No matter what the result, Scotland is still changing. It’s been an exciting and tense time for us but now that all has been officially revealed, it’s time to shake off some stress.
Mugdock Country Park is our solace. There’s a variety of activities throughout the year – today’s it’s all about Castle capers. On the weekend the playground and two castles can be mobbed.
But we only need to wander 10 minutes and we’re in a totally tranquil world of impressive scenery, including a glistening lake and the Campsis as a beautiful backdrop.
It’s breath-taking and it’s in our backyard, just 30 minutes outside Glasgow city centre. Taking it all in – I can actually feel myself relaxing and my mind clearing.
We walk a little further in beautiful sunshine soaking it up. And delish tea and cake makes the perfect ending to a relaxing day.
And while it looks different today, Scotland is still beautiful, still bold and still pushing for change. And it still inspires and fills us with hope.
Glasgow Green made for Sunday strolling
Bard in the Botanics has been thrilling Glasgow audiences with their imaginative interpretations of Shakespeare for over a decade. The Garden’s a beautiful backdrop but with rain as our permanent companion, it’s Romeo and Juliet in the Kibble Palace.
Star-crossed lovers as never before
This fantastic space completely captivates, surrounding us with glass and expansive greenery that creates a lush setting. Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays but this version still manages to surprise me with ample laughter and energy.
The young cast have a real joie de vivre and bring a down-to-earth edge to things. Dressed in modern day clothes, complete with skinny jeans and hoodies, they breathe new life into an old favourite – and even use contemporary anthems like We Are Young.
Old words for today’s generation
Yes, they speak in traditional verse but they’re still able to give a glimpse into the lives of today’s young boys trying to become men: the angst of first love, the indulgence in drunken revels, the heady combustion of youth and hormones. Mercutio’s delivery masters Shakespeare’s double entendre to the full; I can’t hold back my laughter. And Juliet, the only woman in the cast, is not outdone. Her performance is strong and poignant in a sea of testosterone.
Rain or shine, Bard in the Botanics allows you to see Shakespeare in a wonderful new light. But don’t just take my word on how fantastic it is, the performance has been extended to Saturday 28 July – an extra six shows added due to popular demand.
As William says ‘action is eloquence’. So go on, book your tickets online or call 0141 429 0022 – £15/ £10 concession.
Remembering blue sky bliss in Glasgow….
Sun, sound and blue sky bliss at the Southside Festival
With over 90 parks and gardens in Glasgow, it’s understandable that you might not get around to seeing them all. But the South Side’s Pollock Park is not to be missed. There is so much to this fantastic sprawling space – and the Burrell Collection is only part of its charm.
First up are the woodland trails – each one with its own attractions. I’m keen to find the big dray horses and visitor centre but I’m overruled by my husband and the boys – and so our quest for the Fort begins.
Admittedly it’s not as freakishly balmy as a few weeks ago but it’s still good to be out walking in the woods, taking in the scenery and soaking up the sights and sounds. Even learned a little about ‘predator pikes’ but didn’t see any lurking in the pond.
Breathe in the history
We reach the Iron Age Fort and it’s amazing – and apparently one of the best preserved. You can see the ringed ditch with earthen banking on both sides – and even though you might need a bit of imagination to fill in the rest, the history is heavy in the air. Admittedly the boys aren’t as impressed by its historical significance and would rather duel with their wooden sticks than admire a 2000 year old artefact.
Feeling adventurous we stray off the trail for the rest of our walk following the path of beautiful forget-me-nots and daffodils that lead us to a peculiar looking loveseat carved from a tree-trunk – a rather magical discovery.
Easter egg challenge anyone?
It’s easy to spend the entire day here – and it’s well worth checking it out over the Easter weekend for the egg treasure hunt on Sunday – or explore the visitor centre. And if you’re feeling extra bold, enjoy a dray ride with the Clydesdale Horses.
Hooray! Spring has arrived in Glasgow. And whether it’s here to stay or just passing through, getting outside is a must. And that’s exactly what we do.
A microcosm of Glasgow – people watching gold
With food, drink and obligatory football we head off to Kelvingrove Park – just one of Glasgow’s beautiful open spaces, with the magnificent Art Gallery and Museum as our backdrop. Cherry blossom perfection – everything is in bloom.
Ideal for picnicking or kicking about your ball of choice about – Kelvingrove Park is a microcosm of Glasgow so great for people-watching. Toddlers test out new walking feet, excited kids waver on bikes finally free from stabilisers and young lovers wander next to slow-stepping seniors.
Ice-cream and free entertainment
On a day like this, ice-cream is a must. And at Kelvingrove’s skate park we’re treated to the moves and manoeuvres of the boarders and BMX stunt bikers, young and old alike. Besides a lot of swerving around, there’s actually a few impressive stunts.
We leisurely explore and end up at the Stewart Memorial Fountain, built in 1872 to commemorate Lord Provost Stewart of Murdostoun – apparently why we haven’t all died of cholera. We throw coins into the fountain, making secret wishes before reluctantly heading back to the car.
Still more to discover
Hanging out in Kelvingrove is the perfect way to spend a sunshine-filled afternoon. And even though we’ve seen a lot there’s still more to discover. Cypress Duck Pond and a Heritage Trail are definitely on the ‘to see’ list next time round.
Sunshine is fleeting so get out in it and rejuvenate your soul in one of Glasgow’s beautiful green spaces.