, 6 January 2012

Down by the riverside

I returned to work yesterday after a 2 week break.  I was ready to go back.  Much as I enjoy time off work - I am someone who needs structure and routine otherwise I can allow one hour to pass another and before you know it a day has gone.

After the howling gales earlier in the week it was with a spring in my step that I headed into town. A crisp clear morning and a very short working week ahead made the early rise easy to bear.   Morning passed quickly and lunch-time came.  As has become habit I was preparing to settle down to a sandwich at my desk but was drawn outside by the clarity of light - so  decided to go for a photo walk down by the Clydeside.  

The River Clyde levels didn't appear to be as high as they had been on the news bulletins reporting on the gales

St Andrews Cathedral

The old and the new

I have passed St Andrews Cathedral many times - this time I went inside


Three hours later the city centre was in darkenss and was remarkably quiet for 5.00 o'clock in the evening - normally rush hour - but I guess many peole had extended their time off until Monday when things will be back to normal.

Few people on foot in John Street at the Italian Centre

Few cars on Cochrane Street

and Ingram Street

The Corinthian Building still dressed for Christmas

By Monday Easter eggs will be in the shops - or is it Valentine's Day cards first and the following week Easter eggs?

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

When 2012 came storming in!

This time last year the talking point was all about the weather.  Same time this year and the talking point is once again - all about the weather.  

Last year central Scotland had white out conditions with solid ice coated roads and pavements - and although it was horrendous getting around in such conditions - everything looked picture postcard pretty - so there were compensations.

This morning I was awakened from a deep sleep by the sound of what I thought was the chimney coming off our roof.  After I gave myself a shake - I remembered that we no longer have brick chimneys on our roof! The central belt of Scotland, and in particular our part of the central belt of Scotland, was being battered by high winds and rain - gusts of over 90 miles per hour!   What I had heard was the coping stones on our roof being blown off - gouging a hole in the roof as they made their way - to wherever!  Some have clearly landed in bits on the path in front of our house- others are lodged precariously on the roof beside broken tiles - even more sitting ominously at an angle above where they should be - and the rest I know not where!  We no longer have felt on the roof of our garden shed and our garden fence lies prone on the grass.
Whilst appreciating that the compensation for this year's weather conditions is that, as far as we know, no-one that we know, has been affected -  I am ever hopeful for further compensation from our insurance company.   As I have been sitting for 30 mins at a time trying to make contact with them by telephone I have been pressing some buttons and found this wee girl who, amidst the bedlam, made me laugh:



Hope you are dry, safe and damage free wherever you are hold up! 

Back to manning the phone!

Having revisted the wee songstress on Youtube a number of times since, you might also like to have a peep at her  rendition of "Ye cannie shove yer Granny aff a bus"


Love it!!

Monday, 2 January 2012

"A guid new year to ane an' a', an' mony may ye see....."

It's 2012! Looking forward to the year ahead - who knows what it holds?!

Sing along with "Uncle Alister": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsU15dAvMck

A guid new year to ane an' a'
An' mony may ye see,
An' during a' the years to come,
O happy may ye be.
An' may ye ne'er hae cause to mourn,
To sigh or shed a tear;
To ane an' a' baith great an' sma'
A hearty guid New year.

Wishing you a' the best and a' the rest....!

Bella B! x