Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts

Monday, 4 August 2014

Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Kylie's Party!

It's been an amazing 11 days of Games activity here in Glasgow.  The shop is at Kelvinhall next to Kelvingrove Park so there's been days where, out of the blue, a sudden roar of applause and crowd excitement was heard.  Makes your hair stand on end!


Sunday 3rd August was the last day and the only day I had free to see some of the sport and very fortunately had a ticket for the Closing Ceremony :-)  The Men's Cycling was on so I went to the park to watch and cheer.


There we really heavy downpours of rain - steam was rising from the paths... it was full of excitement.




I have no idea how any of the cyclists without glasses could navigate through this!


In the evening I went off to the Closing Ceremony, all the way there, the Clyde Side Helpers cheered everyone on and kept spirits soaring.  One was shouting for us to come on to Glasgow's Biggest party "Kylie's coming" he yelled, we all cheered some more!


In the eleven days there were 261 events, 824 medals awarded, nine world records set...




The athletes were out meeting fans...


Then we got down to the celebrations and handover...


On came Lulu... followed by Glasgow 80s band Deacon Blue


We had more cheering and huge thanks for all the incredible work of all the Glasgow Services...






How many millions of selfies???


 Then there was lots of thanks and summing up of the best games ever and the official handover to Australia's Gold Coast who'll be hosting in 2018 - you lucky things ...AND THEN CAME KYLIE!!!









She's amazing!!!


What a wonderful Closing Ceremony - it was magic.


Finishing up with fireworks and Auld Lang Syne - EVERYONE joined in, it was just incredible.





What a party indeed!
Pure Dead Brilliant :-)



Monday, 21 July 2014

Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park and River

I walk to work with Fifi whenever I can, my favourite route is along the Kelvin River and through Kelvingrove Park.  Here's some pics from the sunshine walks in the past few weeks.


The skies have been Cornflower blue - as Enid Blyton would say :-)
This view of Glasgow University is from Kelvingrove Park.  It's a classic Victorian Park that surrounds the Art Gallery and Museum, designed and created by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1852.


And here's some cornflowers to prove it - I love taking pics of the bumblebees.  These ones are 'Buff-tailed'.




This one has so much pollen collected, like white saddle bags hanging down - how do they manage with those tiny wings?  Sheer willpower!!


There's a few Herons that swoop down the park and sit on the banks or in the trees.


And I had to take pics of the sleeping ducks - all the ducklings are grown now.



But the foxes are my favourite.  These ones were enjoying the evening sun,..


Two of them, one just snoozing away.


The other wandering around and checking out the water's edge.


Fox + Irn-Bru + Scotland = ?


I see this bird often, I'm pretty sure its a Grey Wagtail... I've become a regular at the RSPB website.


Then of course there are the Gulls... this one's a Herring Gull - I think this one's called a Yellow Legged Gull...


It was just sitting cooling it's heels at the waterfall.


This is more like a typical habitat though, rooftops and chimneys.



Saturday, 3 August 2013

Camping in North Kintyre, Scotland

The weather has been unusually hot for a few weeks, which made it really difficult to do anything other than get outside - just too good to miss!


So I packed all my camping equipment into the back of the car and went off to the West Coast of Scotland, to the Kintyre Peninsula for a couple of days.


Fifi was with me as usual.  We went to an excellent campsite right on the beach.


We went for looong walks along the white beaches.


The campsite was opposite the Isle of Jura, so the Paps were visible most of the time.



Fifi had such a good time playing with the children on the beach, she needed to cool off a lot - you wouldn't normally see her wanting to get wet!


Some of the rock formations on the coastline created steps and triangles... I took this pic of natural still life - nothing added.


The colours of the sea - well Atlantic Ocean really - were just stunning.  I have to do more costal colours with my furniture painting!


With fresh clear waters and seaweed forests gently swaying.


We came across the tomb on a cliff looking out to the islands.


The tomb of the Campbells of Drimnamucklach - trips off the tongue doesn't it?  Don't ask me how to pronounce it.


So the skies were clear and we had the most fabulous sunsets.





 This was a sunset on the second night - it was a little bit misty after a scorcher of a day.




I'm hoping to get out and about with the tent some more, but for now the rain is back on. That means back to refurb!!  This week I've been working on a commission - a teenager wants her dressing table white - so more on that next post.