Today, 5 March 2015, is World Book Day. It’s a day when we are all encouraged to think about books and children all over the country are going in to school dressed as their favourite characters.
My favourite book growing up was The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, all about a little girl, Mary Lennox, forced to move to her uncle’s house after her parents died. While there, she discovers a walled garden which has been locked and left untended since her aunt died in it many years earlier. I won’t spoil the book for you by telling you what happens, but it used to have me in tears. I longed for my own secret garden where I could play and work miracles, but of course, it was a story. Continue reading
As I live on the banks of the River Clyde where it meets the Gare Loch, the sights and sounds of the river are very familiar to me. I was very excited then when I heard about a walk being organised to one of the navigation towers near the Erskine Bridge. Continue reading
Helensburgh is rapidly becoming a foodie destination and has many award-winning restaurants offering dishes from a variety of different countries. Today, I joined some friends at one of the newest: The Picture House in James Street, which has a mostly Tex-Mex menu. Continue reading
When I was a wee calf, I used to love listening to Murdoch the farm dog telling the story of Greyfriar’s Bobby, the faithful dog who slept on his master’s grave for years and was adopted, fed and protected by the locals. I remember being so excited when I was able to see the famous statue in Edinburgh when I went over to my first Highland Show, and always go back when I’m over that way.
Well, Edinburgh may have Bobby and Old Jock, but Helensburgh has its own special animal and it is that tale which I will share with you today, as I think it is a lovely story: Continue reading
The Scottish word “dreich” has no direct translation but it perfectly describes the weather on Wednesday: wet, grey, miserable… What better day to go out for a drive in my friend’s new car? Our journey took us along Loch Lomond, across to Arrochar and Loch Long then across the Rest and Be Thankful pass to Loch Fyne and Inveraray. Despite the weather it was a spectacular drive with the mist clinging on to the tree tops and the lochs the colour of unpolished pewter. Continue reading
The statue of Robert the Bruce looking over the battlefield of Bannockburn
Today, 24 June 2014, marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Just as Hastings in 1066 is etched into the brains of all Englishmen, so Bannockburn is etched into the hearts of all Scotsmen. This was the Battle at which Robert the Bruce led the Scots to victory against King Edward II of England – “proud Edward’s army, and sent him homeward tae think again” – completing the campaign started by William Wallace – he of “Braveheart” fame. Continue reading
Since moving into Helensburgh itself, I’ve heard an awful lot of people talking about Yogi Bear inventing the television. Now, I didn’t come down the Clyde on a banana boat, but they sounded very serious and proud, so I decided to investigate further. Continue reading