2014 is coming to an end, and it has been a year of challenges, in many ways. On the blog front, there have been very few blogs, however I have managed to keep a regular posting of pictures on Blipfoto and Smugmug
Whilst 2013 finished calm and sunny, 2014 started stormy.
January started with gale force winds and we were stormbound on the Isle of Arran at the beginning of the month. On the day we had expected to leave it was not possible for the ferry to dock in Ardrossan, so it was going to Gourock. With no ferries the previous day, a flooding marshalling are and on two sailings on the day we intended to leave, we elected to wait until the first sailing the following day when the wind was forecast to drop.
The first RSCM Scottish Voices event of the year was at St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow, located adjacent to Linlithgow Palace.
At the end of March 2014, the choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow sang the services at Durham Cathedral over the weekend of Mothering Sunday.
- Pictures from Durham Castle – 29 & 30 March 2014
- Pictures from Durham Cathedral – 29 & 30 March 2014
- St Mary’s Choir at Durham Cathedral – 30 March 2014
April was the first visit of the year to the Ffestiniog Railway, and with the new station at Porthmadog an opportunity to learn and become qualified to operate the station signalbox.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the creation of RSCM Scottish Voices, a celebratory Choral Evensong was held at Paisley Abbey at the end of May.
In June several colleagues came north to my work and to host them one evening we took the ferry to Brodick for Fish and Chips. In contrast to the weather at the beginning of the year, the Scottish weather did us proud with a cloudless evening.
One of the highlights of 2014 was the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The atmosphere around Glasgow was fantastic, with the weather joining in.
- The Commonwealth Tapestry at St Mary’s
- BBC at the Quay, including The One Show – 21 July 2014
- Around the Games City – 25 July 2014
- Rugby Sevens – 27 July 2014
- Around the Games City – 27 July 2014
Back to Porthmadog in August, and a revisit to a lovely little coffee shop run by friends Myfanwy and Tom
Having posted several times on Tripadvisor, this time I wrote a blog about their coffee shop.
Another of our regular trips to London, and we visited the Tower of London were the field of poppies was growing.
In October we visited a number of Cathedrals in south west England, including Wells Cathedral.
A business trip in November gave me the chance to visit Gloucester Cathedral for the second time in three weeks.
Earlier in 2014 I joined the Kilbarchan Singers, and for the first time in over 40 years I found myself in the Kilbarchan East Church for the Christmas Concert. The previous occasion was when I was at the local primary school for the end of term service.
So 2014 ends with an overcast day and the the view across Balgray Resevoir to the south of Glasgow.
So that is 2014,