A Very Musical Chair

This Very Musical Chair was, and probably still is, in the oldest surviving Music Hall IN THE WORLD.


A Very Musical Chair Panopticon Glasgow
A Very Musical Chair ©HelenBushe


I discovered  Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon Music Hall a couple of years before I left Glasgow. It is being painstakingly restored by enthusiasts who also put on regular Saturday afternoon shows in true Music Hall tradition to raise funds. They provide a unique entertainment experience.


Panopticon Poster Britannia Music Hall Glasgow
Panopticon Poster ©HelenBushe

The history of the Panopticon makes fascinating reading. If you have 5 minutes to spare then I would recommend clicking on this link.

But if you are very,very busy, then here’s a short extract:

…..This was an audience that had for generations cut its teeth on the barbarous practice of public punishments and executions, which in Glasgow had been the only form of legitimate entertainment from the 1550s to the 1750s. Consequently the Glasgow audience evolved over the generations into a merciless mob who literally left no turn un-stoned. In Britannia Music Hall the turns (acts) could find themselves pelted with
shipyard rivets, nails, rancid turnips and horse manure, whilst urine might rain down on them from the balcony. However, if the turn appealed to the Britannia’s audience, they would be rewarded with thunderous applause and foot-stamping instead. –Panopticon Website

Fortunately all the acts nowadays are well received!


I had permission to take photographs on my last visit there a couple of years ago. Here’s a taster of what the show is like:



5991554604_8648730cf8_b “The Mistress of Ceremonies” ©HelenBushe


“Comic Roustabouts – The McTweed Brothers” ©HelenBushe


“The Mistress of Melody” ©HelenBushe

Thanks again to Cee for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge: Musical Chairs


The Dragon’s Rooftop

The Dragon’s Rooftop is unique…and amazing …and mythical…and beautiful…..and FUN…so what could be better for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week on the topic of ROOFS .

Back to Barcelona today (only on my laptop, not in person unfortunately) for some pictures from our visit to Casa Batllo.

The house was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and built between 1904 and 1906.  To describe it as a “house” doesn’t do it justice, although it was at one time a family home. It is more usually described as “an architectural masterpiece” or “more than just a building. more of a modern artistic myth“.

To start on the ground floor and take your time (along with all the other tourists) making your way up to the top floor and onto the roof  is a magical experience. I have loads more photographs for another blog or two showing the interior, but for now here’s some of the Roof Terrace with its mythical Chimneys (girded by the backbone of the famous dragon, slain by Saint Jordi (St. George)


Casa Batllo Gaudi barcelona
Casa Batllo ©HelenBushe


Dragon Rooftop Barcelona Gaudi
The Dragon’s Rooftop ©HelenBushe       


Dragon's Spine Gaudi Casa Batllo Barcelona
The Dragon’s Spine ©HelenBushe


Up on the Roof Casa Batllo Barcelona
Up on the Roof ©HelenBushe


Chimney Pots Gaudi casa batllo Barcelona
Chimney Pots ©HelenBushe    


And just to prove that I had the full tourist experience, here I am complete with headphones for translated commentary:

Me as a Tourist
In Full Tourist Mode ©SHW


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Which way to High Dam?

Which way to High Dam from the village of Finsthwaite? This map on a notice board at the start of the walk helped:

High Dam Walk Map
High Dam Walk Map ©Ordnance Survey Maps

High Dam is a picturesque tarn near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. It is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather. – Walk Lakes website

The 19th century Bobbin Mill was well worth a visit. I’d never considered the provenance all the wooden bobbins used in the once-thriving spinning and weaving industry in Lancashire and Yorkshire……but that’s for another post…….

…….for now it’s onwards and upwards with our walk to High Dam.

These pictures are in approximately the right order and were all taken on the way up. When we got to the furthest-most point of our circular walk at the top of the little hill we had a well-earned rest, whilst basking in autumn sunshine. Then the sky clouded over so I put away the iPhone and just used my eyes to enjoy the scenery on the way back.


Dry Stone Walls
Dry Stone Walls ©HelenBushe


Boardwalk ©HelenBushe


Still water
Still Waters ©HelenBushe


Narrow Bridge
Narrow Bridge ©HelenBushe


Reflections ©HelenBushe


A New Bridge
A New Bridge ©HelenBushe



Our Path
Our Path ©HelenBushe


Autumn Sunshine
Enjoying Autumn Sunshine ©SHW


The View from the Top
The View from the Top ©HelenBushe  


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Dusk at Armathwaite Hall

This week’s OddBall picture for Cee’s Challenge was taken on our visit this week to Bassenthwaite in the Lake District.

We stayed at Armathwaite Hall Hotel on Lake Bassenthwaite. The hotel grounds stretched right down to the lakeside.

These trees reminded me of Tweedledum and Tweedledee from Lewis Caroll’s “Through the Looking Glass“:


Dusk at Armathwaite Hall Lake District Bassenthwaite
Dusk at Armathwaite Hall ©HelenBushe



Local: Our Village Landmarks

I had no problems coming up with pictures  for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Local.

All I needed to do was make sure I had my iPhone with me yesterday when I walked along  to the post office to post a letter.

Here are a few shots from my short stroll.


We have one shop in our little village. Whilst it doesn’t look very big from the outside, it’s like Doctor Who’s Tardis inside. Or Aladdin’s Cave. There’s not much they don’t stock:

The Smithy Post Office local village
The Smithy Post Office ©HelenBushe


Our local pub used to be a windmill. Not that you couldn’t have worked that out for yourselves:

Our Village Pub local Windmill tavern
The Windmill Tavern ©HelenBushe


We have a church which serves three villages:

St John the Evangelist local church village
St John the Evangelist ©HelenBushe


Lots of walls are made from Lancashire Brick which was famous in its heyday:

Secret Garden Gate village local
Secret Garden Gate ©HelenBushe


If anyone reading this post would like to live here, this house across the road from the Post Office is for sale:

Cottage for Sale local village
Cottage for Sale ©HelenBushe


As someone who was born in Glasgow and lived most of my life in the former industrial belt of Central Scotland, I am charmed by village life.

The milk still comes in bottles and is delivered every morning by a milkman, which is something I never thought I’d see again.

Local canal towpaths are there for walking and nature watching. I have become much more aware of the changing seasons since moving here. Like hearing flocks of migrating geese …. Honk Honk Honk…… or seeing the first lambs in early spring…..Gambol Gambol Baaaaa………

And whenever we tire of all this rural beauty, the motorway is only 10 minutes away, and the nearby train station means that Manchester, Liverpool, and even London are all within striking distance for a day trip (and of course and best of all…..Glasgow!)

Aye, you can take the girl out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the girl!


Vibrant Colours for Every Season

Vibrant colours can be found throughout the year.

My first picture was taken in Spring on a local beach:

Yoghurt Pots in a Rowing Boat Lytham
Yoghurt Pots in a Rowing Boat ©HelenBushe


I took my second picture on a summer holiday in Suffolk a few years ago:

A Beach-Hut Window vibrant colour
A Shuttered Beach-Hut Window ©HelenBushe


My third picture shows the wonderful colours of autumn just beginning to show themselves now:

Colours of Autumn
Colours of Autumn ©HelenBushe


And as sure as winter follows autumn, it has its own delights although vibrant colours aren’t so easy to capture.

I loved these colours when I looked up at the sky at dusk in Glasgow city centre in mid- December.

Forever 21 Glasgow Skyline vibrant color
Forever 21 ©HelenBushe


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My post for Cee’s B&W Challenge this week: Rocks

This first picture was taken on holiday in the Scottish Highlands a few years ago.


Highland Cairn B&W Scotland
Highland Cairn ©HelenBushe

My second picture shows the deserted promenade of a local seaside resort last winter.

Pebbles on the Promenade Blackpool
Pebbles on the Promenade ©HelenBushe

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