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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the regular features of my photographs is our British Short Hair Tabby, Cosmo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time in many years we have had the opportunity and space to put up a Christmas tree.
So 2013 ended on Arran, with the sun on Goat Fell and the peak shrouded in cloud.
So what will 2014 bring?
Only time will tell………