Saturday, 29 February 2020
As it was a rare sunny day, after a period of storms and rain, I decided to visit the oldest parts of Glasgow again, as I'd not been over there for a couple of years. The area around Glasgow Green, (The first city park) the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral... seen above, along with explorer David Livingstone's statue in front... and Glasgow's Necropolis- the city of the dead.
Glasgow at that time being one of the most overcrowded and service lacking cities, overwhelmed by migrant numbers coming in and a desperate need to house them all, preferably in the East End. Before the 1840s city residents often took their water supplies direct from the River Clyde near Dalmarnock, a source of several bad outbreaks, killing thousands at a time, until new reservoirs in the surrounding uplands and Loch Katrine in the mountainous Trossachs became available. The good old days?
Glasgow's proud coat of arms above. The fish that made a sea- The bell that never flew- the bird that never grew- the tree that never be ....something along those lines anyway. Look it up.
Thursday, 20 February 2020
A view of Saltcoats above. The two big named storms this winter have occurred within a week of each other. As I've been flooded myself, many years ago, by burst pipes, after -15 below temperatures, when I was off exploring elsewhere, I can understand first hand some of the misery, and ongoing fear of re-occurrence these storms have left in their path, with widespread flooding, destruction, and ruined homes and business properties across the UK on the news currently. On a much smaller scale I've lost several fences to the storms in past years but that's more of an annoying inconvenience rather than a soul destroying blow. I've also helped in past decades with year by year house clear-ups after flooding as part of my old job, moving families to temporary accommodation then disposing of damaged furniture, ruined carpets, and electrical equipment all over the city, although that was caused by empty unheated houses bursting pipes in the various half deserted council estates in extremely cold winters. Weather/Nature at times can be cruel... and the ultimate top predator.
So I did this section first.
A history link here... and apparently Ayrshire is making sea salt again. You learn something every day!
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
While I wouldn't normally be excited to visit a 7th century middle aged Irish abbess this particular Ciara was an Atlantic storm, predicted to hit landfall over Ireland and the UK, bringing strong winds and gusts approaching 90 miles an hour with flooding likely due to high spring tides. (Spring is in early February now?!!! Who knew!!!) A Celtic cross in Helensburgh, above.
It doesn't take much to be happy...and sustainable.... and you can have a reasonably good standard of life with a lot less... I already do that to a large degree..through natural inclination and poverty.... always a good curb on spending habits....a carbon pinkie print on the planet..... but our entire economy and wealth at the moment depends on everyone buying stuff they do not really need. And if we all stop buying stuff we don't need.... voluntarily.... other countries will just get ahead in our place. A frantic race to nowhere for all concerned.