Monday, 12 December 2011

City Scape

I'm away behind with lots of writing jobs and various other items of busyness, but today I enjoyed a little escape up to Glasgow. Not for Christmas shopping (didn't do a single bit), but to meet up with my lovely daughter-in-law for lunch and a blether. She and our son are making us first-time grandparents next year and, after a difficult beginning to the pregnancy, it was great to see d-in-l and her little 'bump' manage into the city.


On my way back to the station, I couldn't help noticing all the busy shoppers with bulging carrier bags from various stores, as to be expected just a couple of weeks before Christmas. But mainly, I was looking at all the beautiful lights and almost wishing it was much darker to see them in their proper glory. And forgive me for feeling smug, but I took pleasure in carrying nothing more than a handbag. I could enjoy the atmosphere without worrying about what to buy for whom and then having to carry it. But, fear ye not, I've still to do some of my shopping yet!

I hope the photo gives some idea of the glorious canopy of star-like lights stretched across some of our city's most gracious architecture - had to keep looking down to avoid tripping over anything. Lovely day out, and I even wrote on the train both ways. Must do it again soon!

Rosemary

13 comments:

Carolb said...

I think it must look wonderful when it's dark with all the lights are on.

Janice Horton said...

Congrats on the 'mini-bump' news - how fabulous!I love the surreal shopping with only a handbag experience in Glasgow at Christmas, Ros!

Diane Fordham said...

Next year should be an exciting one with a new addition - congrats on that news. Loved the pics, thanks for sharing. I'm yet to venture into town (tho I'm smiling to myself after seeing those pics - how small my 'town' is) to do any xmas shopping...will brave it on Friday. x

Joanna said...

Congratulations, Rosemary, on your very happy news. I love the sound of your day out, especially the lack of shopping. That's my kind of day, particularly the writing on the train!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Carol - yes, I saw it the week before when coming back from Edinburgh and was annoyed I hadn't taken a photo!

Thanks, Janice - it did feel a bit odd, not carrying any shopping bags, but liberating!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Diane - I've been trying not to get too excited yet! Enjoy your shopping when you get round to it.

Thanks, Joanna! It's a pity I'll have to venture to the shops at some point, but probably not in the city.

joanne fox said...

Lovely picture. I have never been to Glasgow. Congrats on your happy news.

Elizabeth McKay said...

Go on Rosemary, get excited. You know you want to - and rightly so. I saw Glasgow all lit up on Saturday.

Patsy said...

I can imagine those lights would look lovely when it was properly dark - far nicer than some of the rather gaudy decorations I've seen.

K.C. Woolf said...

I can certainly relate to being way behind with lots of things. Fortunately the holidays are coming up! :-)

Great news. So happy for you, congratulations! :-)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Joanne! The architecture in Glasgow is amazing and I don't go in often enough.

Okay, Betty! It's lovely in the dark, isn't it.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Patsy - it's like walking under a canopy of stars when it's dark and I just wish I'd captured that.

Thanks, K.C. I'm sure you'll be very glad of some time during the holidays!

Vikki said...

This is my favourite place in Glasgow in the winter when it gets dark!x