Good Saturday to you,
Welcome to another Saturday Saunter, this time being written on Wednesday night. It’s grey and windy out there at the moment, though dry, I think. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing on Saturday when this is posted. It is to be showery so might preempt the usual vague thought of going for a decent walk. I did go for a big walk on Tuesday afternoon as far as Pacific Quay and back, seeing (and crossing) the Clyde for the first time in nearly four months. I walked first through Elder Park then through Govan towards the river, looking at some interesting sculpture along the way. My first glimpse of the mighty Clyde came at Govan, looking across the way towards the Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship. I didn’t tear up at the sight of the river but I did smile. I have encountered the White Cart several times and in more than one place but as fine a river though it is, it doesn’t quite count. The Clyde at least runs to the sea and the river had a slightly maritime smell to it, not at all a bad thing.
By the time this comes out, the five mile limit for relaxation and leisure in (most of) Scotland will be no more. There will still be two posts left in the 5 In 5 series here, even though I can travel beyond five miles, beginning tomorrow and then next week. I’m not sure what I will have for next week. I’ve been trying to feature places that I haven’t written about before, which rules out quite a few interesting places in the hereabouts. Theoretically, my five miles would also take me north of the river, towards Renfrewshire and the south side, so we’ll see what happens in the next wee while.
It’s now Thursday afternoon as I continue this. I’ve now got another, final place for 5 In 5, which I will write up soon for next Sunday. I was in Bellahouston Park having a picnic this lunchtime, which was excellent, not too hot, not too cold. It was just right, as they say, with good company and nice surroundings. We sat by the House for an Art Lover, surrounded by some cool sculptures including a foot, seats shaped like jelly (not jam for any American readers) and an archway. There was also an excellent elephant which got a bit of attention. Every time I’m in Bellahouston Park I always see something new. Living in a city, particularly in these times, it can feel like we see the same places every day in life but I’m glad to be able to vary it up a bit.
I’ve not read much this week. I’ve been listening to a few podcasts. This morning I listened to an episode of Scotland Outdoors from the BBC about the Royal Highland Show, which normally happens at the end of June but for obvious reasons was called off. The Highland Show, for the uninitiated, is an agricultural trade show which happens at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, though it attracts people from all walks of life as it features displays about farming, food and all sorts besides. I was hoping to go this year but alas.
In interesting things to read, the BBC featured an interesting article about how UK museums are responding to Black Lives Matter, which is worth a read.
Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 4th July 2020. Thanks very much for reading. 5 In 5 returns tomorrow and Virtual Loose Ends is back on Wednesday. If you missed the first instalment on Wednesday, which included Huntingtower Castle and Lochend Park, amongst other places, it can be found here. Until next time, a very good morning. Peace.