Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday and not a chocolate egg in sight, but I did have a great day outdoors in the West End of Glasgow. We turned up late to a charity bike rally, so late in fact there were no more than six bikes left. This was followed by lunch at The Loft, which reminded me of the underwater world, Rapture, in Bioshock (that’s the gamer geek coming out in me).

There was a street market happening in Ashton Lane offering cupcakes, vintage clothes and the like. I do love Ashton Lane with its cobbled street and cool bars, good restaurants etc. It has a great vibe. This was the Ashton Lane Street Market in its first week, so I hope to see it pick up steam and perhaps come back for better photos.

 
 

Early Summer Nights

These warm evenings are making me feel summery, even if it is only April. I can’t wait to get some garden furniture for my terrace and enjoy a few ice cold ciders out there. Last night, however, my friend Gary and I enjoyed dinner and Diet Cokes at Nando’s. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a Nando’s, but a Nando’s at golden hour = perfection.

 
 

Girl With A Camera Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of my new blog, I wanted to give one lucky visitor a chance to win an A2 poster print of one of my pictures. Choosing which picture was tricky, but I decided to go with a recent shot of Glasgow’s Clyde at night. This shot has the BBC building, SECC’s Armadillo, Crowne Plaza hotel and Clydeport crane in it, with lovely reflections on the River Clyde that will look fantastic framed. Awww.

To be in with a chance to win, just tweet “Girl With A Camera is giving away an original print. I’m in, are you? http://girlwithacamera.co.uk/giveaway #gwac”. A winner will be chosen at random when the competition closes, which is Friday the 29th of April 2011, because it’s not all about the Royal Wedding.

 
 

Dog in a bag

I was walking my dog along Finnieston Street when two women enjoying a glass of wine made a fuss over her. This doesn’t generally happen to Indie. As cute as she is, she’s a mongrel and doesn’t garner much attention (especially in comparison to my sister’s pug). Anyway, it took me a while before I clocked this woman’s three month old puppy, Wilson… in a bag.

 
 

Glasgow Street Scenes

Today I met a friend for coffee (I always feel like it’s a ‘Dear Diary’ entry when I start off with “Today I…”). Since the sun was out we decided to get a take-away and head to George Square instead of sitting in our usual haunt. It was pretty busy with tourists and people on their lunch, so I tried my hand at capturing some of what happens in Glasgow on a Sunny, weekday lunch break.

 
 

The Aviator

It’s just a guy skating around in an aviation hat, that’s all.

 
 

Sunday in the West End

Today was one of those perfect Sundays; beautiful weather and an impromptu meet-up with a friend at Kelvingrove park. It’s strange, but walking a mere 15 minutes from my house makes me feel like I’m completely outwith Glasgow. Or at the very least it makes Glasgow feel less like a city. The real estate is completely different to the area I live in, I just found it all really charming.

 
 

Glasgow’s Clyde

Despite suffering from a head cold (or something), I dragged my camera and dog out in the rain to get just one shot. I had been wanting to shoot this for a while, and with it being on my doorstep I’ve had no reason not to. Plenty more Glasgow landmark shots to come, fo sho.

 
 

It’s Gary O’Hagan

Gary came and visited me in my new pad. He plays for Red Hot Chilli Pipers. They tour all over the world, so if they’re near you then check them out.

 
 

More Sushi

I still consider myself a relative newcomer to sushi. Despite trying it for the first time in ’09, I was subjected solely to supermarket sushi due to Inverclyde’s lack of oriental restaurants. Now I’m living in Glasgow I have quite a lot of Japanese eateries at my disposal. Today Emma took me to OKO Express, an intimate canteen-style restaurant on Queen Street, Glasgow.

The sushi was real good, but I’ve had better noodles elsewhere.

 
 
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