Looking up

I have a very exciting project on the go at the moment, it’s top secret and I’m desperate to share it with everyone I know. I need to hold on for just a little longer though!

It combines a few passions of mine all in one go – harps, numbers and my adopted city of Glasgow.

I had a wander around the city I love so much today, and snapped a few photos, trying to find things that you might not notice if you just walked through the streets every day without paying attention. I’ve added a few other favourites at the end of this post.

I found myself thinking about what had brought me here, what keeps me here and how I could possibly communicate all the best things about Glasgow to people who maybe haven’t discovered it yet.

I can barely believe I’ve been here almost three years. This is my third Scottish summer, and so far it has not been the finest. There was a significant dump of snow in the Highlands early in the week, and we can barely believe it’s June.

I feel very free here. I no longer have to plan my journeys around traffic jams. Overall it’s noticeably less busy than the south east of England. I live 10 miles from the city centre but can be in town within 25 minutes at the weekend. I love having the hills on my doorstep. I love the changing of the seasons and the lengthening of the days, which is much much more noticeable than before. I love seeing deer when I’m out for a run. I love how my spirit lifts when the sun comes out.

A few things that happen in Scotland/Glasgow that don’t happen in England:

  • If you are standing in a queue, rather than saying “Next!” they say “First here please”, or as it sounds, Fusssst’heERrRR. It took me ages to get the hang of this, and a few nudges from the people stood behind me (see next point)

  • People stand much closer to you in queues here than they do in England.

  • People call you “pal” rather than “mate” and say “how ye doin?” rather than “Alright?”

  • Scottish people actually eat haggis and wear tartan. This was a surprise to me as I really thought haggis was for tourists and kilts were just for black tie events or weddings.

  • it’s always a surprise what colour of bank note you get at a cashpoint

  • it’s almost impossible to buy Mr Kiplings French Fancies

  • instead, on the bakery aisle in supermarkets, you will see such things as Empire biscuits and pineapple tarts

  • at Christmas in Greggs you will have to specify what type of mince pie you require. A sweet mince pie is a normal one. A mince pie is a savoury one

  • you get an extra bank holiday at new year

  • everyone seems to be able to knock out a tune on at least one instrument