Wow! What a change in the weather. The sight of highschool chum at the arrival gate in Glasgow was wonderful. And to be whisked away in her red roadster to The House for an Art Lover within minutes was like being in a movie…..and not a B grade movie. This building dedicated to the design work of Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald was completed in 1990. It was built after a number of architects wanted to make the design drawings submitted in a competition come to reality. Such a superb memorial to the ovals, rose motifs, embroidery, perspective and furniture designs of two amazing talents.
The delights of art deco RM design were continued with a decadent High Tea at the Willow Tea Rooms in the heart of Glasgow. Delicious gluten free delicacies and the subtleties of design even flowed from the light fittings, to the chairs and in to the rest rooms. What a treat! Meeting J’s friend Linda, and seeing the chocolate mousse melting in the Scottish heat was fun. 🤣 Followed by a drink at the very stylish salon at the nearby hotel, and catching glimpses of the CBD gems. Yarning with J’s Irish friend Una capped off a day of delights.
Of course that meant an early morning walk to partially justify the calorific overload from the previous day. From J’s 5th floor stylish Templeton Court apartment overlooking Glasgow Green, I meandered past the People’s Palace collection; the world’s largest terracotta fountain – ornate Wedgewood carvings; the soon to be demolished huge glass house; and watched as wisps of water vapour steam puffed up from the Chivas Pernod distillery.
The strolling continued along the River Clyde, over the St Andrew’s suspension bridge to Gorbals where one of my great great grandfathers was born. Being a sleepy Sunday morning I virtually had the place to myself to explore the quiet and the quirky. Neither dog walkers nor exercisers.
The various styles of architecture and the familar family names were fun to explore. J whipped up a heart pumping vegetable juice with enough ginger zing to see me through the upcoming day’s adventures and the searing heat of a sizzling Glasgow’s summer day (Aussies will see the irony in this when they hear it topped 29 degrees). Then came second course of yummy scrambled eggs and Scottish salmon.
The hostest with the mostest!
So to The Kelpies at Falkirk. What an amazing structure, and canal boats and crowds. The folklore and symbolism is well worth a visit to Mr Google!
Of course the mighty horse heads are a sight to savour, as was the icecream, but the time at the site was made so much fun by meeting up with special McGrath friends from home who are also playing tourist in Scotland, as well as the chance to catch up with locals – mother Jackie and daughter Kirsty from our tightknit group in Mexico 5 years ago. What a glorious sunny day made even more so by this gathering.
And the top came down! The air conditioning went on! Icing on the cake…..
A pleasant lunch at The Boardwalk followed by a quick look at the Falkirk Wheel which slowly moves the boats up and on to the canals, still left J with time to continue the drive on to Edinburgh to show me the new Forth Bridge and the views around Queensferry. The size and simplicity of design were awe inspiring.
An all round amazing day! Slept like a log too. Thank you so much Janette.