Rites of Spring in the Botanics. Or, Ribbit!

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Words aren’t really necessary.  The sun was out.  The pond was “hopping”; literally.  I had never seen frogs in the pond before or perhaps had not noticed them?  But here they were. Doing their frog thing; frogspawn was abundant. If … Continue reading

Je Suis Sassenach

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The word “Sassenach” has become well-known with the advent of “Outlander” on television, in what now must be almost every country but Scotland – where we have to watch it on Amazon (I think).  But ever since I started reading … Continue reading

Glasgow’s Garnethill Neighbourhood, Revisited. Encore!

I knew this neighbourhood because the Glasgow School of Art in a major inhabitant.  But I really didn’t know this ‘hood until I took the Garnethill Women’s History Walk offered through the Glasgow Women’s Library last October.

Now I revisit it to see old friends, (buildings and views) and to see if I can spot something new.  Or a new perspective on its buildings, art, life.  Now that The Old Schoolhouse is open and renting rooms, if you are visiting from out of town you can immerse yourself in a great location.

Hence, not a lot of words (except that I recommend a visit!!) but a few more photos.  Cheers!

A close up of a Garnethill speciality

A close up of a Garnethill speciality

Garnetbank School IMG_9097

GSA Assembly Hall

This is the building with the fire damage.

This is the building with the fire damage.

GSA Metal Window adornments

I never tire of this building; looking at it from every perspective.

I never tire of this building; looking at it from every perspective.

Bob

I have been volunteering at the Botanic Gardens “Electric Lights” event.  The other night, while getting ready I looked in the pond and noticed a fish that was upright.  I asked the park warden if the fish was dying (as lots of kids would be there that night).

He gets along with everyone.

He gets along with everyone.

“That’s Bob.  We call him Bob because, well, he’s a bobber.  Something went wrong with his ballast so he is and up and down fish.  He’s fine”.

Funny I hadn’t noticed Bob before, I have been there a lot.  And just then Bob swam….a wee bit.Bob Swims

And then went back to “Bobbing”.  He eats just fine.  The other fish don’t seem to mind that he is a vertical fish instead of a horizontal one.  Just like all families – we aren’t all the same.  Bob has a better view of us.  Swimming must give him a head rush. Bob

Say “hi” to Bob when you are in the Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens.  The fish are lovely to look at.  But please don’t feed them; one fish ate so much he couldn’t digest all his food and they tried to “ballast” him so he would be equally-weighted; it only worked a couple days.  I guess fish, like horses, can’t vomit.  Bob and friends

Eating my way through Glasgow – Riverhill Coffee Bar

Tiny….but growing.

Tiny….but growing.

Eat, Pray, Love.
Eat, Dance, Bliss.

E and I like to eat.  We walk a lot, so we think we can (eat) and I figure she is still growing.  It works for us.  As long as my Fitbit goes over 10,000 steps that day.

We thought we would duck in somewhere new.  We were peckish, well downright ravenous, and another place we checked was “full”.  On the recommendation from a friend at Mulberry (like, handbags!) we went here.  OMG what a delight.

Pastry treats at the Riverhill Cafe, Glasgow.

Pastry treats at the Riverhill Cafe, Glasgow.

The place is tiny; like so tiny that there is a bar with some seats against the wall and we were lucky enough to get two spots.  But crowded as it is winter and we all have coats, scarves, mittens, hats, bags.  And we feel guilty because the place keeps filling up….

We have a sandwich each; and whatever they put in the mayo I could eat every day.  Enhanced the chicken sublimely…and the roll was perfect crunch outside and squish on the inside.

Did we have dessert?  Yes, one to go and one for a gluten-free friend of ours.  The Snickers Brownie was eaten later than day (in another coffeehouse) and was drool-worthy.  At 10 that night we were hungry again, and ate our friend’s gluten-free lemon and poppyseed muffin.  Like a dessert.  (Sorry, Cath!)

Top marks for this gem; and will be happy to see it expanded (as indicated).  Oh, the coffee was great and there was a raspberry green tea that smelled like a berry bush, too!

Fruit Scones

Fruit Scones

Garnethill Women’s History Walk – Creative Mackintosh Month

IMG_6513The day was glorious for weather;  were lucky to be on this particular walk as the other one was cancelled due to the weather. Weather is rather “iffy” at times here in Scotland.

This walk is researched and presented by members of the Glasgow Women’s Library, a 21 year old institution whose original location is part of this walk (below).  21 years on they have moved into a new location Original location of Glasgow Women's Libraryin the east of Glasgow which begins its remodel this month.  From humble beginnings…..

Chookie BirdThe “Chookie Burdies” inhabits the streetlights in the Garnethill neighbourhood; by sculptor artist Shona Kinloch.  There are 150 of these wee delights perching throughout the ‘hood.  Best of all, they won’t poo(p) on your head!  stepping stones inscriptions

Inscriptions in stone in the community park reflect memories of the neighbourhood’s past…poignant.  This was a real artist community at one time and the women whose lives were a foundation here were feisty; like the Glaswegian women I know today.  Their lives live on in these stones; the stories; the legacies they leave.  Unlike the men, whose fame is cast in stone to remember forever in huge statues and stone mausoleums at the Necropolis (also a history walk) women form a foundation of quieter, but perhaps more resilient threads to weave “community”.  High School

We finish our walk at the Glasgow School of Art; the building most identifiable with Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  It is undergoing rehabilitation after this May’s major fire, where much of the Library was destroyed.  Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald was an amazing artist and contributed much to his success and stature in Glasgow; unfortunately much of it coming after their deaths.  Some of her works are in the Kelvingrove Museum, including the original that had been part of the Willow Tearoom on Sauchiehall.

A woman sits as Dean of the Art School now; one of the most successful Deans the school has had. School of Art

I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment of the walk & talk; so I hope I have teased you into learning more on your own!

For more information, please email “info@womenslibrary.org uk” or visit “womenslibrary.org.uk”

Thank you, ladies!  I had an amazing day with you.

Model of School of Art School of Art

Now under reconstruction; the library and damage from the fire May 2014.

Now under reconstruction; the library and damage from the fire May 2014.