My sister-in-law agrees with me that when the stress builds, a walk in amongst nature soothes your soul. She has three boys under five, so I’m glad for her sanity that she lives on the beautiful island of Arran. Until we can get over to visit, the leafy Glasgow parks are doing a great job of lowering my blood pressure. This morning, with Rod unexpectedly working all day, I took the wee man and I off to Pollok Park for a wander in the woodlands. Autumn has been stunning this year, I’ve been Instagramming my socks off (follow me at kimmca), but today I took my proper camera and reveled in shooting all the wonderful warm colours as the trees prepare for winter. The wee man pointed and shouted and watched entranced as I shook leaves down over the buggy. We are definitely feeling reinvigorated.
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Our discussion about whether under-2s deserve Christmas presents prompted my friend Cat to write another great column in The Herald.
You should read it!
At the front - or is it the back - of the museum?
It rains a lot in Glasgow. Luckily there are lots of large indoor spaces where I can push the pram, get him to sleep and enjoy myself too. I’ve been going to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery since I was a tot myself and, in the words of my American friend, “it’s one of the most random museums ever”! From Monet to taxidermy, it has such a varied collection that you can’t not find something to interest you. There is also a debate about whether it was built back to front – the main door faces Glasgow University rather than the road. It’s incredibly child-friendly, with lots of interactivity and great accessibility. One of the most famous exhibits in Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross, just back from an art tour in Atlanta. Here are some of our highlights:
The Egyptian Room - a stone sarcophagus
Monet's "Landscape at Vetheuil"
A "nursing corset" - yes, they used to make even pregnant women look like they had tiny waists!
Stained glass inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Mum and Dad have something similar in their front door
I had never noticed this before, but it made me smile!