While there are lots of place to wander around and sight see in Glasgow (Buchanan Street for shopping, the Royal Exchange Square where the statue of the Duke of Wellington somehow always has a street traffic cone on his head, George Square which is the principal civic square and is named after King George III, the Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club where we met Anna’s friends then went for drinks at West nearby, and the People’s Palace and Winter Garden which boasts the World’s largest terra-cotta fountain out back!) perhaps my favorite was the Necropolis…
I’ve always enjoyed a good cemetery, and this one was not disappointing! It literally went on forever!! One could seriously spend the entire day trying to see all the tombs and plots!! I’m just kicking myself for not having brought my camera though!! While not every tombstone was hugely impressive, there was one of a person who was obviously involved in theater that still sticks in my mind… His tombstone was so well decorated and huge!! It literally looked like you were in the audience of a theater ready to watch a show! The curtains were drawn, you could see the side balcony areas where the seats for the wealthy were located. There were the classic faces of comedy and tragedy adorning the top, and a lovely and lively poem written across the curtain… Like I said, it was really impressive because even though I didn’t have my camera, I still remember those details today!
I was joined at the Necropolis by two of Anna’s friends, Davie and Markie. Anna had to work that day so she gave me her phone and I ended up making plans with Markie to meet in town and go to the Necropolis. Davie just happened to be joining, but it was just as well because though he has lived in Glasgow for a long while (he may actually have been born there) and he had been to the very lovely church nearby the Necropolis, he had never actually been to the Necropolis!! Funny how we never take advantage of our surroundings where we live… It’s the same with me too though, I’m not any better for when I was living in Costa Rica, even though I was literally across the street from the beach, I actually went to the beach maybe a dozen times a month!! Terrible, I know! But you all know what I’m talking about!!
Anyway, the rest of that particular day was spent wandering around Glasgow on foot. We ended up walking past Davie’s house so he was dropped off there and Markie and I continued our tour. We came across a little park where there was an older gentlemen and three blue heelers (aka Australian cattle dogs). It was obviously a training session and it was by far one of the coolest things I’ve seen!! You could tell immediately which of the three dogs was the most experienced and which was the least… They were all in a large field, the older man standing on one end, the three dogs laying side by side down a way from the old man. Suddenly the man would shout out a command and a name and one of the dogs would shoot up on all fours, race around in a large circle, then come to a resting crouch in front of the man. The same command was called with another of the dog’s name and off he/she went! Finally the last would be called (the least experienced) and often times during his/her turn the command would have to be called several times or she would have to do it again, lol!! It was just so amazing!! With no leashes, lines, treats, gimmicks, etc, these three dogs were at absolute attention and focus! It was obvious they enjoyed their tasks and I believe that the more experienced dogs were really the ones helping to train the less experienced dog! It was just such a treat for me to watch these dogs in action! I was in complete awe!!! Needless to say those dogs and their training session were gaining quite the audience from people walking by!!
On to Loch Lomond (Conic Hill)