Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Recce for Cunninghame ramblers. Dean park to Craufurdland ,Kilmarnock.

Todays colours were amazing


The deerstalker was my recce buddy today.
First of all my apologies for not posting a blog for a couple of weeks but this is due to the fact that Anne and I are moving house to Prestwick sometime in 2016 and there is so much junk accumulated in 28 years in Ayr this is going to be a mammoth task.Yesterday the deerstalker and I went to Kilmarnock to recce my walk of next week when I am the  leader for Cunninghame ramblers.We chose the most perfect day for our walk, the colours in the forests were absolutely amazing so lets hope we have similar conditions next Tuesday with the group.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Cunninghame ramblers. Glasgow historic walk. October 2015

Lighthouse museum

Is there no end to this ramblers talents!!

We travelled on the subway today.

Kelvingrove art galleries.

Part of the magnificent interior.

Walkers reading about my father.

Govan stones exhibition

Todays group

Beside my Dads Spitfire.
Yesterday Cunninghame ramblers travelled by bus to Glasgow for a historical walk round a small part of the great city led by myself. On a cloudy mild morning 15 of us met at the famous Donald Dewar statue situated at the top of Buchanan Street for a briefing from me on what we were proposing to visit on our journey. First stop was at a hero of mine "Nelson Mandella Square" where I explained why our city fathers had gone to exceptional lengths in 1986 to rename and dedicate the square to a great man.Next visit was to the Lighthouse museum to see a building designed by Charles Rennie McIntosh and also to admire the various designs and architecture housed within .After a quick shoogle on the famous Glasgow subway we arrived at Kelvingrove art gallerys to visit my father . Let me explain in more detail ,there is a spitfire hanging from one of the vaulted ceilings and in an alcove at the side is an area dedicated to Glasgows own 602 Battle of Britain  squadron which my Dad was proud to have been an active member of complete with his photograph taken in 1986 with surviving members of that era.Lunch stop was at Govan cross before we went onto visit the newly opened exhibition of the Govan Stones which is a display of prehistoric burial headstones.Our last visit of the day was to Fairfields shipyard where we had an excellent tour of the history of the Clyde shipyards and all of that areas rich industrial heritage. Another quick shoogle on the subway took us back into the city centre to end an interesting and varied walk to areas not normally frequented by the normal Glasgow tourist. Thanks to everyone involved today particularly the deerstalker who helped me organise travelling and keeping the group together in some of the more busier areas we visited.