We are now half way into Autumn, which is my favourite season. Halloween and Guy Fawkes have passed, and it is only 37 days until Christmas. The last few weeks have been kept busy, with birthdays, autumn walks and celebrating my brother (Laurence) engagement. I thought I would share with you some updates, over the last two months. I definitely don’t want this blog to portray a perfectly filtered life, as that is not my intention – and nobodies life is like that. I am sharing in the hope you may like to try some of the places I have been to over the last few months, – I hope you enjoy. And thank you for following my blog.
An Afternoon In Luss:
Luss is a beautiful village in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the west bank of Loch Lomond. Luss is particularly scenic during Autumn, showcasing an assortment of vibrant colours. I recently spent a lovely afternoon in Luss with my brother and niece. We enjoyed a lovely walk exploring the village, and gift shops and later had lunch at the Duck Bay cafe. I had a selection of sandwiches, a peppermint tea, and enjoyed a red velvet cake. The food was delicious, and the views from the cafe were exquisite. Luss is the perfect location to relax, and enjoy Autumn in all its glory in Scotland.
Afternoon Tea in Finneston:
It was my friend Brooke birthday a few weeks ago, and we enjoyed afternoon tea at The Hidden Lane Tearooms, followed by some drinks in Ashton Lane. The afternoon tea was lovely, we had a selection of sandwiches, mini cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam and a pot of tea. The only negative I would say about The Hidden Lane Tearoom’s was that the service was extremely slow – we had to ask for refills and the bill several times. After afternoon tea we went to Ashton Lane, and had a selection of cocktails from Brel and The Grosvenor. They both have a tremendous drink selection, and the ambience is relaxed. Overall, it was a fantastic day celebrating Brooke birthday, and catching up with friends.
The Craft Pottery:
The Craft Pottery is an independent pottery and craft studio in central Glasgow, with an added bonus they have a Bring Your Own Bottle Policy. This is one of my favourite places to enjoy a relaxed afternoon, or evening. The Craft Pottery also provide the option of seasonal pottery, if you would like to get into the festive spirit. I went for an afternoon before Halloween and choose a pumpkin to design, and recently went and choose a snowman for Christmas. If you are looking for something chilled to do during the darker and frosty nights, I would definitely recommend going here.
An Autumn Wedding:
My friend Ross recently married his partner Gregg at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The venue was spectacular, with fairy lights and candles lighting the place up. It was a beautiful humanist service, followed by a lovely meal and a live band. It was wonderful catching up with uni friends, and we had several tequila shots to make up for old times. We also took several pictures in the Photo Booth and after several shots left a video message to the groom. The wedding was perfect, with every detail thought about, with a vintage and classic touch.
An Evening In Balmaha:
The picturesque village of Balmaha is situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, and is constantly bustling with tourists and hikers. It is an ideal destination for exploring the area around Loch Lomond, and makes for a perfect autumn walk. I took a trip to Balmaha last week, with my dad, brother and niece. We all enjoyed an autumn walk, and the scenery showcased various shades of red, yellow, purple, orange, magenta and brown. We also enjoyed coffee outside at a charming cafe. This was next to a play park – which my niece really enjoyed.
The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow:
It was also my friend Cheryl birthday recently, and we went to The Stand Comedy Club in the West End, and seen Elf Lyons. We then went to a few bars near The Stand Comedy Club, including Stravaigin and Brel in Ashton Lane. Stravaigin serve fantastic cocktails, and appetizers. It was a lovely day, and a few of us were suffering a little the next day.
Walking My Dog During Autumn:
I really enjoy walking my dog, during Autumn. There are so many beautiful parks to choose from in Glasgow, and I regularly walk in Pollok Country Park. These are some pictures that I have captured over the last two months.
“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Eating Out In Glasgow – During Autumn:
What Am I Reading?
I am currently reading VOX by Christina Dalcher, which I am really enjoying. This is set in America, where all females have been silenced and repressed. Women are silenced to 100 words a day, and anymore they will be given a thousand volts of electricity through their veins. Women’s bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seven million have lost their jobs. Young girls are also no longer taught to read or write. This is a harrowing story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter. I will provide a more detailed review when I have finished the book.
I am also listening to Edward Snowden autobiography called Permanent Record, on audiobook. This book provides a detailed insight into Edward Snowden life, as well as the reasoning behind his actions for realising highly classified NSA documents. I am currently only on chapter 3, however will also provide a comprehensive review when I have finished.