Welcome to another Saturday Saunter. It’s Saturday 31st October so I will of course be spending my night…watching the Scottish Cup semi final between the only Premiership team in Edinburgh and some mob from Gorgie. Hopefully I won’t be spooked by what I see through my tellybox from Hampden. I don’t do Halloween, though of course at least two of the bloggers I read regularly do, namely Natalie at Wednesday’s Child and Jessica at Diverting Journeys so please do see them for all your spooky needs!
What I can write about is darkness. The other day I was at Pollok House. Through the window I could see up an avenue orange with fallen leaves. The autumn colours, reds, yellows, oranges, go some way to redress the balance of the nights fair drawing in and thicker coats being deployed. As a person who particularly cherishes natural light, I intend to do what I do every year and soak up as much of it as I can over the coming months until the nights grow longer. The nights might be long but hopefully the days will bring some decent light too.
In the coming weeks I might read a couple of books I’ve bought recently. Not just the Northumberland book with the toty text that I mentioned last week but The Little Book of Humanism by Andrew Copson and Alice Roberts and a graphic novel about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. I’m particularly looking forward to dipping into the humanism book in the next few weeks, into nice heathen words. I’ve been trying to find a way into graphic novels in the last wee while. It is a complex world of books that I don’t know very well but I’m trying. I got into the Heartstopper stories by Alice Oseman and I have read Posy Simmonds in recent weeks too. On a pile I also have an illustrated version of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, which I read in print form when I was a teenager. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. I was particularly struck by the story of Ada Lovelace when I was at the Science Museum in London a few years ago so will hopefully enjoy this version.
Today is the last day of Black History Month in the UK and a particularly interesting article published in its honour is from the Historic Environment Scotland website about Frederick Douglass so go seek that out. At some point I will need to go to the Frederick Douglass mural in Edinburgh.
Talking of murals, yesterday I finally got to the mural of Andrew Watson, the first black international footballer, which is in Shawlands. The added bonus of Pele across the close was a particularly good surprise. I will write about that next week.
Today’s featured image is the view from Queen’s Park over the Glasgow skyline, taken about a year ago. Glasgow is still autumnal even as the clocks have gone back.
Anyway, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 31st October 2020. Thanks for reading. Streets of Glasgow will be back on Wednesday and it will be Shuttle Street. Until then, keep safe, keep well. A very good morning to you all.