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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Reflections of 2013

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A round up of 2013. It was a year of changes, not least a six month gap in posts from mid summer to mid winter.

The year started on the Isle of Arran in front of the fire

Wood Fire - 1 January 2013

Wood Fire
1 January 2013

January 2013
January was notable for the amount of the snow that fell. On a Friday evening, this is the view out of the train at Wigan North Western at a time when the nearby M6 was shut due to the amount of snow that had fallen.

Snow at Wigan North Western - 25 January 2013

Snow at Wigan North Western
25 January 2013

February 2013
On a damp Saturday in February we visited Winchester Cathedral. The water table is quite high and the crypt has standing water most of the time. It houses a statue by Antony Gormley, called “Sound II”, installed in 1986.

Crypt of Winchester Cathedral - 8 February 2013

Crypt of Winchester Cathedral
8 February 2013

March 2013
2013 marked the 150 anniversary of the introduction of steam on the Ffestiniog Railway. To mark the occaision, the first locomotive built was put on display at Paddington Station in early March.

Princess at Paddington - 3 March 2013

Princess at Paddington
3 March 2013

April 2013
A Sunday towards the end of April is traditionally when the London Marathon is run. From London Bridge and past HMS Belfast runners can be seen crossing Tower Bridge.

HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge - 21 April 2013

HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge
21 April 2013

May 2013
May heralded another trip to North Wales and the Ffestiniog Railway, volunteering during the Steam 150 Gala weekend. On the return trip I visited Rhug Chapel just west of Corwen.

Rhug Chapel - 10 May 2013

Rhug Chapel
10 May 2013

June 2013
In June there was a business trip to Kent. Whilst there the host took the group to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Before the evening meal we were taken on a trip round the park. In the African Experience a Red Lechwe Antelope stands next to the water hole.

Red Lechwe Antelope at Port Lympne - 20 June 2013

Red Lechwe Antelope at Port Lympne
20 June 2013

July 2013
One of the regular features of my photographs is our British Short Hair Tabby, Cosmo.

Cosmo - 23 July 2013

Cosmo
23 July 2013

August 2013
August featured another trip to the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales, and another Cathedral visit. This time it coincided with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir from Glasgow singing the weekend services.

The Organ of Chester Cathedral - 10 August 2013

The Organ of Chester Cathedral
10 August 2013

September 2013
In late September a holiday took us to the Far East. Whilst in Beijing we visited the Summer Palace. After a walk round the side of the lake we reached the Marble Boat.

The Marble Boat at the Summer Palace - 19 September 2013

The Marble Boat at the Summer Palace
19 September 2013

October 2013
RSCM Scottish Voices had previously sung Choral Evensong at Dunfermline Abbey. On this return trip, it was for a concert of Tudor Music sponsored by the Carnegie Trust. Part of the complex I had never previously explored was the ruins of the former Dunfermline Palace.

Dunfermline Palace - 12 October 2013

Dunfermline Palace
12 October 2013

November 2013
It is often observed that the attractions closer to home are rarely visited. On a November Sunday we remedied this with a visit to the RSPB Reserve near Lochwinnoch. A post Sunday Lunch walk took us from the visitor centre to the shore of Castle Semple Loch.

Castle Semple Loch near Lochwinnoch - 10 November 2013

Castle Semple Loch near Lochwinnoch
10 November 2013

December 2013
For the first time in many years we have had the opportunity and space to put up a Christmas tree.

2013 Christmas Tree - 15 December 2013

2013 Christmas Tree
15 December 2013

So 2013 ended on Arran, with the sun on Goat Fell and the peak shrouded in cloud.

Goat Fell at Hogmanay - 31 December 2013

Goat Fell at Hogmanay
31 December 2013

So what will 2014 bring?
Only time will tell………

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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