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Seeing embroidery everywhere

While I was away on holiday last year I kept seeing embroidery EVERYWHERE. I only had one fashion exhibition in mind for the trip so it really made me smile to see it sometimes randomly. As I cut through Somerset … Continue reading


London and Paris with my Olympus OM10

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As much as I enjoy snapping away with my digital camera and phone I love taking photos with my film cameras. There’s just something magical about not knowing whether or not I’ve managed to capture anything. If I want a … Continue reading

February Fun

The days are getting longing and lighter which always makes me smile and awakens my creativity which has been hibernating over winter.

As I mentioned in my last post 2016 is all about fun and this month I ignored the fact I lost my voice (nasty chest infection), sucked on yucky cough sweets and got out there.   

 No your eyes do not device you, that is Richard Gere in Glasgow for an event I attended. He was talking after showing his latest film Time Out Of Mind which is an honest portrayal of a homeless man in New York.

I got lucky and every film I chose during Glasgow Film Festival ticked all the boxes for me from strong characters, beautiful cinematography and great scores it was one of the best film festivals I’ve attended. Some personal highlights were

Remember I mentioned fun didn’t have to be expensive? Well, in February BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra put on two free concerts which I was lucky to be able to attend. Both concerts featured contemporary composers and pieces I’d never heard before so demanded my full attention which in turn has sparked ideas for embroidery designs.

I know some of you might be turning your nose up at this, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. If you’ve never experienced a full orchestra live put it on your bucket list. The trick is to find a piece of music you like in their season brochure, go to that concert (watch the Proms or do some digging on (*)YouTube to see the different pieces) and take it from there. 

I think there is something magical about this orchestra. They have a way of stimulating all your senses at once and even at the back of the hall you can feel their passion for the music they play. Go & see them (other orchestras are available in your local area 😀).  It’s been a while since I was able to attend a Knit For Unity session so it was wonderful to get back and catch up with everyone over the clack of the needles.

You should see how many lovely pieces have been knitted or crocheted for those who need them. People have been so generous and I know the hats, scarves, blankets etc will be gratefully received.

If you’re free and fancy knitting (novices are warmly welcomed) pop along to Maryhill Integration Network’s offices, Mondays between 12 & 3pm. As it’s a leap year I managed to squeeze in an extra day of fun. This time I went to the opening of Glasgow School of Art’s Y2 Fine Art Potography exhibition which runs until 4th March.

Having friends on the course I’ve been watching their progress with interest. It was fun to see who’s been influenced by more established artists and refreshing to note that they have maintained their individuality.

Hope your February was as much fun. Now, let’s see what March holds…

(*) yup, this is the piece of music Siouxsie and the Banshees used to come on stage to.

Streetart inspired by the Turner Prize

A few weeks ago I was going past Tramway, which is currently hosting the Turner Prize exhibition when I noticed some strange behaviour.

Two men were having a good look at the demolished building across the road. With them were several ladders tied to a homemade bike, a generator and some tools.

Today, as I went past again, I was able to enjoy the fruits of their labour.   


*** UPDATE ***

I’ve just found out that this work was a collaboration between Baxendale and Recoat.

Inside a pipe organ and Riverside Museum

In my last post I mentioned that as well as getting into Kelvin Hall to see how the building is progressing we also went to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and Riverside Museum.

The purpose was to create copyright free media for Wikimedia Commons and was organised by Sara Thomas who is Scottish Museums Wikimedian in Residence. It was really fun and although my camera didn’t like the low lighting inside the pipe organ (yes I really did get inside it) I managed some ok photos.

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There are 4 levels within the pipes all accessed by ladders like the ones shown. It’s tuned monthly and is literally powered by the wind being sucked in. Other photographers on the workshop got some cracking photos of the inner workings so check out their Wikimedia Commons page as I’m sure they’ll be uploading them very shortly.

If you’ve not seen it from the outside here’s a wee look at it. It was built in 1927 and is the largest working pipe organ in the world not in a church. The wood is walnut and the pipes are fake (sorry) but they do look good. Grab a sandwich and listen to the organ recital which happens daily at 1pm.

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Our day ended with a trip to Riverside Museum which people often call a transport museum. True, there are loads of different modes of transport on display but with 8 different exhibitions every year it’s so much more. For those wondering the walls are painted either pistachio or lime 🙂

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I love the Glasgow street which even has its own weather system, cat & pigeon.

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Of course the outside is also beautiful and we were lucky to see a bit of a Bollywood film being shot as well. The zig-zag design is a lovely nod to the ship building past on the River Clyde and the roofs of the shipyards that once dominated it.

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Oh! While you’re at the Riverside Museum do go on the Tall Ship at the back which is free so please give a wee donation on your way off.

I’ll put more pics up on Flickr and you can get more info here

the brick and concrete of Newcastle upon Tyne

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I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this but I’ve a thing for buildings. when I go on holiday no-one wants to see my snaps as they know they’ll be of buildings and architectural detail rather than selfies and hot dog legs. Luckily I was joined on this trip by a friend who is an architect and as geeky as me when it comes to taking pictures of buildings.

As I’ve recently mentioned I took a rare trip away from Glasgow recently to see a friend in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. It’s been almost crumbs 30 years since I’d been there and my memory was of a so-so town. Like so many others, Glasgow included, it’s pulled itself up by its boots and boy was I impressed.

Now I know concrete has had a bad rep but Newcastle’s Civic Centre is just beautiful. The use of local brick and slate along with the “modern” concrete is a joy. Yes those are seahorses on the top of the tower and at night they light up red with a blue glow around them.

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Then when you go into the quadrangle you’re greeted with a sculpture which reflects the buildings around it.

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Newcastle University is also worth walking around as it is brick heaven with very contemporary sculpture.

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I wish I’d taken a photo of the pub, The Trent Bar, that we popped into on Friday as it’s one of the many things I miss from my time living in England. I’m so pleased to see that street corner pubs like this still live on.

Yes, I know there are areas of high social deprivation in this city and it’s not all a joy to look at but right now I want to highlight the positive. So here are my final photos of some fab architecture, some of which has sadly been left to decay but boy is it decaying in style.

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Think I might have to go back for another look soon.


Olympus om10

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If you’ve seen my Flickr page (link just over on the right if you’ve not noticed) you’ll know that I like my photography, especially lomography. Lomography is the buzz word for the old-fashioned taking photos with film as opposed to … Continue reading

See Us: Blipfoto exhibition


Some of you may know that I challenge myself to a daily diary which takes the form of one photo a day with/out words depending on how I feel. This has led to me being in a book which you can pick up at an exhibition in Glasgow – get me!

I do this through a site called Blipfoto which is based in Edinburgh but participants are from all over the world and the subjects people photograph are as diverse as the blippers.

Last year the Blipfoto team set us a challenge to either take a photo of something creative they did or saw. Over 4,000 photos and stories were shared, some of which have been used to create an exhibition and book.

After a stint in Edinburgh the exhibition has now moved to Streetlevel in Glasgow and I went to the launch today. Love the diversity of the photos and I think my favourite is some barrels of whisky…or maybe the puppet show…or… Well I’m just glad I didn’t have to select which ones came to the exhibition or made it into the book. Here’s a link to my entry —>

It’s on until 23rd June so if you’re in town please pop along and have a look. You never know, you might find yourself blipping, you’ll certainly leave with a smile on your face.

Oh and if you’re cheeky like me ask if you can see Alan Campbell’s exhibition which is still hanging in a closed part of the building.


Picture Perfect

Remember back in September I was lucky enough to be one of a handful of bloggers invited to see Scottish Ballet rehearse for their autumn season? (Here’s a link to the blog post to refresh your memory – Well one of the photos I took that day is going to be included in a book and exhibition.

I’ll say no more other than I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO chuffed. Here’s the photo.


With the sneaky peek at the Scottish Tapestry in my last post and now this don’t say I’m not good to you, heehee. Promise to tell you more when I’m allowed to.

A Day in the Life: 8th December 2012

Brrr! I know it’s winter but I seem to forget every year! This has been added to by my new-ish job which involved me working in a marquee in Glasgow over December. I must be mad but am enjoying it even though I have so many layers on I look more like a market trader in Eastenders than anything else (spot me all wrapped up in one of my photos).

Well Mooosh let us all know that the newest Dayinthelife date was Saturday 8th December and here’s my entry. As I was working into the evening I thought you might prefer a photoslide of the majority of the day rather than hour by hour.

I had a lazy morning before dragging my camera out to take some shots round town. I’d promised a friend photos of some of the latest streetart in the city centre and although it was a drizzly day it was quite bright. It was then into work where I was able to take a quick break and get some shots of the fair. Home after 11pm and just some time to cross-stitch. I was quite tired so gave up on that and knitted for a bit.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics. I’m not the best photographer in the world but hopefully practice will make perfect…or at least a bit better.

Don’t forget to check with Marceline & Mooosh to read all the other entries.

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