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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Round up of 2010

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With 2010 drawing to an end, time for a reflection with some personal recollections from the year, which started on the Isle of Arran, in the Firth of Clyde.

Goat Fell in the Snow - New Year 2010

Goat Fell in the Snow - New Year 2010

A full moon, clear skies and recent snow resulted in Goat Fell showing up on the skyline as 2010 started.

January 2010

St Mary's Haddington from the north-east

St Mary's Haddington from the north-east

The weather in January 2010 continued as 2009 had finished. A visit to the Collegiate Church of St Mary the Virgin, Haddington by RSCM Scottish Voices took place in cold weather with snow on the ground, and the adjacent river Tyne in full flood.

February 2010

More Snow

More Snow

All that can be said for February 2010 is more snow

March 2010

TSP do Kiss me Kate

TSP do Kiss me Kate

For several years I have taken photographs for Theatre South Productions. In March 2010 they put on Kiss Me Kate – based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew.

April 2010

Cross and shroud at Southwark Cathedral

Cross and shroud at Southwark Cathedral


Easter Weekend was spent at Southwark Cathedral, starting with the Chrism Mass and Eucharist of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, Confirmation and Baptism on Holy Saturday, and the main Easter Day service.

May 2010

St Marks and adjacent Manor House, South Park

St Marks and adjacent Manor House, South Park

It late May 2010, we spent a weekend at the Southwark Diocese centre of Wychcroft near Bletchingley. On the Saturday afternoon we took a walk around the estate of South Park, visiting the chapel of St Mark.

June 2010

Ben Buie with St Kilda's church and associated dwelling on the shore of Loch Buie

Ben Buie with St Kilda's church and associated dwelling on the shore of Loch Buie

In June a week was spent on the Isle of Mull visiting Calgary, Tobermory, Loch Buie and Iona amongst other places.

July 2010

Bekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model Village

In the Beaconsfield in the Chilterns is a Model Village, Bekonscot, which we visited on a sunny July Saturday.

August 2010

Rhiw Goch Signal Box

Rhiw Goch Signal Box

At the end of August was one of my visits to the Ffestiniog Railway. As a volunteer signalman, I spent a week in charge of Rhiw Goch signalbox. The picture above was taken on a day when there was a mixture of sun and heavy showers.

September 2010

Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway

An Autumn break was taken in Devon. We stayed near Okehampton visiting Launceston, Buckfastleigh, Totnes, Seaton and Budleigh Salterton.

October 2010

Union Chapel, Islington

Union Chapel, Islington

Having participated in the recording of Songs of Praise Big Sing in the Royal Albert Hall in September, we attended another Songs of Praise recording in October; this time of Aled’s Christmas Guests in the Union Chapel in Islington.

November 2010

Colin Slee

Colin Slee

The end of November 2010 sadly marked the death of Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, after a short illness.

December 2010

North Side of Southwark Cathedral

North Side of Southwark Cathedral

For the first time since 1985 I was not in Glasgow for Christmas, and for the first time since 1966, I spent Christmas in England, attending the Christmas services at Southwark Cathedral. An added challenge was travelling to/from Southwark since there was no tube service available. Navigating through London in a car was not too bad with very little traffic on the roads.

Christmas Tree at Glenisle Hotel, Lamlash

Christmas Tree at Glenisle Hotel, Lamlash

The year ended as it began on the Isle of Arran. Despite the weather earlier in December, the last few days was milder with 2010 finishing with a little drizzle.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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