I had to go and get some keys cut up at Anniesland, but the hint of rain had made the air so fresh that I took the waterproofs and set off for a four-hour walk through Glasgow’s West End.
And sure enough, by the time I’d come out of the hardware shop, the drizzle was on. I braved it for a few minutes but finally stopped to take shelter under some trees and don the waterproofs. It occurred to me that I’d passed this pond so often along Great Western Road, but had never taken a closer look.
On my way back were the colourful scenes at the front of tenement blocks.
No walk though the West End is complete without a stopover at Hargan’s Dairy. Re-exposed to the elements for almost a decade now, the 1960s lettering is peeling fast.
The old, as reflected in the new.
Spotted on a recent walkabout in Glasgow.
Work on the South Portland Street Suspension Bridge began in 1851, but after the masonry towers had been completed and the main suspension chains erected, the south tower split from top to bottom.
Extensive repairs and renewals were carried out in 1870 and again in 1926, but the masonry towers built in 1853 are the oldest surviving elements in Glasgow’s Clyde bridges.
Benches make me think of open-air places: public parks, private gardens, lakes, beaches, picnics, sports, places in the city where you can have your lunch on a warm day…
But also the workbenches used by artisans, the schoolbenches used by children, the (back)benches occupied by politicians, the pews where churchgoers kneel, maybe also the judge’s (figurative) bench.
The solitary bench is a familiar image, showing splendid or melancholy isolation, often set in beautiful landscape.
A bench on one’s own, on the edge of the crowd, may be pretty melancholy too, but there’s something so forlorn about a broken bench, or a bench that’s made for conviviality but left empty.
Here are a few of the many benches I have come across recently.
Check out Where’s My Backpack for this week’s travel theme: Benches.
Drizzle on Sauchiehall Street
Drizzle on Piazza Italia
Drizzle on the Clyde
Drizzle at Glasgow Green
Watching the drizzle from the Winter Garden
Braving the drizzle at the People’s Palace
(Ex-)Templeton Carpet Factory in the drizzle