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That was 2014

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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.

Tidal Surge in Brodick Bay

Tidal Surge in Brodick Bay
3 January 2014

January 2014

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.

MV Clansman approaching Brodick Bay

MV Clansman approaching Brodick Bay.
3 January 2014

February 2014
The first RSCM Scottish Voices event of the year was at St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow, located adjacent to Linlithgow Palace.

St Michael's Parish Church, Linlithgow

St Michael’s Parish Church, Linlithgow
15 February 2014

March 2014
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.

Floodlit East End of Durham Cathedral.

Floodlit East End of Durham Cathedral.
29 March 2014

April 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.

Porthmadog Signalbox

Porthmadog Signalbox
11 April 2014

May 2014
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.

Paisley Abbey

Paisley Abbey
31 May 2014

June 2014
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.

Goat Fell and Brodick Bay.

Goat Fell and Brodick Bay.
16 June 2014

July 2014
One of the highlights of 2014 was the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The atmosphere around Glasgow was fantastic, with the weather joining in.

Scotland v. South Africa Rugby Sevens at Ibrox

Scotland v. South Africa Rugby Sevens at Ibrox.
27 July 2014

August 2014
Back to Porthmadog in August, and a revisit to a lovely little coffee shop run by friends Myfanwy and Tom

Pethau Melys

Pethau Melys
7 August 2014

Having posted several times on Tripadvisor, this time I wrote a blog about their coffee shop.

September 2014
Another of our regular trips to London, and we visited the Tower of London were the field of poppies was growing.

Poppies at the Tower of London

Poppies at the Tower of London
13 September 2014

October 2014
In October we visited a number of Cathedrals in south west England, including Wells Cathedral.

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
20 October 2014

November 2014
A business trip in November gave me the chance to visit Gloucester Cathedral for the second time in three weeks.

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral
11 November 2014

December 2014
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.

Christmas Tree in Kilbarchan East Church

Christmas Tree in Kilbarchan East Church
12 December 2014

So 2014 ends with an overcast day and the the view across Balgray Resevoir to the south of Glasgow.

Balgray Reservoir

Balgray Reservoir
31 December 2014

So that is 2014,
2015 awaits………

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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