Original plans fell through and I found myself with a stay-at-home week off work.  A sunshiny week to boot!  After getting the garden shipshape I had time for a couple of excursions.  I wasn’t sure if there were going to be any literary links at my destinations but that’s what adventure is all about.

Now I do a lot of talking about Edinburgh on this blog which is unfair on the West of Scotland.  So this spring I’m going to  balance the  – er – books a little. 


Today let’s go through the gates of  Pollok House in Glasgow.  (And don’t forget to admire the colour of that sky for such days are rare here.)

Built in 1752, this fine Georgian mansion houses a fine collection of Spanish paintings including El Greco and Goya.  There are also some original Blakes. I made a beeline into the Blake room in the hope of reading something from Tales of Innocence and Experience in the company of a matching illustration. It was not to be.  However, there was a literary link as the large picture in the centre depicts the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury tales.

I love this room and could sit reading on this sofa for hours.

But I could live in this library …..

Oh, I want one of these so badly.  So airy and spacious.  Hard to believe, it’s home to 7000 books.  


Normal book reviewing service will be resumed shortly – the sun has disappeared and the rain has returned.  According to the weather forecast, we may see the sun again some time next week, giving me plenty of time to catch up blogwise during what is set to be a very soggy weekend.