With 2011 drawing to an end, time for a reflection with some personal recollections from the year. Like 2010 the year started on the Isle of Arran, in the Firth of Clyde.
Goat Fell did not have a much snow as twelve months earlier, and it was considerably warmer during our visit, with some rain.
The weather in January 2011 continued as 2010 had finished. A visit to the Thomas Coats Memorial Church in Paisley by RSCM Scottish Voices took place a foggy day.
- Blog on RSCM Scottish Voices Trip to Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church
- Smugmug collection on RSCM Scottish Voices Trip to Paisley
- January 2011 Blogs
In February Rev Chuks Iwuagwu preached his first sermon, at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. He is due to be admitted to the Order of Presbyters on the Feast of the Epiphany (6 Janaury) 2012.
In March 2011, I spent two weeks on business in Suffolk. Before breakfast every morning, I took a walk along the shingle beach. On my last morning walk, I took this picture. The Aldeburgh Moot Hall was built in the 16th century as a meeting place for the people of Aldeburgh. It now serves as the town hall and museum.
I first visited Salzburg on November 1994, this return visit was in unseasonably warm weather, although we did encounter some rain during our visit.
During the gales in the middle of May, the felt was blown off the garden storage shed. As part of the replacement/repair strategy, new storage was bought and built. Subsequently, later in the year, the old storage was repair, including a new top and felt.
Having purchased supporter membership of the Zoological Society of London, June presented the opportunity to visit Whipsnade Zoo for the first time.
In July we visited the Outer Hebrides, starting in Lewis and working our way down through the islands. On the middle Sunday, we reached Castlebay on Barra, whilst the annual Fisherman’s Mass was underway. For those of you who have watched the series on BBC2 in early 2011, the film crew were out again, filming the 2012 series, due to start on 2 January 2012.
August heralded a regular trip to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway. The week was blessed with good weather and some spectacular sunsets. The one here was the best from the evenings when I had a camera to hand.
In September we took a weekend break to the Peak District. Whilst there we took in visits to Chatworth House, Monsal Head, Peak Rail, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and the Crich Tramway Museum. Whilst there we spent an evening in Matlock Bath to see the illuminations and fireworks.
- Blogs of our break in the Peak District
- Images of our break in the Peak District
- September 2011 Blogs
Wind power has been in the news of late, from plans to build more and more, and the spectacular sight of one near Ardrossan bursting into flames. In October I visited the largest complex in Europe – Whitelee Windfarm, which is being extended on Eaglesham Moor south of Glasgow.
Aldwych tube station on the corner of The Strand and Surrey Street closed in 1994, mainly due to the requirement to overhaul the lifts. A lightly used station at the end of a branch line off the Piccadilly Line from Holborn, it was destined for greater things, which never materialise. at the end of November the opportunity to available to visit it including the eastern platform which has not seen a train since 1914.
As 2011 drew to a close, Christmas was celebrated at Southwark Cathedral. During the offertry of Midnight Mass, the spotlights were turned on illuminating the stars hanging from the Tower Space.
The year ended as it began on the Isle of Arran.