Sunday, 21 July 2013

Staying Local

Sometimes, all it takes is a good dose of sunshine to make us appreciate our own local area, without feeling the need to jump in the car and drive miles away in search of an interesting day out. We stayed more local this weekend, as it was far too hot to go far. Like most of the country, we're having to learn to cope with unusual temperatures!

We're lucky in having both river and countryside on our doorstep. The swans were taken at a nearby walkway beside the river. The boat is our famous paddle steamer, The Waverley, which still plies its way up and down the Clyde and across to various islands we used to visit as children. We haven't been on it for years but hope to remedy that before it's too late.

On Saturday, we headed down to the new Arts Centre at the river front for coffee and a walk where we discovered these classic cars belonging to a group of friendly guys who meet together each week - as you can see they include one unique car that was made by its interesting owner!

After coffee, I noticed a large poster advertising paintings by a local artist so we went upstairs to investigate and found it was the final day of the exhibition. What amazing large canvas paintings of all kinds of ships through the years and wonderful shipbuilding scenes in the once famous yards that are now all gone. Fascinating reminder of our heritage.

Hope everyone has managed to survive the heat and enjoyed the weekend.



Wendy's Writing said...

I agree that sometimes we need to look at our own local area with 'new eyes'. I am lucky that I live in a beautiful West Sussex village within walking distance of the downs and the river Adur. I try always to appreciate where I live - in the summer and the winter.

Teresa Ashby said...

You live in a lovely part of the world, Rosemary - I wouldn't want to stray far! That first picture is gorgeous!

Lovely to see the Waverley too - she comes here at the end of the summer :-)

There is something very summery about those cars too :-) x

Joanna said...

Such beautiful scenery, Rosemary. I wouldn't want to go any further afield than that. It looks gorgeous, a perfect summery picture. x

myraduffy said...

It's amazing what we can find on the 'doorstep' when we take the opportunity!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

That sounds lovely, Wendy.

Thank you, Teresa - I had forgotten the Waverley goes way down the coast!

Thanks, Joanna - we often forget what's right under our noses!

Absolutely, Myra!

Goku shrestha said...

Seems like you are in a good area, Lucky you!
And those cars are awesome :)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you!