That’s one off the bucket list but not how I intended.

For a long time one of the things I have wanted to do is visit the Glasgow School of Art.  I have loved the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and also the works of his wife.  This year we are off for a holiday to Scotland and we will be spending five days close to Glasgow with the intention of having time to see the many things on offer in Glasgow and surrounds.  Top of my list was the Glasgow School of Art.

As you are no doubt aware that is now not going to be possible as the School suffered severe damage as the result of a fire, the second fire in four years.

The building was being restored after the previous fire when this fire occurred.


I will still be able to visit the Willow Tea Rooms

(Image courtesy of Willow Tea Rooms Trust)

but I am so disappointed that I will not see the School of Art  building in all its glory.  I was particularly looking forward to visiting the library.

If we get to Dundee we will be able to go to the new V&A museum there.  They are installing a section of the tearoom Mackintosh designed for The Ingram Street Tearooms which was destroyed in 1971 but part of the interior was rescued and put into storage by the Glasgow Museum. The Dundee V&A museum opens on 18th September so we might be able to squeeze in a visit on our return south after visiting Shetland.

I mentioned that I also was interested in the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald.

Hopefully we will be able to see aspects of their work in the various museums and galleries in Glasgow.

I might also mention that there is some street art to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh so we can visit that.


Good neighbours

We were sad to say farewell to our good neighbour who left for Melbourne this morning.

He has been our neighbour for about six years and we have thoroughly enjoyed his company and the company of his partner during this time.  We will miss them.

Hopefully we will be able to catch up with them when we are down in Melbourne in the future.

We are so lucky to have had good neighbours who we consider good friends.

A little tree that produced lots

We bought this tree which was labelled Tangelo seminole :Tangelos are a cross between mandarins and grapefruit so you get the sweetness of the mandarin and the sprite juiciness of the grapefruit all in one package. My husband doesn’t think that it is a tangelo but I don’t mind as I like the fruit that the tree has produced no matter what type of tree it is.

This is a photo of the tree after we had harvested the ripe fruit. We have had to harvest our fruit early as we have an issue with bower birds in the garden.

The satin and spotted bowerbirds are sometimes considered agricultural pests due to their habit of feeding on introduced fruit and vegetable crops and have occasionally been killed by affected orchardists.  (Wikipedia)

The bowerbird attacks the fruit from the bottom, while the fruit is on the tree, and gradually eats out the inside of the fruit thus leaving only the shell hanging on the tree.

Our tree is only small but it had produced a bountiful crop.

We are keeping a close watch on our orange tree as already there have been a couple of orange husks discovered on the tree.  We will need to start harvesting the oranges too.