Today proved very rewarding.

Weather: Daytime temperature rose to about 4 degrees C with no precipitation.

Scotland Tours: Received confirmation of an ancestry tour in June. Had to decline a Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour due to prior commitment.

Scotland Genealogy: Posted information on McGavin to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog.

Day Tour: Today, I availed of a little jaunt out to Lake of Menteith, about 1 hour from Glasgow in the Trossachs. Prime purpose was to view curling on the frozen lake, which is a once in 20/30 year event in turn due to the extreme cold weather we have experienced of late which froze the water to a thickness of 5-7 inches. Some folks walked over the ice to the Inchmahome Priory but I could not be tempted.

The curling authorities had hoped to hold a ‘bonspiel’ on the lake but, sadly, this has to be cancelled due to Health & Safety considerations. Bonspiel is an old Scots word meaning tournament between households but has been adopted by curlers as the name for a Grand Match.

Despite lack of official backing, a contingent of curlers did turn up and provided some interesting entertainment. This is the first time I had ever witnessed such an event. Also present was a detachment of local police ( for what purpose is not clear) and a large media detachment including the BBC with TV facilities.

Curling in process

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