About me

Anabel 1996
Anabel 1996

I’m a retired librarian living in Glasgow. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I was little, I always said “an author”. I filled notebooks with stories and poems which I was sometimes asked to read to the class in primary school. Writing essays in secondary school and university seemed to knock that creativity out of me and I modified my bookish ambitions to becoming a librarian (sorry to say, I was under the impression I could read all day). Now, in the wonderful era of the world-wide web, anyone can be an author and here I am writing again.

I’m not a native Glaswegian, but I’ve been here since 1986 and can’t imagine living anywhere else now – it’s a great city with lots going on. Edinburgh might have the biggest festival but we seem to have one every month or so, my favourites being Celtic Connections (music) and Aye, write! (books). Eating out is excellent, especially if you like curries as I do. I’ve been a vegetarian since 1983, and this can have an impact on travelling, so this is a big advantage as an Indian restaurant is often one of the more reliable places to find good vegetarian meals (although I admit my first Glasgow curry brought tears to my eyes and I couldn’t speak for some time).

Anabel 2015 - spot the difference!
Anabel 2015 – spot the difference!

Another feature of Glasgow is that it’s a very green place with a high number of parks which we enjoy visiting, and we’re also really well placed for getting into the hills, both up to the Highlands and down to the English Lake District.

My travelling companion is nearly always John, my husband of over 35 years. I do most of the planning before we go, but he’s much more practical once we get there, finding his way around with ease while I trail in his wake without a clue how to get to where I want to be (no sense of direction). We make a great team.

60 thoughts on “About me

  1. midihideaways May 30, 2013 / 16:18

    Hi Anabel, thanks so much for your follow on my blog!! I enjoy reading yours!!


    • Anabel Marsh May 30, 2013 / 16:36

      Thanks! I’ve been following you for a whole on Google Reader and now moving all my feeds before it dies off. I love your photos, they really make me feel I am there.


  2. hungrydai May 10, 2014 / 03:06

    So you love curry, Anabel. We eat curried something every day here in Kathmandu. But my real home is down in Bournemouth and I’m in Nepal right now because my wife is Nepalese. Come on over to Nepal for lots of vegetarian food. I’m 95% vegetarian and wouldn’t care if I never ate any meat again.

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    • Anabel Marsh May 10, 2014 / 08:30

      I do love curry, and Glasgow is a great place for it! I can’t remember now what I ate when we visited Nepal, but I don’t remember there being any problem. In contrast, I don’t know Bournemouth at all!


  3. hungrydai May 10, 2014 / 10:06

    Anabel, the food in Nepal is much the same as in India I guess. Here in Kathmandu we have the same meal every day. Do you remember dalbhat? It’s lentil soup poured over boiled rice with curried vegetables of the day. I love it Anabel and we eat this twice a day year round.

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    • lisakunk June 29, 2017 / 02:09

      This is so interesting to me. I’ve not really heard about eating the lentil soup over boiled rice and vegetables but it sounds delicious. I’m trying to think of a food I’d be willing to eat twice a day year round. I haven’t come up with anything.

      Liked by 2 people

      • hungrydai August 2, 2017 / 09:40

        It grows on us, Lisa. I never had any problem with it because it’s so tasty. The greggies get varied a bit.

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    • Anabel Marsh May 18, 2014 / 08:10

      Thanks Lori – that’s a real compliment. I will try to think of some answers, though it might not be quick!


  4. goannasnake March 29, 2015 / 04:00

    I like the look of your blog and look forward to browsing it. Happy travels!


    • Anabel Marsh March 29, 2015 / 09:21

      Thanks for the follow – I look forward to checking out your travels too. Some of them look familiar!


  5. kimlhine April 17, 2015 / 02:35

    hi Anabel
    lovely to meet you.
    Kim in Australia


  6. Veronica April 26, 2015 / 12:17

    So happy to connect with you! Love your blog! 😄


  7. Camp That Site April 26, 2015 / 15:20

    Hi Anabel, I really enjoy your blog and had nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Not sure how but I messed up on linking your site, the correct link is up. Thanks for all the great articles.


  8. lovetotrav May 6, 2015 / 00:41

    I am a vegetarian (who should become a vegan – dairy allergies) who also loves Indian food and travel. I can not believe how busy you are with social media.. that many blogs etc. You are one multi-tasker but librarians are organized and gifted so that may go without saying… that you can manage. I haven’t been to Scotland but am jealous of your location vis a vis travel opportunities. I look forward to reading more. Happy travels, reading and blogging, Cheryl


  9. Su Leslie May 20, 2015 / 20:15

    So glad to have found your blog. I’m also Scottish (though a Fifer), have a library degree (midlife crisis degree, not sure if I’ll ever get a job with it), and mostly a vegetarian. I am really enjoying your travel stories and photos. Will get over to your other blogs soon. Cheers, Su


  10. anotherday2paradise July 6, 2015 / 21:47

    I had to laugh about your lack of sense of direction. My hubby is also my saving grace. He says that without him to guide me, I’d probably end up in Timbuktu. 😕


  11. Lori L MacLaughlin July 17, 2015 / 03:46

    Hi Anabel, You mentioned that you’ve created entries for library books without records before. Is your library listed with WorldCat, and if it is, would you consider creating a MARC record for my book if I mailed you a copy for donation to the library? The book is available to buy through Amazon UK, and it’s distributed by Ingram/Lightning Source all over the world, so it wouldn’t be unusual for the book to be in a library in the UK, if you know what I mean.
    If it’s not something you’d like to attempt, that’s fine, of course. My local librarian says it’s a really difficult and complicated thing to do, and she apparently doesn’t want to do it. I don’t have any concept of what’s involved, but if you’re up for it, I’d be happy to send you the book.


    • Anabel Marsh July 17, 2015 / 07:50

      I have, but unfortunately we don’t use MARC cataloguing so that wouldn’t work. Our records are standalone and don’t feed in to any collective system. We’re just a small, specialised library and a bit behind in that sense. Maybe it is much more complicated to create a record from scratch in MARC, I don’t know for sure because I was never a cataloguer in my “real” working life. I do know that my cataloguing friends used to do it, but that was in an academic library and it was maybe more normal. Sorry, that’s no help!

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      • Lori L MacLaughlin July 17, 2015 / 14:36

        That’s okay. I really don’t know how complicated it is. Maybe I’ll have to study to become a librarian so I can do it myself. 🙂

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  12. catbirdinchina August 10, 2015 / 12:23

    It’s nice to meet someone from Scotland, and to get to experience the country through the eyes of a writerly librarian! I went to work in a bookstore once for the same reason; I was under the mistaken impression I could read the days away! Ha! Oh well, a librarian job is much more interesting, I would think! 🙂


  13. budgettraveltalk November 18, 2015 / 23:11

    Hi Anabel, I can see you and I have things in common. My blog is a words by me and (a lot of) photos by him and we’ve been married 30 years and together for 36 years, a lot of which have been devoted to travel. Of course I live in Australia and you in Glasgow – a little difference there. My brother visits Great Britain quite often to visit relatives and Glasgow is one of his favourite places. He stayed in an apartment in the very centre. I’ve often looked at house-sits in the area and I’m sure I’ll get there one day. We visited Glasgow 36 years ago, but I don’t remember much! We lived on a farm in Devon over winter back then and then travelled in our campervan around England Ireland Wales and Scotland. Great memories.


    • Anabel Marsh November 18, 2015 / 23:22

      Interesting parallels! And lovely to hear of someone having Glasgow as a favourite place, it sometimes gets overlooked. I hope you make it here again sometime.


  14. Hi Anabel, I wondered if it would be possible to get in touch with you about a film project telling folks about the local bike hire scheme in Glasgow? Not sure if you are a cyclist or not but we’re looking for local opinion formers to get involved. If you would get in touch with me, I have left my email. Many thanks! Roisin


  15. thatssojacob June 20, 2016 / 17:01

    Hey there, Anabel! Since June is the 6th month of the year, I’m following 6 fun and interesting blogs each day, and you’re one of them! Follow me back if you like at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and make six new blog friends of your own. Have a great day!


  16. Rashminotes August 19, 2016 / 14:12

    Lovely blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)


    • Anabel Marsh August 19, 2016 / 14:24

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve had a quick hop over to your blog but will take a closer look later.


  17. Inger October 18, 2016 / 18:48

    Nice meeting you Anabel! 🙂


  18. Daal November 4, 2016 / 05:20

    am so glad I stumbled upon your lovely blog 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh November 16, 2016 / 14:52

      Apologies, this ended up in spam and I’ve just found it! Sounds a great idea, and thank you, but I’m sorry I don’t have time to participate right now.

      Liked by 1 person

      • kethuprofumo November 16, 2016 / 14:54

        Dear Anabel, the awards will be over by the end of January. So join us if you have some spare time.

        Best regards,

        Liked by 1 person

  19. EarlGreyorNoWay December 9, 2016 / 02:10

    Hi, Anabel! I saw the title of your blog and had to check it out. Being of Scotch-Irish descent, I was naturally curious. I’m making it a priority to visit the land of my ancestors someday.
    I look forward to reading all about your gallivanting!


    • Anabel Marsh December 9, 2016 / 07:55

      Thanks and welcome! You’ll find a mixture of gallivanting in Scotland and much further afield.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Happily Tanned December 14, 2016 / 10:31

    Hi Anabel! Good to know you. I loved reading your posts 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh December 14, 2016 / 11:26

      Thank you! I look forward to repaying your visit soon.


  21. darkjasm December 30, 2016 / 01:19

    Lovely meeting you, Anabel! Thanks for visiting back, really appreciate it.
    I love reading your post, I hope to see Glasgow for real in 2017. *finger cross*


  22. usathroughoureyes May 2, 2017 / 18:41

    It is going to be so much fun traveling along with you and seeing that regions through your eyes and words.


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