So, when I was in Bristol I commented on how much I liked my “bike experience” there, and a few people (James Corner and Calmgrove, do check out their blogs) mentioned I should seek out the cycle map. I do indeed rather like it, a 3D view of all of the major cycle routes.
The map is located by the new square, which contains @Bristol and the planetarium; it made me think about the big distances which my family have moved over time, something I am considering for my art project. How did they get where they were going and why did they go there? Where have your family moved to or from? Do you have any exciting genealogical adventures to share?
My bike needs to get out, it is feeling sad attached to the railings where I am staying! I have been walking everywhere here.
I had meant to post this earlier but I have been a little tired from all the travelling and absorbing new places! Along the lines of a previous post on views from the East Coast main line train, I am adding a few from the Bristol to Brighton train.
First of all a musical sighting.. I was wondering why I had had various Bonzo Dog band songs in my head when I was staying in Bristol, now I know as I had been seeing buses with signs for Keynsham, the title of one of their albums!
I also enjoyed passing through Bath, as you can see a little of the sweeping crescents and houses clinging to the hill, constructed with that famous creamy Bath stone. Here is a glimpse through the window, over the cricket ground.
I was really happy to see this…
I think this is the Westbury white horse, though do correct me if I am wrong. I have happy memories of seeing the Kilburn white horse when I was little, so I do like spotting these additions to the landscape.
Today was a gloriously sunny Glasgow day… headed to the Botanic gardens for a good wander as this is a beautiful place in the sun. The tropical heat of the glasshouses is welcome at any time, but on a sunny day it is actually like being abroad!
I was amused to see the large pile of craft which greeted me.. the whole of Kibble Palace was adorned with all things knitted and sewn.
There was such a lot of work in this that I feel it should stay for a long time, I am not sure how long is resides at Kibble Palace. I learnt later that this was part of National Voluntary Arts Week where people put many works in public spaces. The birds looked quite at home. I liked this watering can as well, and a few other pieces shown below:
The actual flowers at the Botanics are wonderful, they look almost like art in themselves, especially in the dramatic setting of Kibble Palace with its huge domed roof:
This is a famous “Glasgow picture” but I let the little fern get in on the action. Kibble Palace is quite different from the People’s Palace and winter gardens, as it is more of a “regional show” of plants, from different areas of the world. There are similarities between the style of display seen in Duthie Park in Aberdeen, as there are also smaller (slightly less grand in appearance, but rich in content) glasshouses with different temperatures and plant life according to these climates. I was admiring the colours and playing with the settings on my camera, so I thought I would share these as well.