Showing posts with label Glasgow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glasgow. Show all posts

Monday, 4 August 2014

Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Kylie's Party!

It's been an amazing 11 days of Games activity here in Glasgow.  The shop is at Kelvinhall next to Kelvingrove Park so there's been days where, out of the blue, a sudden roar of applause and crowd excitement was heard.  Makes your hair stand on end!


Sunday 3rd August was the last day and the only day I had free to see some of the sport and very fortunately had a ticket for the Closing Ceremony :-)  The Men's Cycling was on so I went to the park to watch and cheer.


There we really heavy downpours of rain - steam was rising from the paths... it was full of excitement.




I have no idea how any of the cyclists without glasses could navigate through this!


In the evening I went off to the Closing Ceremony, all the way there, the Clyde Side Helpers cheered everyone on and kept spirits soaring.  One was shouting for us to come on to Glasgow's Biggest party "Kylie's coming" he yelled, we all cheered some more!


In the eleven days there were 261 events, 824 medals awarded, nine world records set...




The athletes were out meeting fans...


Then we got down to the celebrations and handover...


On came Lulu... followed by Glasgow 80s band Deacon Blue


We had more cheering and huge thanks for all the incredible work of all the Glasgow Services...






How many millions of selfies???


 Then there was lots of thanks and summing up of the best games ever and the official handover to Australia's Gold Coast who'll be hosting in 2018 - you lucky things ...AND THEN CAME KYLIE!!!









She's amazing!!!


What a wonderful Closing Ceremony - it was magic.


Finishing up with fireworks and Auld Lang Syne - EVERYONE joined in, it was just incredible.





What a party indeed!
Pure Dead Brilliant :-)



Monday, 21 July 2014

Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park and River

I walk to work with Fifi whenever I can, my favourite route is along the Kelvin River and through Kelvingrove Park.  Here's some pics from the sunshine walks in the past few weeks.


The skies have been Cornflower blue - as Enid Blyton would say :-)
This view of Glasgow University is from Kelvingrove Park.  It's a classic Victorian Park that surrounds the Art Gallery and Museum, designed and created by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1852.


And here's some cornflowers to prove it - I love taking pics of the bumblebees.  These ones are 'Buff-tailed'.




This one has so much pollen collected, like white saddle bags hanging down - how do they manage with those tiny wings?  Sheer willpower!!


There's a few Herons that swoop down the park and sit on the banks or in the trees.


And I had to take pics of the sleeping ducks - all the ducklings are grown now.



But the foxes are my favourite.  These ones were enjoying the evening sun,..


Two of them, one just snoozing away.


The other wandering around and checking out the water's edge.


Fox + Irn-Bru + Scotland = ?


I see this bird often, I'm pretty sure its a Grey Wagtail... I've become a regular at the RSPB website.


Then of course there are the Gulls... this one's a Herring Gull - I think this one's called a Yellow Legged Gull...


It was just sitting cooling it's heels at the waterfall.


This is more like a typical habitat though, rooftops and chimneys.



Saturday, 15 June 2013

Glasgow's West End Festival

The last few weeks have been CRAZY busy... The weather has been hot, hot, hot  for once (well I mean it was 24C) and the 2013 Glasgow West End Festival is underway.


I've had friends staying over, been out festival-ing - hope you enjoyed June as much as we did!





Alrighty then, here's some more pics of the parade down Byres Road into Kelvingrove Park.