It usually rains in Glasgow but even the local papers were saying that the rain was of Biblical proportions. It had already rained for forty days and forty nights but no-one was prepared for two inches of rain in a single night with winds of 85mph. And more rain the next day and the next….
Splashing along the road (and this was a good day!)
But the Glaswegians are a hardy lot and the rain didn’t diminish their cheerfulness. There’s lots to do indoors. I enjoyed the David Lloyd leisure centre with a cinema club for the kids so the grown ups can spend an evening in the pool, spa and saunas.
Maggie at the climbing wall
It was a particularly hectic time as the older grandchild, Maggie, celebrated her 7th birthday. She has so many friends we had two parties. On the Saturday we took one group to a climbing wall and next day entertained 22 school friends at the bowling alley.
Jo getting a helping hand bowling
With those two birthday parties and another one for the family I think I will never eat chocolate cake again.
Blowing the candles out
Besides the birthday parties life seemed to be an endless round of activity. French lessons and piano lessons, the after school club, Church youth club, Messy Church…. the kids don’t seem to stay still for a minute.
Jo at the piano
I was lucky to be there to see the School Christmas Play, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Maggie was one of the maids a-milking and Jo was in the chorus. Everybody sang in tune, remembered the words and came in at the right time. What confidence at such a young age!
Maggie as one of the Maids a-milking
I had help childminding as our son Malcolm came to visit from Bedfordshire. One sunny morning (no rain until after lunch!) we went to the nearby Museum of Transport.
The Riverside Museum
Moored alongside is the old tallship the Glenlee. Built in Glasgow in 1896, she was a cargo ship, and later was a sail training ship for the Spanish Navy. Neglected and scuttled in Seville, she was rescued by the Clyde Maritime Trust and towed back to Glasgow to be restored in 1996. It’s open for visitors and I notice you can have a birthday party in the cargo hold. Perhaps an idea for next year!
I was glad to come home to warm sunshine and a quiet life. But I do miss them!
Until next year