June/July: My Blog Diary

Summer? Well the heat wave passed us by in Scotland. We did have some lovely warm days but too few and far between, but the holiday feeling is there. As you can see, I’ve not updated my blog for two months!

JUNE: Milngavie Week 4-11th with adjudication of a Flash Fiction competition for young writers 11-16 age. There were lots of events for all ages as the village was transformed for the whole week. https://info652106.wixsite.com/milngavieweek

JUNE 7th -I had an author event with local writer Myra Duffy at Milngavie Library. The raffle raised a good sum for Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/author-event-partnership-in-crime-tickets-353762672677

JUNE 16th- Lapidus Scotland had a zoom launch of their beautiful postcards.

JUNE 17th- I met my cousin from San Diego as her two kids were playing at the Royal Concert Hall, two young talented musicians on the flute and saxophone. It was lovely to catch up with extended family and meeting the two kids I’d not met before.

June 20TH : AGM of EDAC at Kilmardinney House, Bearsden

July 1st- I was meeting friends for coffee but it was cut short with me wanting to attend an al-fresco and wonderful Scottish Opera’s pop up Opera of the Barber of Seville. It was a cloudy afternoon but the rain kept off after a few drizzles at the start. This is Scottish summer after all.

https://www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/pop-up-opera-2022/

July 13TH: We had an exciting visit to St Andrews on the eve of the 150th Golf Open. I read my poem at the book launch of Golf Memories, which raised a big amount for the people suffering dementia but helped by the charity who took these golf players to the links to revive their memories and enhance their lives. And the next morning we were thrilled to see the actual 150th Golf Open at the West Sands. I’ve visited St Andrews only twice before but it is a spectacular city and I urge you to go there not just for the connections with Prince William and Kate, the filming of ‘Chariots of Fire, or the old University but there are so many sights worth seeing and it is by the sea, a perfect holiday spot.

July 19th: A zoom event at the Glasgow Women’s Library celebrating South Asian Heritage Month with a wonderful artist who demonstrated Madhubani painting, an ancient intricate and colourful art that are still handed down from generation to generation.

July 27th: I should have attended a social evening with the local SOA group but a cold on the top of my chronic hay fever put paid to that.

That’s the summer nearly over but we have the big Writing Festival of Bearsden Writers on August 20th to look forward to and I have an author event at Gavin’s Mill on August 23rd, along with another author friend.

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