Random thoughts from Pencefn

…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Round up of 2011

Leave a comment

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.

Looking over Brodick Bay to Goat Fell

Looking over Brodick Bay to Goat Fell

Goat Fell did not have a much snow as twelve months earlier, and it was considerably warmer during our visit, with some rain.

January 2011

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley

Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley

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.

February 2011

Rev Chuks Iwuagwu after his first Sermon

Rev Chuks Iwuagwu after his first Sermon

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.

March 2011

Aldeburgh Moot Hall

Aldeburgh Moot Hall

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.

April 2011

Salzburg Gardens

Salzburg Gardens

I first visited Salzburg on November 1994, this return visit was in unseasonably warm weather, although we did encounter some rain during our visit.

May 2011

Completed Garden Storage

Completed Garden Storage

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.

June 2011

Meerkat at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Meerkat at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Having purchased supporter membership of the Zoological Society of London, June presented the opportunity to visit Whipsnade Zoo for the first time.

July 2011

Fishermans' Mass on Castlebay Pier with Fr John Paul Mackinnon

Fishermans' Mass on Castlebay Pier with Fr John Paul Mackinnon

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 2011

Sunset over the Afon Glaslyn

Sunset over the Afon Glaslyn

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.

September 2011

L. Bound Funeral Services (Matlock St John Ambulance)

L. Bound Funeral Services (Matlock St John Ambulance)

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.

October 2011

Tower 40 of Whitelee Windfarm

Tower 40 of Whitelee Windfarm

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.

November 2011

Eastern platform at Aldwych tube station

Eastern platform at Aldwych tube station

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.

December 2011

Stars hanging in the Tower Space of Southwark Cathedral

Stars hanging in the Tower Space of Southwark Cathedral

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.

MV Caledonian Isles after an afternoon arrival at Brodick on Hogmany 2011

MV Caledonian Isles after an afternoon arrival at Brodick on Hogmany 2011

The year ended as it began on the Isle of Arran.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s