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Williamwood Pipe Band

This evening, my theme is the Williamwood Pipe Band which I encountered this morning whilst visiting Glasgow Green, an historic part of Glasgow. The band were performing for a photo shoot which allowed me to obtain some reasonable images and video clips.

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This evening, I am reverting to my garden theme with images of a variety of Spring colours and blooms from Greenbank Garden, south oif Glasgow.

Caluna Vulgaris

Spring at Greenbank

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This evening, my blog theme is Scottish lawn bowls. This is a very popular game, particularly with the more ‘mature’ section of the community.There are hundreds of bowls clubs in communities all around Scotland.

The game dates back to at least the 16th century and became increasingly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries with the first bowling club formed in 1709. The rules were codified in 1864 subsequent to which the Scottish Bowling Association was established in 1892 followed by the first National Championship in 1892.

The game is played on a square grass bowling green divided into 6 rinks. Bowls can be any colour and weight is maximum 1.50kg.

Participants can play as singles or in teams. Aim of the game is to get the bowls closest to the jack.

Elsewhere today:

  • Have been finalising an extensive self-drive tour during May/June of England, Scotland and Ireland with a few formalities yet to complete.
  • Submitted an outline itinerary for another self-drive tour of Scotland for later in the year.
  • Responded to a couple of new tour enquiries.
  • Posted information to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog on Morgan family history.

Weather in Glasgow was wet and overcast.