Tuesday, 30 March 2010

spring, Susie's and trip to Glasgow

Spring was coming, but now the clocks have changed to BST the temperature has lowered, gales blow and snow is apparently on the way. 
while i was still under the impression spring was arriving, i had 'rescued' some flowers from a shop, not what i usually do - buy flowers - but the warmer air went to my head.
recently went through to Glasgow to go to the Art Fair opening; went early to miss peak train times and visited The Big Mac Shop - this is me outside it

a bit blurry - who took that!!
Glasgow's architecure is quite different form Edinburgh's, here is a bit of old grand architecture

recently went into Susie's diner for a coffee, Andrew was there, told me that it is closing in April. what a shock! Susie's (previously Seeds co-op cafe) has been so unique in Edinburgh for so long, many of us often used to meet up there to eat great food, you would always know someone when you went in.  it's basic, unpretentious, friendly with big helpings of affordable veggie food.  Well, i guess - well done Seeds and Susie's for lasting so long!  some pics below

meanwhile i had a biopsy in my mouth yesterday, a 'minor procedure' its called.  it didnt feel very minor to me at the time.  but of course, it is.  i can only eat mushy food which is causing me some consternation, how to sleep without accidentally damaging the stitches is also of concern which hopefully will pass soon. it isnt so sore today, so that is a good sign. 

i have been going to the new cafe in the national library - its really nice and you can take your laptop and plug it in or use their own computers - free wifi as long as you get a coffee or something.  good coffee for very reasonable prices.  i have also joined for a period of time so i can use thier online resources for research.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

the red car

in the street where i live there are many of those tourist shops with cheap so-called 'Scottish' tatt in them! mind, they are always full of tourists buying.
we also have a bit of a floor show - or should it be street show. sometimes one of the owners of all the shops turns up in his fancy car, parks it on the street.  first of all a few people will be seen photographing the car.  more people will stop and look, one or two even dare to touch.  the owner will appear and eventually you will see someone being allowed to sit in the driver's seat while their friend takes a picture of them, surrounded by the crowd that has grown quite considerably.  then naturally there will be one or two other people who will want to be photographed in said driver's seat.  and so it goes.  eventually the crowd thins. eventually the car sits quietly parked, its owner gone on to other business.

i know there are two cars this time, i think the owners might be brothers, but it is usually the soft top that all the commotion happens around.

no crowd, yet.

but it doesnt take long.

there; last photo, crowd thinning.

and now for some amazing pink trousers:
this way
and back..
 i used to wear things like that in the '80s.  it doesnt seem that long ago.

Monday, 8 March 2010

sunday wanderings and its International Women's Day today

International Women's Day today

a couple of Sundays ago it was vaguely sunny, and i wandered about with my camera.
here are a few bits and bobs.

i always look up at this tower on top of the library roof. i once saw two people actually walking about on that tiny balcony up there. this image probaly doesnt give the true height of the building because i am on a terrace opposite which is at least two stories higher than the street the library sits on.
i wandered down George IV Bridge to the Meadows.  a couple of guys playing guitar and singing, a few others sitting on the bench with a cello (case) - perhaps. people generally milling about - sun coming out makes a difference.

then i walked through to George Square, hoping they had opened the garden and took a pic of all the bikes parked round the fence.
the garden wasnt open.

the area is all university buildings - old, medium and new. 
one day last August a pal and i were walking past this building here and she stopped and said that it was her old school.  we went to look in through the door, and someone let us in to the main hall to see. 
its a university building now. it was George Watsons Ladies college.
another day, more recently, another pal and i were walking and she stopped and said exactly the same thing. i was quite surprised. we worked out that these two pals couldnt have known each other because of the age gap.  but still.  the things you find out about people you have known for years...
eventually got around to Chambers St and it was dusk, or twilight (whats the difference i wonder).

have always liked the Scottish Museum, think its quite sculptural. some people hate it.

so anyway - looking up.
looking up again - there is a restuarant up at the top with brilliant views.

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