Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day One, 16 April, 2013

I'm back in Scotland for the sixth, "Threads, Ruins, and Tunes" tour.  This year I'll focus on showing you pictures of the travelers in each day's venues.  I've written loads of information about the venues we visit in past years' blogs.  So if see a place you are keen to find more about, browse back through this blog to 2012 or 2011. 

This year ten travelers from Canada and the United States have joined me from Ontario, California, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Iowa, and Washington. We start and end our journey in Glasgow.

Travelers smiling and eager to start the day

We tour House for An Art Lover as an introduction to designer Charles Renne MacKintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. The house was designed for a competition in the early 1900's. It was not built until the 1990's. It showcases the forward thinking design sense of the couple.
MacKintosh rose design

Jennifer sitting in a MacKintosh chair.
Pollok Park is a green oasis in Glasgow city limits. We get a first glimse of hairy coos and a tour of the tapestries and embroideries on display at the Burrell Collection. 
Hairy coo, the Highland Scottish cattle breed
Dina, our excellent guide explains how the tapestries in the collection were made and how to interpret the imagery. Jane, Marilyn, and Dot look on.

Spring in Scotland is about 3 weeks behind normal. But these spectacular primroses in the formal gardens at Pollok House are at their best