Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Spring in Glasgow

Oh, how I love the sunshine. British sunshine holds an extra special place in my heart because of it's immense rarity. This Easter weekend it all came together, the blue skies, the warmth, the brightness.

I feel better when the sun shines, I sleep better and it's so much easier to get out of bed when you have a cheery sun peeking through the curtains.

For the past few days I've been getting up and going for a walk through Kelvingrove Park, it has been a lovely way to start the day, fresh air, gentle exercise, and as I've typically been going before 9am I've had almost exclusive use of the pathways. A few over-keen joggers and dog walkers disturb the peace but they tend to move on quickly enough.

In my mind, Kelvingrove Museum is what the Red Keep at King's Landing looks like. Glasgow is full of architecture that wouldn't look out of place in a fantasy film, that's a lot of heavy stone and imposing towers. I like a bit of snobbery in my city buildings, glass looks fragile and shows up the dirt, give me some hand carved masonry any day of the week.

Getting outside at this time of year there's so much to see, and going the same way for a few days has given me the chance to really notice things I'd usually miss. I've seen chaffinches and bullfinches, tiny little long tailed tits, as well as blue and great (hner hner great tits). Which has really given me more respect for wildlife photographers, birds do not stay still for very long at all, how anyone manages to get decent shots of them is a mystery to me.

I noticed these red and white braided strings tied all over the lower branches of this tree, according to the all powerful Wikipedia they're probably Martenitsa part of a Bulgarian tradition called Baba Marta where you celebrate the oncoming spring and the end of winter. The red and white threads are a symbol of good health, you give them to friends and family who wear them until they see a tree with blooming buds and tie them on. I love traditions, especially the really old ones and how they spread across continents.

Have you managed to get outside while the weather's been beautiful? Do you have any traditions to welcome new seasons? For me the next step is having a barbeque...

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