Last weekend, my friend Jo and three of our offspring went to the opening of the new Stockingfield Bridge on the Forth & Clyde Canal. This suspension bridge connects three local communities, Ruchhill, Gilshochill and Maryhill. You can see on the photos I pinched from Scottish Canals that it was not possible to cross from one canal path to the other at this crossing point and that it was not easy to go from one neighbourhood to the next. Before the bridge, it was necessary to leave the paths, cross roads, use a dark and narrow road tunnel and climb back up again. Much safer now and no stairs to navigate while carrying a bike.
|Photo credit - Scottish Canals|
|Photo credit - Scottish Canals|
The opening was in the evening, starting at dusk. I had wondered earlier why so many paddle boarders were getting ready to go on the canal but didn't connect the opening event with it. We joined a large group of people carrying lanterns and torches and fairy light chains. The paddle boarders and canoeists were also lit up with lots of lights, a floating lantern parade (the photo above only shows a small fraction of the flotilla).
As it was dark, I didn't quite appreciate the vast structure of the bridge but it was amazing to see it and viewing platform all lit up with all colours of the rainbow. I wondered if these lights are a normal feature in the dark night of winter, or if they were installed for the opening ceremony. I'll have to cycle out there in the dark one of these days to find out. There is also a large long mound with swirling spiral lights. Again, I am not sure what this was in the dark but it looked like an artificial structure, made maybe with some of the material dug up for foundations. This is going to be covered in mosaics made in the communities over the next few months. It will look fabulous. If I find time, I will definitely go to one of the events making mosaics for it.
It is so good that there has been major works in the city to connect communities and to make the city a more connected place. There is another project down by the Clyde, where a pedestrian bridge is being constructed to connect the local communities on each side of the river. This will be fabulous because just now, crossing is easiest by car and going from one neighbourhood to another can involve quite some travel even though there is just a river between them.
Glasgow is such a vibrant place and these major works are a fantastic way to bring people together.
In other news, I have managed to run two three day practical microscopy labs for my class of >100 students. It went well, I had an amazing team of research team leaders and PhD students who helped me with this. The worst was the cold. The teaching lab is in an old building, has very high ceilings and a heating system for a room a tenth of the size. When not in the lab, I had to assess students from two other courses for their oral presentations. Most were really excellent, a few not so much. Many hours of listening and taking notes but we are done now. Just a dissertation presentation left to do, then write a pile of feedback and then - finally - it is time to sign off for Christmas. I can't wait. This term has been so tiring, not helped by an ageing body fighting off colds and ear infections for the past 4 weeks.
Today I am charging up my two brand new solar fairy light chains. They have a rechargeable battery backup because it is dark here in winter. Once charged, they will brighten up the apple and pear tree in our front garden. Not much else planned other than a bit of knitting and tidying. Richard and I are looking forward to a cello concerto this evening in the Royal Concert Hall. It is our wedding anniversary tomorrow and we wanted to mark this with something special. All good here!
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Wow, what great pictures, and hopefully the new bridge will make it easier for all.ReplyDelete
What great photos - and I loved hearing about the bridge. Have a wonderful concert. Getting out and enjoying music and art and theatre is such a treat nowadays. I feel I don’t do it enough. I hope your night out was wonderful.ReplyDelete
Happy wedding anniversary, and thank you for the lights over Scotland !ReplyDelete
What a lovely event, and great to have the new bridge. I was looking at a new canal bridge the other day where they had drained 250m of canal to build. It was quite a feat, moving the fish etc. It had to be done as it was a railway bridge and frequently used. Glad work is in hand, although you still have lots to do by the sound of it. I'm busy as well, but ploughing through it nicely. Hope you enjoy the concert and have a lovely wedding anniversary. CJ xxReplyDelete
Hope you both enjoyed the cello concert Christina and congratulations on your wedding anniversary.ReplyDelete
Stunning pictures of the opening of the new bridge and hopefully it will make things easier for local communities to get around..
I love the paddle boarders. It looks beautiful there. I have been wanting to buy some of those solar lights for my cottage. They sound ideal.ReplyDelete
Christina, Happy 🥂anniversary to you and Richard and hope the concert was an enjoyable event as it seemed a nice way to celebrate your event. The bridge lights were lovely to see and the fairy lights should be as well in your yard.ReplyDelete
Happy Christmas Christina! I love the canal photos and it is so good see such a community-useful project up and finished. Sending you love and festive happiness. Jo xReplyDelete