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That was 2015

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2015 is coming to an end. On the blog front, I have managed to maintain a weel;y blog posting. I have also kept a regular posting of pictures on Blipfoto and Smugmug.

In amongst the usual mix of blog postings and albums in Smugmug, there are three large collctions. Two from the Shaun in the City trails in London and Bristol, which we visited in April 2015 and July 2015 respectively, and a holiday in Ontario in September 2015.

At the end of 2014, and into 2015, Virgin Trains gave one of their Pendolinos a seasonal livery.

Traindeer 390 112 at Glasgow Central

Pendolino 390 112 #Traindeer at Glasgow Central
3 January 2015

January 2015
The first event of 2015 for RSCM Scottish Voices was at Greyfriars Kirk, in the form of an Ephipany Carol Service, the start of “Spark” a festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organ.

The 1989 organ at Greyfriars Kirk

The 1989 organ at Greyfriars Kirk.
17 January 2015

The following day, Radio 4 broadcast the Sunday Service live from St Mary’s Cathedral. As alway Frikki Walker was directing St Mary’s Choir. We also renewed our acquaintance with the Mo McCulloch, the BBC producer in Scotland for this programme.

Fr Chuks Iwuagwu and Provost Kelvin Holdsworth during the broadcast.

Fr Chuks Iwuagwu and Provost Kelvin Holdsworth during the broadcast.
18 January 2015

February 2015
At the beginning of February we made a weekend visit to London. On the Saturday, we visited the London Museum and a number of churches in the City of London.

Evening view of the Millenium Bridge over the Thames

Evening view of the Millenium Bridge over the Thames
7 February 2015

Having flown into Luton, and taken the train to Blackfriars, we had a short walk along the South Bank to our hotel.

March 2015
In late March 2015, I made my first trip of the year to Porthmadog. My friend Myfanwy, had just completed the Easter window decoration in her shop.

Easter Window at Glosters

Easter Window at Glosters
23 March 2015

March also included my regular time at Eastwood Park Theatre with Theatre South Productions. This years show was Guys and Dolls.

Curtain call on Guys and Dolls by TSP

Curtain call on Guys and Dolls by TSP
12 March 2015

April 2015
April began with Easter, however the second weekend found us visiting London again. Our plan was to cheer on our friend Beth as she finished the Brighton Marathon on the Sunday. The first thing I did when I got back to my hotel on Sunday evening was write my blog about Beth’s run.

Beth with Medal and foil blanket.

Beth with Medal and foil blanket.
12 April 2015

As is usual we were staying in London, so on the Saturday we decided to follow the Shaun in the City trails. We did not really know how many we would get to, however a heavy shower of rain delayed our started, which in retrospect was a shame as it prevented us from reached all fifty in one day, however 48 were found and photographed, subsequently being put on line in the Smugmug gallery and blogged about. Apart for the journey from Oxford Circus to Paddington, we walked the rest of the way, with our pedometers recording around 33,000 steps, calculated at around 17 miles.

The final two at Canary Wharf were found upon our return from Brighton on the Sunday evening.

Br-ewe-nel outside Tate Modern

Shaun in the City – London
Br-ewe-nel outside Tate Modern
11 April 2015

There also a few other gems we found and photographed and subsequently blogged about. In the meantime, the garden still needed our attention.

May 2015
Most of May’s blogs were recollecting the Shaun in the City expedition, however there were one of two other topics squeezed in. We visited The Kelpies at the east end of the Forth and Clyde Canal in late May on a very sunny afternoon.

The Kelpies

The Kelpies
23 May 2015

However this did not preclude more pictures being taken on a trip to Braemar at the beginning of the month.

June 2015
June was a busy time in the garden, and included another trip to London. Our trip to London was delayed by the need to change a tyre on the plane.

Changing the tyre on an Easyjet Airbus A319

Changing the tyre on an Easyjet Airbus A319
12 June 2015

Cosmo did his bit supervising our gardening activities, which included the building of a new raised bed in the front garden.

Cosmo in the Garden

Cosmo in the Garden
20 June 2015

July 2015
We started July on holiday in North Wales, and later in the month headed to Bristol to track down the Shaun in the City Trails. Whilst we were in North Wales we went to see MV Balmoral berth at Llandudno pier for the first time since 2007.

MV Balmoral entering Llandudno Bay.

MV Balmoral entering Llandudno Bay.
2 July 2015

There was another trip to Glosters in Porthmadog, to view Myfanwy’s summer window dressing.

Despite considerable planning, we only managed to track down 55 of the 70 Bristol Shauns. Some were out of reach without a car, and other were just ran out of time.

Isambaaard at the west end of the Clifton Suspension Bridge

Shaun in the City – Bristol
Isambaaard at the west end of the Clifton Suspension Bridge
18 July 2015

At the end of July the was a day trip to Carlisle

August 2015
Early August was another trip to the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog. RSCM Scottish Voices had their annual residential weekend at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan. The concluding act of worship took place around the Scottish Police Memorial.

Scottish Police Memorial at Tulliallan Police College

Scottish Police Memorial at Tulliallan Police College
9 August 2015

September 2014
In September we visited Ontario. It was the first time for Kathryn, whilst I last visited in 2007. Over the two weeks week based ourselves in Mississauga (in the Toronto Metro area), Niagara-on-the-Lake (for Niagara Falls), Huntsville (for Algonquin Park) and Port Elgin (on the shore of Lake Huron in Bruce County). Since the beginning of October, the photographs that were taken have been appearing on Smugmug, and blogs once of twice a week. Even now at the end of 2015, I have still for chronicle the last section of our holiday.

Toronto from the harbour

Toronto from the harbour
15 September 2015

October 2014
In October the Shaun in the City charity sale took place in Bristol, so we recalled our Shaun in the City adventures in London (April 2015) and Bristol (July 2015).

It was a time to take stock of our activities in the garden. The spring planting of onions had been harvested, and once the bed had been prepared, winter onions, garlic and shallots were planted.

Winter planted onions, Garlic and Shallots

Winter planted onions, Garlic and Shallots
18 October 2015

November 2014
After visits to St Andrews, Braemar, Tulliallan, Oban and Perth, RSCM Scottish Voices finished the year singing Choral Evensong at Old St Paul’s Church in Edinburgh.

High Altar of Old St Paul's, Edinburgh

High Altar of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh
14 November 2015

December 2014
Whilst still working my way through the pictures from our holiday, the blog and smugmug have been concentrating on Ontario, however as in previous year St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow featured in a number of my postings – in the WordPress Blog, Smugmug Galleries and in Blipfoto.

The second of four services that I recorded over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, was the Christmas Carol service, and this picture was taken using the fisheye adaptor on my camera.

Chirstmas Carol Service at St Mary's

Chirstmas Carol Service at St Mary’s
24 December 2015

And so to the end of 2015, and heading home from work I stopped to take a picture of the sun setting over the Isle of Arran with the wind whips up the waves.

Sunset over Arran

Sunset over Arran
31 December 2015

So as 2015 comes to an end,
Leap Year 2016 begins………

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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