Glasgow Gallivanting: February 2017

 The Citizen’s Theatre

Citizen's Theatre

After Celtic Connections finished I had withdrawal symptoms and got on the internet straightaway to book tickets for something else to go to! As a result, we had a lovely evening at “The Citz” which first opened as a theatre in 1878 when it was known as the Royal Princess’s Theatre. The Citizens company was founded in 1943, and moved to this site in 1945. Since then it has been extended, as you can see in the photograph above, but the foyer retains reminders of the old days with a stained glass window from the Royal Princess and a collection of statues which used to adorn the façade.

The play we saw was Cuttin’ a Rug by John Byrne, set at the staff dance of a 1950s carpet factory – hence the punning title (to cut a rug is to dance really well). It was funny and had a great 50s soundtrack.

Of course, going to the theatre requires a pre-theatre meal and that, added to various dinners and lunches with friends, means that February has been almost as unkind to the waistline as January. Did we get a chance to walk it off? Not really…


Clyde view from Finlaystone
Clyde view from Finlaystone

A combination of weather, socialising, both being struck down by horrible colds, and John having a trip to China meant we only had time for one country excursion. We went to Finlaystone Estate, about half an hour down the Clyde from home. The view from the highest point of the forest walk was magnificent – but you would never know from the photo above that both the busy A8 and the railway run between the estate and the river, so you never quite get away from the noise of traffic. However, the snowdrops were blooming and John got to play on the children’s boat when no-one was looking. Some people never grow up!

Woman on the Shelf

Woman on the Shelf
Woman on the Shelf

I’ve written before about my connection with Glasgow Women’s Library where I’ve been volunteering since I retired over four years ago. As a charity, it has a constant need to raise money and one way is the Women on the Shelf scheme. A single book, a shelf, or a whole section can be sponsored in honour of your chosen woman. I’m so grateful to my lovely Mum who sponsored a shelf in my name because she wanted to support the organisation where I am so happy working. Sponsored shelves are marked with a wooden block and I was excited to find mine had been delivered last week with the latest batch.

The inscription says –

To my book-worm daughter Anabel, a dedicated librarian who loves libraries and has found a niche in GWL

Thanks Mum!

I’ll be taking Mum into the library to see the block in place very soon, so watch this space.

The last bit

Last month, I introduced you to the word bawbag. Not long afterwards, #presidentbawbag trended on Twitter – nothing to do with me of course, but thanks to West Wing actor Richard Schiff. He’s just a tad more influential than I am, but I hope you were suitably grateful that I had given you advance warning of what it meant 😉

I thought I’d offer you another Scottish word this month, wabbit – partly because I’ve been feeling a bit wabbit myself, but also because it too has turned up in the news. Scientists at Edinburgh University have produced a paper arguing that people who claim to be feeling tired all the time might be doing so because of their genes. It’s probably the only scientific paper ever published to start with a definition of wabbit:

The Scots word wabbit encompasses both peripheral fatigue, the muscle weakness after a long walk, and central fatigue, the reduced ability to initiate and/or sustain mental and physical activity, such as we might experience while having flu.

So there you have it! I hope none of you are feeling wabbit, but if you are you have a new word to describe it.

How has your February been?


63 thoughts on “Glasgow Gallivanting: February 2017

  1. Eunice February 28, 2017 / 10:53

    Love the stained glass window in the theatre, it’s gorgeous.

    Brilliant idea to sponsor a shelf in the library, what a great way to raise money.

    Have to confess the only ‘wabbit’ I’ve ever heard of is that cartoon character who couldn’t pronounce the letter ‘r’ properly. You learn something every day 🙂

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  2. Jemima Pett February 28, 2017 / 11:00

    Great post. I’d never heard of wabbit before 🙂 I really must get out more – your walks look great.


    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 11:08

      This walk was lovely. Hopefully there will be more when the weather improves.

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  3. Hilary Melton-Butcher February 28, 2017 / 12:45

    Hi Annabel – well the main thing is – that February is done and dusted for this year – and we can all start feeling less ‘wabbit-like’! The play sounds great fun … while that walk looks delightful but deserves a good old fashioned afternoon tea afterwards that blends into early supper – no reason to leave the fireside …

    I do love the block – what a clever idea in the Library .. and a great way for your mother to support her book-loving daughter and her daughter to support the local library so well … wonderful gesture …

    Cheers and onto March after Pancake Day today … Hilary

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    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 12:51

      Thanks Hilary. Yes, looking forward to pancakes tonight – and spring soon after.


  4. Susan at FindingNYC February 28, 2017 / 13:21

    How special that you mother sponsored a shelf in your name at the library! I love gifts like that instead of just receiving stuff that has little meaning.

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    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 13:42

      It is special – and I’ll be able to look at it every week when I go in, which is great.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Suzanne et Pierre February 28, 2017 / 14:14

    Nice summary of your month. Nice way to raise money for the local library…(Suzanne)


    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 14:45

      Thank you Suzanne. I’m enjoying doing these summary posts – let’s see if I can keep it up for the whole year!


  6. ms6282 February 28, 2017 / 15:00

    Surely a wabbit is what Elmer Fudd used to call Bugs Bunny!

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  7. Liesbet February 28, 2017 / 15:22

    You have a wonderful mom, Anabel, to state the obvious. Mark is feeling a bit wabbit today, unfortunately. And, tomorrow is his birthday. I hope the “bit” doesn’t become worse. As I mentioned in the past, it is so nice to live in a place like Glasgow with lots of activity and events! At the moment, we are house sitting 10′ away from a vibrant and eclectic town with a theater, movie theater, wine and beer tasting rooms, lots of bars and restaurants, live music and concerts. It will be busy!


  8. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor February 28, 2017 / 17:30

    I can remember how the holiday festive feeling always seemed to linger well into February, including lots of nice meals out. I’m loving your introduction of Scottish words 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 18:09

      Oh good, I thought I might continue that feature. Plenty of scope!


  9. Su Leslie February 28, 2017 / 20:05

    Gosh, I’ve not heard “wabbit” since I was tiny. I think my gran’s the only one I ever heard use it. Sadly, it describes exactly how I’m feeling today 😦

    I love the Women on the Shelf scheme; anything that helps libraries is good, but this is a lovely way to acknowledge women who are/have been important to us as well.

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      • Su Leslie February 28, 2017 / 20:55

        Thanks Anabel. Summer cold I think. They never last long, and it’s an excuse to curl up with my book and “take it easy.” 🙂

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  10. anotherday2paradise February 28, 2017 / 20:36

    “Bawbag”… it, and I’m now following Richard on twitter. 🙂 I was feeling a tad wabbit after gym yesterday. Think I pulled a muscle. 😦 Your mum will be thrilled to see you up on the library shelf. What a great idea.


    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 21:26

      Hope the muscle eases! Will have to think of more topical Scottish words for next month.

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      • anotherday2paradise February 28, 2017 / 21:46

        Thanks, Annabel. It’s feeling better today,but I’ll skip the gym tomorrow. I look forward to more of your topical Scottish words. 😅

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  11. the eternal traveller February 28, 2017 / 20:56

    I love the idea of a sponsored shelf in the library. When I retire I hope to find a niche where I can volunteer my time too. This sounds like the perfect thing. How do you say the word “wabbit”? Is it like rabbit or hobbit?

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  12. Birgit February 28, 2017 / 21:38

    I love the pictures of those pretty flowers-looks magical and i am with John-I’d be right beside him:) As for Wabbit-I thought you were channeling Elmer Fudd at first:) I can relate to this word but, thankfully, I have not been ill, just tired. I am not sure where the first 2 months went but they are gone!


    • Anabel Marsh February 28, 2017 / 21:50

      There seem to be a lot of wabbit people in the comments. I hope I have not jinxed you all!


  13. February 28, 2017 / 23:51

    I love the “Women on the Shelf” idea – I hope you behave yourselves better than the Elves on a Shelf do! I’ve just started following a few Twitter-ers – it looks like I’ll have to add Mr. Schiff!


  14. Donna March 1, 2017 / 00:32

    ‘Women on the Shelf’ is such a brilliant idea! Kudos to your mom for providing such a heartfelt and lovely tribute to her daughter!

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  15. RuthsArc March 1, 2017 / 08:14

    GWL sounds like a wonderful idea and love the wooden cubes. I’m enjoying your Scottish words too, Anabel.

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  16. BeckyB March 1, 2017 / 10:09

    What a fabulous month you have had, and John looks very ‘Wellington’ on his ship, or is he recalling a Scottish captain such as Captain Kidd?!

    PS Think the shelf idea is brilliant

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  17. Lynne Rickards March 1, 2017 / 10:25

    Hi Anabel,
    We went to see Cuttin’ a Rug too, and I loved the black-and-white set. Great opening too, in the movie theatre. I found myself wishing we’d seen The Slab Boys first, though, to properly meet all the characters. Sadly missed that show’s revival two years ago. The Citizens is a great resource and we are so lucky to have all sorts of excellent theatre in Glasgow! I’ve already booked tickets to see Henry IV and the musical Chess at the Royal Conservatoire, where the calibre of talent is always impressive.


    • Anabel Marsh March 1, 2017 / 11:47

      Glad you enjoyed it too! We saw The Slab Boys but had more or less forgotten who people were anyway.


  18. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) March 1, 2017 / 12:00

    I think I’ve said this before, but the Glasgow Women’s Library seems like such an amazing place, and the block sounds like such a meaningful gift from your mum! I think the inscription is particularly lovely. Also, I think I might be a bit like John…I would have scrambled up on that boat too, and struck a pose as soon as no one was looking! Or probably even if they were, but then I’d be wearing a sheepish grin.


    • Anabel Marsh March 1, 2017 / 14:46

      Ha ha, I could just see you up on that boat! Probably dressed in a silly hat….

      And yes, GWL is amazing.

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  19. Ann Coleman March 1, 2017 / 19:44

    February has been very warm here, and we are getting blooms that usually don’t show up until the end of March. I just hope it doesn’t mean we’re going to get a hot, dry summer, but it probably does.


    • Anabel Marsh March 1, 2017 / 20:19

      I guess it’s all relative! Hot, dry summer sounds great from here…..


  20. Blue Sky Scotland March 3, 2017 / 00:57

    Last time I was in the Citz was to see Tam White and the Dexters (big band sound- blues- jazzy numbers) many moons ago but really enjoyed it. I buy loads of books from library book sales now for 20p each and only a few years old; most of them best sellers of some description. I don’t actually visit libraries for anything else now as it used to cost me much more in late fees to borrow them and forget to return some so it means I now keep the best ones I like to read again. Don’t know if it does much for the authors though as I think they changed the royalty payments duration in libraries for authors a few years back..


    • Anabel Marsh March 3, 2017 / 07:57

      Authors still get Public Lending Right payments from library borrowings (though not GWL which is a charity and not connected to the public library system). I’ve never been convinced that fines are an effective way to get people to bring books back – I always felt embarrassed charging them!


  21. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy March 3, 2017 / 20:48

    I’m not feeling wabbit right now – but I definitely know what it feels like. I will have to throw it into conversation at some point!

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  22. restlessjo March 3, 2017 / 22:19

    That’s a lovely view from Finlaystone, Anabel 🙂 Lots of snowdrops this year, though I haven’t had time to post many.


  23. rosemaylily2014 March 4, 2017 / 08:29

    Lovely photos Anabel though sorry to hear you both had horrible colds – hope you’re well and truly over them now! I love the idea of the “women on the shelf” – great way to raise some money for the library and a lovely thought from your mum. The word of the week is great “wabbit” – I will incorporate that into my repertoire!


    • Anabel Marsh March 4, 2017 / 08:51

      Thanks, we are both well now. I shall continue my mission to have people using Scottish words all over the world 😉

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  24. Dina March 6, 2017 / 16:17

    Hi Anabel,
    hope that you got rid off your colds, both of you.
    We love the idea to sponsor a shelf in the library, such a fun and great way to raise money.
    Looking forward to learning more Scottish words! We’re going on an extensive road trip to all remote places in Scotland this coming May -June and a few door opening words would be nice.


    • Anabel Marsh March 6, 2017 / 17:11

      We are both fine now thanks! Keep tuned for more words…..


  25. jazzfeathers March 15, 2017 / 11:38

    Sponsored shelves?? I LOVE that idea! But so how does it work? You sponsor the shelf and the librarian will buy books going on that shelf?
    This is a truly intriguing idea 🙂

    Hey, Anabel! I see a new line in your list of AtoZ Challenge partecipation up there. Are you taking part? 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh March 15, 2017 / 13:18

      Nothing so fancy! The books are already there but the donor gets to choose which shelf her sponsored woman is represented on. No, there’s nothing new on A to Z – in fact, I was thinking I should take that heading down now that the next one is about to start. I’ll not be taking part – as last year, I have ideas but no time to execute them 😦


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