Now It Really Is Summer In Glasgow

8 Jul

Something I forgot to mention last week was that one day when we had the door to the conservatory open so Charlie had plenty of fresh air, we also got a visitor.  A pigeon flew in and had to be caught and shown the great outdoors.  More on that in the photos.

The weather on Monday was sun breaking through the clouds at 07h00 then raining by 08h30.  Tough, we had decided to go to the coastal town of Largs so off we went.  By the time we got there it was not raining but the wind was cold and quite strong, at least on the seafront.  We found a coffee shop a block back in the shopping streets and sat outside quite comfortably for 15 minutes then it started to rain.  Seems the weather is very changeable at the moment so our strategy is to just go ahead with our sightseeing plans regardless.  There is no point waiting for the weather to clear because by the time you get moving it has changed again.  By Saturday and Sunday the weather was lovely.  In fact, Sunday was easily the sunniest and warmest day we have had here.  I even needed to dispense with my merino vest!  It was a nice day for a morning visit to Geilston Gardens before we got our stuff organised for departure on Monday morning.

I'll bet you thought that GFC stood for Global Financial Crisis, didn't you?  Well, it is actually Glaswegian Fried Chicken!  Now, where is that secret blend of herbs and spices?  Nah, just joking!  ;-)

I’ll bet you thought that GFC stood for Global Financial Crisis, didn’t you? Well, it is actually Glaswegian Fried Chicken! Now, where is that secret blend of herbs and spices? Nah, just joking! 😉

Largs has been a favoured summer retreat for Glaswegians for over one hundred years.  This is how it looks in early summer...

Largs has been a favoured summer retreat for Glaswegians for over one hundred years. This is how it looks in early summer…

The view to the ~ENE from above the Greenock Golf Club across the River Clyde.  Loch Lomond and the Trossachs NP is in the distance.

The view to the ~ENE from above the Greenock Golf Club across the River Clyde. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs NP is in the distance.

This was a peculiar place.  Quarriers Village charity was founded in the late 19th Century by William Quarrier, a shoe retailer from Glasgow. Quarrier began looking after homeless children in the 1870s, opening a night refuge for homeless children in Renfrew Street, Glasgow in 1871.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarriers

This was a peculiar place. Quarriers Village charity was founded in the late 19th Century by William Quarrier, a shoe retailer from Glasgow. Quarrier began looking after homeless children in the 1870s, opening a night refuge for homeless children in Renfrew Street, Glasgow in 1871. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarriers

In a lane off Buchanan Street in downtown Glasgow.

In a lane off Buchanan Street in downtown Glasgow.

This was a fashion store and it had three street frontages like this.  I counted a total of 850 old sewing machines.  I guess there were plenty of them around Glasgow when all the mills and related factories were thriving here.

This was a fashion store and it had three street frontages like this. I counted a total of 850 old sewing machines. I guess there were plenty of them around Glasgow when all the mills and related factories were thriving here.

The main entrance area of the Glasgow City Chambers.

The main entrance area of the Glasgow City Chambers.

Glasgow Green sen through the McLennan Arch, found at the north-west entrance.  This arch was designed by guess who?!  Robert Bloody Adam!  We keep stumbling upon his legacy everywhere we go.  This arch has had three previous sitings in Glasgow and moved to this site in 1991.  The park has a rich history.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Green

Glasgow Green sen through the McLennan Arch, found at the north-west entrance. This arch was designed by guess who?! Robert Bloody Adam! We keep stumbling upon his legacy everywhere we go. This arch has had three previous sitings in Glasgow and moved to this site in 1991. The park has a rich history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Green

Summer in the park!

Summer in the park!

This is where we have been staying looking after Toffee & Pepsi (dogs), Charlie the parrot, two hens and three ducks.  It is right on the edge of farmland.  On the other side of the road is a medium density council estate.  It is about 30 minutes from the centre of Glasgow by car.  Very convenient.

This is where we have been staying looking after Toffee & Pepsi (dogs), Charlie the parrot, two hens and three ducks. It is right on the edge of farmland. On the other side of the road is a medium density council estate. It is about 30 minutes from the centre of Glasgow by car. Very convenient.

The Tall Ship at the Glasgow Riverside Museum on a fine day.

The Tall Ship at the Glasgow Riverside Museum on a fine day.

View down the deck of the Glenlee.

View down the deck of the Glenlee.

The front approach to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The front approach to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

A Spitfire suspended inside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum above a display of natural history.

A Spitfire suspended inside the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum above a display of natural history.

The main entrance hall at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with the organ above the doors.

The main entrance hall at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum with the organ above the doors.

Another display hall in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Another display hall in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum seen from the Glasgow University hill.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum seen from the Glasgow University hill.

Glasgow University, which is the 4th oldest in the English-speaking countries. The University was founded by the Papal Bull under the papacy of Pope Nicholas V in 1451 and King James II gave Bishop William Turnbill the permission to add it to the city’s cathedral. During the Reformation, the Mace and the Bull were taken to France, and while the Mace was later returned, the Bull was either lost or stolen.

Glasgow University, which is the 4th oldest in the English-speaking countries. The University was founded by the Papal Bull under the papacy of Pope Nicholas V in 1451 and King James II gave Bishop William Turnbill the permission to add it to the city’s cathedral. During the Reformation, the Mace and the Bull were taken to France, and while the Mace was later returned, the Bull was either lost or stolen.

The Hunterian Museum is housed in several buildings in the University’s main campus.  The museum, which is the oldest public museum in Scotland, was founded in 1807 with funds left by Dr William Hunter in his will. Hunter was a physician, an anatomist and one of the leading obstetricians of his day. He was also a great book and coin collector, and his collections were bequeathed to the museum.  With over a million items, the museum is full of Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall, items from Capitan Cook’s Voyages of Discovery, meteorites and scientific instruments that once belonged to Lord Kelvin and James Watt.

The Hunterian Museum is housed in several buildings in the University’s main campus. The museum, which is the oldest public museum in Scotland, was founded in 1807 with funds left by Dr William Hunter in his will. Hunter was a physician, an anatomist and one of the leading obstetricians of his day. He was also a great book and coin collector, and his collections were bequeathed to the museum. With over a million items, the museum is full of Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall, items from Capitan Cook’s Voyages of Discovery, meteorites and scientific instruments that once belonged to Lord Kelvin and James Watt.

One of the two main quadrangles at the Glasgow University campus.

One of the two main quadrangles at the Glasgow University campus.

Another view through the Glasgow University gardens to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Another view through the Glasgow University gardens to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Leanne is definitely Charlie's favourite.

Leanne is definitely Charlie’s favourite.

Geilston Gardens are a Scottish National Trust property near Cardross.  There were three sections - vegetables, woodland walks and a walled garden.  They were all established in the late 18th century.

Geilston Gardens are a Scottish National Trust property near Cardross. There were three sections – vegetables, woodland walks and a walled garden. They were all established in the late 18th century.

A part of the woodland walk.

A part of the woodland walk.

I don't know what this plant is but it is huge.  It vaguely resembles rhubarb.

I don’t know what this plant is but it is huge. It vaguely resembles rhubarb.

It's probably quite damp here most of the time!

It’s probably quite damp here most of the time!

Inside the walled garden.  The tree is a Wellingtonia and measures 5m in girth.

Inside the walled garden. The tree is a Wellingtonia and measures 5m in girth.

More scenery on the woodland part of the visit.

More scenery on the woodland part of the visit.

Another view in the walled garden with the restored 18th century glasshouse.

Another view in the walled garden with the restored 18th century glasshouse.

That’s it for now, a bit shorter than normal.  We will be on the move for the next week or so and getting time and a place to publish another post is uncertain.  It might be two weeks away,  we will see.  Until then, enjoy.

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