I was lucky enough to see the wee Kelpies at the botanics in Glasgow before I headed South to Manchester this summer. These were made by hand by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott and are 10ft models of the ‘real’ structure at Helix Park, Falkirk. The full size version is 100ft high and is the largest equine structure in the world. It stands so as to form an entrance over the Forth and Clyde canal.
On a beautiful sunny day they almost glittered and stood extremely majestically to overlook a park packed with sunbathers, children and anyone in the West End who rushed out to top up on some much needed vitamin D – never in abundance in Scotland, so it’s always ‘taps aff’ on a day like this! (To the none Scottish among us that means every man in Glasgow appears to think ‘it’s so hot i.e over 14C, I must immediately take my top off and head to the park to get sunburnt’).
I took the monkey to Alton Towers today for her first go on a roller coaster and to generally just go mad in CBeebies land – being 2 years old the only ‘grown up’ thing she could go on was The Runaway Train, 4 goes later and I can safely say she loved it. She’s spent all day reenacting ‘the scream’ she did the whole way round… not a real scream just the performed scream she thought everyone had to do when they rode a coaster!
Anyway, it was whilst we crossed over the gardens in a cable car that I realised that every time I go I think ‘wow these gardens are stunning’ and then I carry on my way and find another ride to go on. Alton Towers gardens are pretty well known for their breathtaking beauty but you almost ignore them within the excitement of going to the UK’s best theme park (well, before the horrific Smiler incident it was). Next time I visit I’ve made a promise to myself to go and enjoy the incredible gardens and have a picnic with the monkey….. hopefully I’ll have lots more photos for you next time too!
When visiting a friend in Marple Bridge this week I was taken to a local park so their dog could have a run around and so my monkey could go on some swings. However what I discovered was that the ‘local park’ was actually a stunning hidden beauty spot with enchanted looking woods and the beautiful River Goyt running around it. The woods had that lovely serene, calm feel about them and there were picnic tables nestled amongst the trees. Clearly Brabyns Park is a firm favourite amongst the local dog walking crowd and there were lots of soggy, happy dogs jumping into the river and generally having the best doggy fun ever.
I’d never even heard of Brabyns Park or the River Goyt before this week, but I’d thoroughly recommend a trip to the whole general area of Marple Bridge as it’s just very picturesque with stunning peaceful walks to do. And despite the fact it was so busy it didn’t feel crowded; everyone was very friendly and it was a great family day out. There’s a play-park near the bottom entrance to the park on Brabyns Brow.
I’ve spent so long living in cities that I found the silence to be almost deafening when I first arrived on Uist. I usually surround myself with noise as it seems to keep me company almost and stops me from feeling lonely when I spend long periods of time by myself. However, after a while I eventually discovered the inner peace that comes with sitting outside in complete silence; for the first time in a few years I took comfort in my own thoughts and was able to feel calm instead of feeling over crowded in my own head. For me this photo sums up that discovery of peace within the loneliness as I gazed out at the sky surrounded only by total silence.