Today’s activities can be partitioned into three sections:

Scotland Tour Arranging

Attended to detail of two tours, one medium size group and one small/private. One further (self-drive) tour to attend to later this evening

Glasgow Weather

We benefited from some relief in that temperatures in Glasgow lifted a little and our frozen pipes started to work again around midday. So far so good, but we are certainly not out of the woods yet.

Photo Activities

Nearby is a heritage property called Greenbank House attached to which is a renowned garden. which I visit from time to time.Today, there was scheduled to be a Winter Flower and Foliage Walk at the garden but, upon arrival, there was a notice cancelling the event due to the adverse weather conditions. However, I still managed to walk around the garden and take some photographs. Nearby there were some Highland Cattle and, in another field, sheep and horses, which also provided some photo opps.

Here are the sheep and horses availing of some hay. No doubt very welcome in the snowy conditions.


Highland Cow munching away on winter feed. These animals are very passive and docile which is just as well because their horns could do some damage.
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This is Greenbank House covered in a layer of snow. The building dates from the 18th century and was built from wealth generated from tobacco and slave trading.

The following images and video all relate to the walled garden at Greenbank. have to admit there was little evidence of flowers and foliage so maybe it was just as well the walk was cancelled.

This is “Foam”, a female water nymph.

The following two pics cover just a part of the thirty different enclosures at Greenbank.


This water pump is obviously frozen as there is normally a stream of water flowing from the spout.

Here is a video of the garden in winter. Not overly exciting but no doubt there is activity under the blanket of snow. The garden contains 100 varieties of Bergenias and 350 types of daffodil plus phlox and much more. Its fascinating to watch the progress of this garden over its annual cycle. Next scheduled event is Feb 13th- seed sowing and propagating.

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