Streets of Glasgow is one of these things I tend to do on the spur of the moment. I was in the area on a warm Friday evening and decided to cover Sinclair Drive, a street I know very well, for this series. I walked down Grange Road from Queen’s Park, looking beyond the building work at the old Victoria Infirmary to Langside Library sitting on the corner. Langside is one of the nicest libraries around with good people. The building is red sandstone, built in 1915. It was the first library in Glasgow where readers could go up to the shelves and pick up their own books. Before you took your request up to a counter and the librarian would fetch it for you. Langside is brilliant, a place with character. I walked past the closed library and looked across the street at the wonderfully-named Blether cafe, an orange VW van parked nearby.
The street was classically Glaswegian, lined with tenements for the most part. One of the houses had a clock hanging off it, the door black and looking like it would fold in two. Another had a brown door and a decorative canopy above it. Not for the first time, I walked and looked up and down the lanes which seemed to stretch for miles behind the side streets, cars parked and folk walking. The old-worldy feel was diluted by the minor traffic jam with cars and buses trying to take the same narrow stretch of street at the same time.
I came to the end, stopping just before the bridge over the Cart. Sinclair Drive manages to be quiet and bustly at the same time, buses coming along now and then to shake up the place. It was good to be back, thinking of past times but not forgetting the present, enjoying the sunshine and contemplating future walks in the hereabouts.
Thanks for reading. This is the sixty third Streets of Glasgow walk here on Walking Talking. Battlefield Road has also featured in this series.