Saturday, January 29, 2011

Burns Supper!

On Thursday we had a Burns Supper at the church. It was a huge success!
Sister Nield and Rachel preparing the meal.
"And over here we have an enormous pot of potatoes."
making a second pudding at the church.
My first attempt at a boiled pudding: Cloutie Dumpling (a traditional pud usually made at Hogmanay)

The Cloutie Dumpling. The bishop of the Glasgow ward was in the building and was passing and said, "Who taught you how to make Cloutie Dumpling?!" I was THRILLED when he said that, because I've never seen a Cloutie Dumpling in my life, so I felt as though I'd been successful.

The delicious haggis, waiting to be addressed and cut into.

William, addressing the haggis in a stirring and beautiful manner.

Everyone listening, and thinking about the wonderful meal of haggis, neaps & tatties to come!

Kilmartin Standing Stone

This is nothing to write home about, but I thought I'd put this up. I did a little watercolor of a standing stone I saw in my fieldtrip at Kilmartin. It's not completely horrible either, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Farewell Party

On the 13th there was also a farewell party for Denise and Chelsea who were only here for a semester. It was a lovely party, but sad to say good-bye.
back row, l to r: Karen, me, Chelsea, Rachel, Jennifer, Sis. Nield, Winnie, Denise, Heather.
front row, l to r: Ryo, Kun Yang, John, Bro. Nield, Elder Duncan, Elder Lee

Denise and myself.

St Mungo Feast Day

The 13th of January was St Mungo's feast day. I tried to make it to the St Mungo museum (to get a Mungo cupcake!) but I got there about 10 minutes before they were supposed to close and they were locked up tight! But I wandered around the cathedral grounds a bit, which was nice.

The next day Rachel & I met up and saw a little exhibit about Medieval Glasgow which was very nice.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


On Friday Winnie and I went to Braehead (Western Glasgow) to this big place (called Xscape) with shopping, restaurants, bowling, indoor skiing, a cinema, etc. We had lunch first then went bowling, then went to see the movie THE KING'S SPEECH. It was an excellent film and we had a great day.

New Decor

January 6th was Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, the last day of Christmas. I was very sad to take down all my Christmas decorations and take down my tree. But I did have some new prints, cards, and calendars to put up. Here they are:

Monday, January 10, 2011

Scotland Street School

After visiting Bridge Street, I went to the Scotland Street School which was designed by Mackintosh.
One of the stairwells.

Inside the cookery classroom.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Tracking Down Ancestors

Heather discovered that our ancestors the McMurrins lived in Glasgow. Sarah McMurrin, who ran away from her husband to join the saints in Utah, was born in Glasgow, and her father died in Glasgow in the 1840's.
This is an empty lot around where they lived in 1840 - 57 Bridge Street. I took a picture of the adjoining buildings, just to get an idea of the look of the area. 

Willow Tea Rooms

On mothers last full day we went into the city centre again and ate lunch at the Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms on Buchanan Street. The service wasn't the best (neither was the food - except the lovely hot milk with honey and nutmeg) but the atmosphere was lovely.

I love the tall black chairs.

A bit more of the Kelvingrove

Just a few more odds and ends, one of which was our lovely lunch in the Kelvingrove cafe - and the delicious dessert we had:
meringues with cream and berries and a raspberry sauce. 
Also, mother and I were amazed to find that the print that has graced our halls from time immemorial has it's original in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery!
my favorite portrait in the gallery, of a 15 year old girl.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

A statue of St Mungo above the doors to the museum.

Mother and I walked to the museum along the beautiful tree lined Kelvin Way. There were so many wonderful things we saw! Some of which I had seen before, but some I had not. We also had a scrumptious lunch in the museum cafe. We spent the whole day in the museum, it was quite glorious!
This sculpture is entitled Wives of Fishermen, from 1914.
This is a bust of Thenew, mother of St Kentigern, 1915. St Kentigern is St Mungo's real name. Mungo is more like a nick-name (but I prefer Mungo to Kentigern).

We happened upon a collection of 18th Century dresses - all of them glorious!

An embroidered pocket.

An embroidered stomacher.