Magic walk at 80 +. Yes! Childhood fun and curiosity are still inside you!

Early morning walk today?

Yes, but I think 9.0am is early enough at 84.
And maybe around two + miles or 45 mins?

Must keep The Knees happy.
(The Knees have developed an amazing ability to judge mileage.  Approaching three miles, and the complaints start. Decided it’s time to listen to them. Need them for a bit longer.)

Beautiful Autumn sunlight and the path along the River Kelvin in Glasgow beckons.

The Kelvin is the river of the song ” Let us haste to Kelvin Grove bonnie lassie O”.And this morning there they were, truly bonnie ones.  But  I fear that most, like this young lady, were hastening to work and not to a romantic tryst.


Pity, because it was such a sparkling morning, one to drink in slowly.

When I first heard them, this teenage group were just playing, messing about stealing each other’s shoes and chasing around laughing.

imageWhat else to do at that age?

Felt like joining in…it was so good to see and to hear them. It was as if they were unknowing celebrants in an Autumn ritual.

The boy on the left had bright red soles to his trainers. When he ran, they highlighted his every movement, but I couldn’t quite catch them in action.    Tried, (Probably why the picture is fuzzy.)

Can you see just above the boy’s head there is a curious grey tree stump?


I went to have a look.  Now I was wishing I was even younger   –  Six again!

What a magical tree. So eerie!  Love the way the roots look like a huge dragon. She has an eye, a mouth and even claws.  Anything could be in that hole!  Dragons eggs?And why has it got a Red Cross?

If I was six I would have been climbing up it, probably a bit scared, but so curious. When it seemed safe we, my sister and I, would have made it into a Fairy Den.  I don’t know what boys did when they discovered a hole like this.  Anyone know?

We would find moss for a lining, and then arrange inside any flowers or treasures we could gather: maybe a pretty snail shell, a feather or unusual pebbles. Enchanting and so beautiful, we knew the fairies would love them.

Do children still believe in fairies?   What a loss if they don’t.

However, I didn’t fancy that climb now, but there was nothing to stop me making a flower picture for the fairies on a nearby stump.It looked like one fairies might dance on.

imagePeople walked past whilst I was doing it, eyes averted, though one did nod and grin.

It must have looked odd to them, an old lady playing. But why not?

Have you read my postOldies at play? Is that OK?”  I talk about unwitting ageism of that kind.  It is a kind of stereotype isn’t it?  Old people must be sedate.


Though why shouldn’t we play?  It is second childhood time!

One lady walked past, never saw me at all, eyes on the path the whole time.  She missed something lovely,

Look at this! Whilst looking for the right leaves I spotted a gorgeous fungus growing next to the stump.


Aren’t those , fragile, don’t know what to call them, frills exquisite? And it has such  delicate shades of creamy pink, rather like a strawberry vanilla whip.  Maybe the fairies nibble on it for tea?

Such a magical place to be on an Autumn morning.

Something different turned up next. 

It was on the pillar of a bridge.


It isn’t often you see a Contractor or Civil Engineer getting credit on a bridge. It is usually some big wig who did nothing except cut a ribbon.

I wondered who he was and did he walk this path with his grandchildren to show them Grandad’s Bridge
It was so good to see I gave him the nearest thing I could find to a laurel leaf award. Elder leaves seemed appropriate somehow…

This is what he had built. Isn’t it stunning?

image The wealth of Glasgow in that era must have been amazing. I wonder where he bought the marble for the pillars. Somewhere foreign, Italy.?

Can you see anyone affording  decorative marbles pillars like these for a bridge now!

Well done Mr Wilson.

The path continued following a wall.

Do you ever stop and take a close look at an old wall? Walls are  quite  amazing places , it is like entering another minute world.


So many living things were making a home there. I wasn’t able to count them! Not sure what they were all living on.

You can’t see the spider and beetles on this picture, but there was movement everywhere as they scuttled to hide.

I wondered if they all had their own Des. Res. cranny.  The mosses look as if they do.

Don’t you just love that baby fern?  

Nearly at the Botanical gardens now. They are on the other side of the river. Cross over the bridge and there is one of Glasgow’s finest possessions.
Kibble Palace gleaming in the sun.

Inside it is jungle, tropical flowers, an iguana and thousands of insect eating plants. Another magical place for childhood. 

It ended the Magic Morning perfectly.  

Well maybe it ended even more perfectly when I headed down Byers Rd to Matilda’s for coffee and breakfast.

Did that undo all the good?  Definitely not. At 84 I don’t feel the need to worry about weight anymore. One of the definite pleasures of being ancient. Although I suspect The Knees will have a moan if I ask them to carry anything extra.I told them not to worry as I didn’t eat the tattie (potato) scone or the toast.

I expect the walk was pretty good for my  heart, even for TheKnees, under protest. But the Magic will be in my head for a long time…I hope.

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  1. October 7, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Beautifully described. You took me along with you, although I was lagging behind a bit.

  2. October 7, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Loved your blog! I started my blog last year (at 76), and work at it every day. It’s a great way to keep the mind and fingers active! Keep walkin’

    • October 7, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Agree. It is so stimulating. Always loved writing and find I am continually thinking of things I want to write about. A whole new world!

  3. October 7, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Me again…I’d like to re-post your article on Facebook, if that is okay with you.

  4. Nicky Wheeliker
    October 7, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    A lovely article Joyce. Full wonder and of joie re vivre. 80 years young!

  5. October 17, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    I really enjoyed walking with you – I can almost smell that damp earth so loved by the mosses. I think that little fern will love it too. And I love love love the bridge which I am going to add to my Pinterest Bridges board.

    Can’t wait till you take a stroll through a cemetery. If you’re anything like me you just can’t walk past one . . .

    • October 17, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks Maddy. Cemetery? certainly. We have one of the most spectacular necropolis’ here in Glasgow. It was on my list. It can go to the top.

      Just about to publish a second walk you can join me on.

      Isn’t all of this fun?

  6. October 13, 2019 / 11:11 am

    Thanks for this walk. It took me – for some time- away from my own thoughts. Under the choc of being diagnosed as Alzheimers and Vascular dementia patient. Not easy to swallow.

  7. October 13, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your walk, Joyce. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Love the story of you and your sister decorating a special place for the fairies. My sister and I did that too, all those years ago. Now two of my great granddaughters make fairy houses in their garden.

  8. Susan
    October 13, 2019 / 4:24 pm

    Felt like I’d been walking with you – thanks for the awesome pics!

  9. K. Gibson
    October 13, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    Oh, so wonderful! 🙂 K.

  10. Pauline
    October 15, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    Lovely post Joyce, I thoroughly enjoyed reading and seeing the interesting pics. I ‘m a very keen walker too,and my knees are my weaker point!

  11. January 31, 2020 / 1:01 am

    I have just discovered your blog. I will be 82 this year and am also a blogger. I love to write about my walks and outings in the Blue Mountains and beyond, when I am lucky.

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