Monday, 15 December 2014

Greek Food and Christmas Concert

I had another special birthday treat yesterday, which will probably mark the end of all the celebrations for reaching a new decade! What a very lucky woman I am to be blessed by so many lovely friends and family.

My friend Liz booked us dinner at a Greek restaurant which I hadn't known existed, right in the heart of Glasgow. Wonderful food, absolutely bursting with Mediterranean flavour, and quite different from any meal I've had since holidays in Greece or Cyprus. A great venue too, with our table overlooking the magnificent George Square, which at the moment is adorned with Christmas lights, big wheel, carousel and such like.

For afterwards, Liz had bought us tickets for a Christmas Charity Concert at the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of my favourite places in Glasgow. They had opened it up last night especially for the event which was to celebrate and fund-raise for one of the best cancer centres in Scotland, the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

Around 600 people attended the event where a fabulous award-winning primary school choir, a young former patient with an amazing voice, and the swinging Rock Choir took turns to sing beneath the magnificent organ and ornate ceiling. We even got to join in couple of Christmas songs at the end. Although we were reminded a few times about the reason for the event and that very few of us won't have been touched by this terrible disease in one way or another, it was an evening of celebration. I even won a box of chocolates on the fun tombola at the interval!

Now it's back to some semblance of work during this week before Christmas is upon us.



Teresa Ashby said...

How wonderful, Rosemary. Liz sounds like a lovely friend. The concert must have been amazing xx

Joanna said...

What a fantastic evening, Rosemary, and a very kind friend. It sounds like an incredible concert. x

joanne fox said...

That looks a fantastic building. Glad you had such a wonderful time. Happy Christmas. x

Vikki said...

Sounds great! Kelvingrove looks like it was lit up nicely for the concert.

Nicola said...

What an exciting and fabulous birthday! Belated Happy Birthday, Rosemary. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a successful new year filled with lovely surprises.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Teresa - it was certainly uplifting!

Thank you, Joanna - the whole evening was great!

Thanks, Joanne - hope you do too!

It's such a lovely venue, Vikki, and was very festive.

Many thanks, Nicola - I've been so lucky with the treats from all my lovely friends. Hope your Christmas and New Year are wonderful too.

Julia said...

To my shame, I've never been to Glasgow. Should I add it to my list of places to visit in 2015?

Wendy's Writing said...

Lucky you for being so well and truly spoilt this year. I love Greek food for its simplicity but have never eaten it in our country.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I think so, Julia! It's a lovely city with amazing architecture and some of the friendliest people.

It really was great food, Wendy - full of wonderful flavours!