As 2016 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on my year. I managed to keep up a blog a week until July. Since then time has been getting the better of me, so there has only been occasional postings.
As the beginning of 2016 I was still posting my travelogue of the September 2015 holiday in Ontario. At the beginning of the year I joined Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society, with my first concert the 2 January 2016 singing of Handel’s Messiah.
A theme during 2016 was visiting Cathedrals and Abbeys. The first was Rochester Cathedral.
More on the visit to Rochester Cathedral:
The Cathedral visited in February was Carlisle Cathedral.
This was a return visit, this time to sing with RSCM Scottish Voices on our first meeting of the year.
More on the visit to Carlisle Cathedral:
At the end of the month I visited Chichester Cathedral
More on the visit to Chichester Cathedral:
On Good Friday, we had booked a balloon flight in Central Scotland, however due to unsuitable wind conditions, it was cancelled. We rebooked twice more in 2016, both also cancelled due to weather.
Consequently, we undertook a day trip to Pitlochry on what turned out to be a sunny, if cold, day.
Hopefully in 2017 we will manage to get our balloon flight
My blogs published March 2016.
Near to where we live are a series of reservoirs that date from the end of the 19th century. The first, Ryat Linn, was located to take advantage of the water flowing in the Brock Burn.
More on the visit to Ryat Linn:
Something slightly different for us in May, as we participated in the beating of the bounds for Southwark Cathedral. PArt way round we stopped at the Red Cross Garden
In June we discovered a little known gem in the West End of Glasgow, Bingham’s Pond. Although it has been reduced in size over the years the water is a magnet for wildlife.
More on the visit to Bingham’s Pond:
Following on from our Shaun in the City trails in 2015, we have been looking out for other trails. One was in London associated with the release of the film The BFG based on the book by Roald Dahl. As part of this, a trail of Dream Jars was placed round London.
Whilst locating them, we came across a Routemaster on Wedding duty crossing Holborn Viaduct.
More about finding the Dream Jars:
August meant another trip to North Wales. As well as the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway volunteering, I took another set of pictures of Myfanwy’s Shop Window.
In September we visited North Yorkshire. Whilst there we managed to visit four abbeys, a priory, a cathedral and four churches, along with other attractions in the area.
Most people who visit Portsmouth go to the Historic Naval Shipyard, however on the day of our visit our target was Portsmouth Cathedral. Built as a parish church, and dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury, in the 12th century, it was extended in the 17th century becoming a cathedral in 1927. Various extensions to the building took place including 3 bays of the nave by 1939, with the fourth and final bay completed and consecrated in 1991.
November heralded the sixth and final RSCM Scottish Voices service, this time at Culross Abbey in Fife. The church is still in use, however the other buildings in the monastic foundation are in ruins.
In December there was the GCCS Carol Concert in Glasgow Cathedral. I took the opportunity to take some night time pictures in the building.
So 2016 is drawing to a close, the blog resolution is to get back in the routine of post a blog a week. If my plan is fulfilled, the beginning of 2017 will include a travelogue featuring the September 2016 holiday in North Yorkshire.