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This morning, Glasgow continued as a relative oasis of benign weather. North of Scotland and Southern England continued to suffer with heavy snow leading to severe transport disruption and thousands of closed schools. With clear skies and sunshine I visited the House for Art Lover at Dumbreck Park. The video clips below reveal the wintry conditions albeit with a spark of colour from emerging polyanthus blooms.

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This morning, I visited Crookston Castle located near the city of Glasgow and which qualifies as the second oldest building in Glasgow, dating to the 15th century. Originally, the site was first occupied by a, mainly wooden, castle built by Robert de Croc in the late 12th century. Subsequently, the Stewarts of Darnley built a massive stone tower in the 15th century to replace the earlier timber built castle. The stonework is of very high standard.The castle was attacked and partially destroyed by James IV in 1489 and then subject to a siege in 1544 .Later in the 16th century it was finally abandoned.

The castle is located off Brockburn Road and is deserving of a visit.

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This evening I am presenting some video clips of my visit this morning to Paisley Abbey, near Glasgow.

Paisley Abbey was founded in 1163, initially as a Priory, but became an abbey answerable to Rome in 1245 and was dedicated to St.Mary, St. James, St. Mirin and St. Milburga. It is believed that William Wallace (‘Braveheart’) was educated at the Abbey. The building has had a chequered history:

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