It feels ages since I wrote the November digest, despite it only being a month since it came out. December has been an incredibly busy month and it is probably only natural that I’ve spent the last few days of it doing as little as possible. It might have helped that I wasn’t feeling well just after Christmas. I’m doing better now, though. This digest appears on Wednesday 2nd January so Happy New Year. Hope it was a good one and lang may your lum reek and all that stuff. Unlike many Scots I couldn’t give a toss about the turn of the year and I tend to pass it quietly with my family, watching a film, exchanging greetings on the stroke of midnight then to bed soon thereafter. We didn’t even have steak pie this year, a staple of many Scottish dinner tables on New Year’s Day, which I’m entirely fine with.
Sunday 2nd December was a Glasgow day. It was very busy at the Riverside Museum though pleasantly quieter at the People’s Palace, visited just as it was starting to get dark. I like the People’s Palace and particularly the Glasgow Comedy video at the top of the stairs. Parliamo Glasgow is something I can definitely relate to.
On Wednesday 5th December Hibs played St. Mirren. It was a draw.
The following day, on the way to work, I stopped off in Paisley and made sure I got a photo of the Snail in a Bottle sculpture on Wellmeadow Street, which appeared in that week’s Saturday Saunter. My shoes got a wee bit muddy but the photos were captured, which was of course the main thing.
Saturday 8th December was a bit mental. I ended up working in the morning, going to the football in the afternoon then to a night out in the evening. Hamilton Academical’s Hope CBD Stadium was the last Scottish Premiership ground I hadn’t visited before and it was all right, bitty with only two stands and an uninterrupted view into the back of a supermarket. Still, the Hibees won, again the main thing.
Sunday 16th December saw Hibs play Celtic. It was a lunchtime kick-off and since we were playing Glaswegian opponents, I made sure I was through in Edinburgh sharp before the trains got too busy. It was a bright if cold morning in the capital and I decided to do the third Intercity walk for this blog, starting outside a castle and continuing roughly a mile downhill to finish outside somebody’s holiday hoose. I may have appeared in quite a few tourists’ selfies as I ducked and weaved my way down that particular thoroughfare. Hibs won against the lesser greens.
Wednesday 19th December saw another visit to the capital to see Hibs play, this time against Rangers. That finished goalless. I enjoyed a walk around Edinburgh before the match, passing around Royal Terrace, under Calton Hill, with a great view across to Easter Road shimmering in the floodlights.
The following day, Thursday, I was off and I ended up back east, this time walking around the Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve, ending up on a beautiful, deserted beach last visited on a considerably sunny and warmer day in May. It was still excellent. I wrote about it here.
On Saturday 22nd December I was back in Edinburgh again, again to see the Hibees play. It was another sunny day and I walked up Calton Hill before going to the game, for spiritual benefit as well as for a future blog post.
My next adventure was Saturday 29th December and it was of course Edinburgh to see Hibs. Before the game, since I left early to avoid being caught up in the crowds heading to or from Ibrox and the Old Firm match, I had a decent walk around the capital, heading down through the New Town to the Botanic Gardens, sitting with my book under the sequoias for a bit, reading of exotic climes through Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, who was of course born a matter of yards away from the Botanics. Hibs got beat and it was a long train ride back to Glasgow. I at least managed to finish my book.
So, that’s the December digest. There will be a Saunter post here on Saturday and the first of the Intercity walks on Sunday. Hopefully I will have some Streets of Glasgow posts after that too. In the meantime, thanks as ever for reading, commenting and following. Have a good month.
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