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.
A full moon, clear skies and recent snow resulted in Goat Fell showing up on the skyline as 2010 started.
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.
- Blog on RSCM Scottish Voices Trip to Haddington
- Smugmug collection on RSCM Scottish Voices Trip to Haddington
All that can be said for February 2010 is more snow
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.
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.
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.
In June a week was spent on the Isle of Mull visiting Calgary, Tobermory, Loch Buie and Iona amongst other places.
In the Beaconsfield in the Chilterns is a Model Village, Bekonscot, which we visited on a sunny July Saturday.
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.
- Blipfoto: Merddin Emrys at Cei Mawr
- Blipfoto: Earl of Merioneth at Cei Mawr
- Blipfoto: Taliesin at Cei Mawr
- Blipfoto: Blanche crossing Cei Mawr
An Autumn break was taken in Devon. We stayed near Okehampton visiting Launceston, Buckfastleigh, Totnes, Seaton and Budleigh Salterton.
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.
The end of November 2010 sadly marked the death of Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, after a short illness.
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.
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.