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.
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 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.
- January Blogs
- Winter Garden
- Sights of Central Glasgow – 3 January 2015
- Creamy Bubble and Squeak Soup – 10 January 2015
- Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh – 17 January 2015
- Radio 4 Sunday Service at St Mary’s
- Winter Garden – 24 & 31 January 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.
Having flown into Luton, and taken the train to Blackfriars, we had a short walk along the South Bank to our hotel.
- St Botolph without Aldersgate, London – 7 February 2015
- St Bartholomew the Less – 7 February 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.
March also included my regular time at Eastwood Park Theatre with Theatre South Productions. This years show was Guys and Dolls.
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.
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.
There also a few other gems we found and photographed and subsequently blogged about. In the meantime, the garden still needed our attention.
Blogs from Shaun in the City – London
- Bitzer’s Trail
- Shirley’s Trail
- Timmy’s Trail
- Shaun’s Trail
- Lost Sheep
Other April Blogs
- Beth runs the Brighton Marathon – 12 April 2015
- Leadenhall Market – 11 April 2015
- Garden Update: New Mini Greenhouse – 19 April 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.
However this did not preclude more pictures being taken on a trip to Braemar at the beginning of the month.
- St Margaret’s Church, Braemar – 9 May 2015
- Pictures from the trip to Braemar
- The Kelpies – 23 May 2015
- More pictures of The Kelpies
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.
Cosmo did his bit supervising our gardening activities, which included the building of a new raised bed in the front garden.
- Building and Planting a Flower Bed – 21 June 2015
- Pictures from building and planting a flower bed
- Pictures from RSCM Music Sunday at St Mary’s – 21 June 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.
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.
At the end of July the was a day trip to Carlisle
- MV Balmoral at Llandudno – 2 July 2015
- Glosters in Porthmadog
- Carlisle Castle – 25 July 2015
- Carlisle Cathedral
Shaun in the City – Bristol
- Shaun in the City – Sheep Drive
- Shaun in the City – Downs Trail
- Shaun in the City – Heritage Trail
- Shaun in the City – Brunel Trail
- Shaun in the City – Temple Trail
- Shaun in the City – Harbourside Trail
- Shaun in the City – Old City Trail
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral 2015
- To Bethlehem, To Bethlehem
- Christmas Carol Service
- Midnight Mass at St Mary’s
- Christmas Morning Service
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.
So as 2015 comes to an end,
Leap Year 2016 begins………