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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

That was 2012

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With the 366 days of 2012 nearly at an end, here is my brief pictorial round up of 2012

Sunset over the Mull of Kintyre from Blackwaterfoot.

Sunset over the Mull of Kintyre from Blackwaterfoot.

January 2012
2012 started on the Isle of Arran. Although New Year’s Day was sunny, the weather turned resulting in being stormbound the day we had planned to leave the island.

MV Caledonian Isles stormbound at Brodick.

MV Caledonian Isles stormbound at Brodick.


Mid afternoon the weather had calmed down with blue skies over Goat Fell.
Afternoon blue skies above Goat Fell.

Afternoon blue skies above Goat Fell.

The following day with Ardrossan not able to receive ferries, due to storm damage, we took the diverted ferry to Gourock.

February 2012
Having got a cut price voucher we visited the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Barnes. Developed on the site of a redundant waterworks it provides habitat for numerous birds both resident and migratory.

Strutting Geese at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Barnes, London.

Strutting Geese at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Barnes, London.

March 2012
During Lent the Die Harder sculpture was erected in the sanctuary of Southwark Cathedral. Artist, David Mach, used wire coat hangers in this depiction of the crucified Christ.

"Die Harder" at Southwark Cathedral by David Mach.

“Die Harder” at Southwark Cathedral by David Mach.


March also featured Theatre South Productions presenting the Tim Rice and Elton John musical, Aida

April 2012
A church in Edinburgh I have been meaning to visit for many years is Old St Pauls. I got the opportunity at the end of April, singing evensong there with RSCM Scottish Voices.

Old St Pauls, Edinburgh.

Old St Pauls, Edinburgh.

May 2012
As a result of use a photographic printing company in London in 2011, I got their mailshot about Clerkenwell Design Week. Whilst ambling around Clerkenwell on a glorious sunny afternoon I visited the Prior Church of St John.

Priory Church of St John, Clerkenwell, London.

Priory Church of St John, Clerkenwell, London.

June 2012
In June I had the opportunity to visit China on a business trip. When the work was finished I took the chance to spend a day or so sightseeing.

Great Wall of China at Juyongguan.

Great Wall of China at Juyongguan.

July 2012
At the end of July the 2012 summer Olympic Games started in London. Whilst the opening ceremony was in progress I was on a train heading towards London. The following day we went to the Chilterns visiting the Buckingham Railway Centre at Quainton Road and Claydon House. Whilst at Claydon we also visited Church of All Saints.

Church of All Saints, Middle Claydon.

Church of All Saints, Middle Claydon.

August 2012
By the end of August I was losing count on the number of visits to Arran. The 23 August was also the last visit of the season of PS Waverley, which I followed along the Arran coastline.

PS Waverley at Whiting Bay.

PS Waverley at Whiting Bay.

September 2012
September included a visit to Canterbury Cathedral and another visit to Arran.

1950 Albion bus approaching Blackwaterfoot.

1950 Albion bus approaching Blackwaterfoot.

October 2012
October saw the first visit to Canada for four years. This visit was to Vancouver and Victoria.

Canada Place, Vancouver.

Canada Place, Vancouver.

November 2012
November was a quiet month, however as always Christmas starts to emerge during the month. Street entertainers as always seek to entertain the passing crowds.

Clanadonia in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

Clanadonia in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

December 2012
December finished much the same way January start with wet weather, however I visited another new church, St Mary’s Bourne Street in London.

Minstrels at west end of Southwark Cathedral.

Minstrels at west end of Southwark Cathedral.

…and finally
During a dry spell on Hogmany afternoon, a visit to the north end of Arran, seeing a small amount of snow on the mountains.

Snow on the mountains of Arran.

Snow on the mountains of Arran.


So as with 2011, the year began and ended 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.

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