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Wed Jul 7 10:58 am  #1

A walk this morning to Bellahouston Park.

We are going to Bellahouston Park.
This extensive park has many features and facilities to tempt visitors and local residents to its grounds. It boasts formal gardens and open parkland in which to relax and take in views over the city and beyond. Quiet contemplation can also be had at the House for an Art Lover and for the more active and adventurous there are extensive sports facilities.

I'm not sure if this is the best way to get there
but it is the route I am taking today.

I leave McKechnie Street and turn left along govan Road towards Harmony Row.

Go down Harmony Row towards Govan Law Centre, going past Govan Workspace Ltd at 6 Harmony Row,

we pass the Govan Cross Barbers with its red and white pole sticking out at a 45 Degree angle depicting that once Barbers were once surgeons who tended the injured.

The pole depicting the bloody bandage that would cover wounds.The origin of the red and white barber pole is associated with the service of bloodletting and was historically a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole. During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions. The original pole had a brass basin at the top (representing the vessel in which leeches were kept) and bottom (representing the basin that received the blood). The pole itself represents the staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to encourage blood flow.

We carry on and find the way Harmpny Row used to go is blocked now by a carpark

but can see Harmony Row the otherside of the carpark so cross over to it.

We carry on along Harmony Row wondering where all the tenements went I remembered from so long ago.

When we get to the road junction we have to turn left along Ladeside to get to Helen Street.

Our only way up to the park from here. Turn right at the traffic lights onto Helen Street.

So much has changed since I went to Hills Trust Primary School. Even along Helen Street everything has changed as you can see.

We carry on along Helen Street passing all industrial buildings left and right. As we pass GM Salvage on our left I can see Toni's Helen Street Deli and think I'll need a cup of tea to continue my walk to Bellahouston Park.

That's better, nice cup of tea, now I can carry on up Helen Street towards the new roundabout up ahead in the distance.

As we pass Pizza Hut on the right I am still amazed at all the changes that has happened to MyGovan, it is nearly all gone replaced by a modern mish-mash of building that leave me feeling cold and a stranger in my once home town.

I keep going along Helen Street passing sterile buildings to my left and right wishing I was back in my Govan of 1960.

As I cross the railway bridge heading towards yet another crossing the sun shines down on my back bringing back a warm feeling from the coldness of this new Govan. To the right we can see the M8 Motorway heading off into the distance.

We eventually arrive at another roundabout, (which way to go now?)

It makes no difference as Bellahouston Park is right in front of me. Left or right is Paisley Road West.

I go right along the road and on the left is the football Park in the grounds of the park.

Further along the road I can see shops in the distance,it's nice to see that some of the old building have been saved.

Carrying along Paisley Road West we pass Jura Street to our right which reminds me of what the Wife buys me each year for my Birthday, a bottle of Jura single malt.

As I reach the end of my Journey to Bellahouston Park. I turn to my left for the entrance to the park from the junction on Paisley Road West and Bellahouston Drive.

Well that's the end of my walk to Bellahouston Park, so much has changed along the way and I guess it's for the better of Govan but still makes me feel sad at the loss of my childhood and these new memories of today don't seem to give the same joy I used to have as a child of Govan in the past. No matter what they do to MyGovan today, they can never take away my childhood memories of my Govan and the times I had there then.

There are several points of horticultural interest such as the walled garden with its fine collection of ferns and daffodils collected by the 19th century plant collector Peter Bar who lived locally. It also boasts a wide variety of herbaceous perennials, wall-trained shrubs, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, and annual borders. The House for the Art lover also has a less formal garden consisting of mixed shrubs and herbaceous borders with a collection of heathers and heaths. The flanks of the central Ibroxhill is clothed in Rhododendrons and under planted with a vivid display of spring daffodils. It affords views over much of the city and as far as Ben Lomond on a clear day. Also located here is a granite stone unveiled by King George VI on 9th July 1937 which marked the site of the Empire Exhibition of 1938 and was subsequently relocated to where it stands today. Find out more about the features in the park by visiting the parks Heritage Trails section.

So I hope you enjoyed my walk from McKechnie Street to Bellahouston Park?

Have a great day and please let us have your own walks through your memories of Govan.

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Fri Jul 9 4:04 pm  #2

Re: A walk this morning to Bellahouston Park.

Thanks for your kind words Tombro nice to hear my efforts are not in vane. I will have to give thought to the next walk.
Jimmy. (happy)

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Sat Jul 10 2:57 pm  #3

Re: A walk this morning to Bellahouston Park.

Hi Mirren, Must have missed you at the park, sorry!  (happy) You still haven't got the photographs of you at Bellahouston Park so come on girl lets get you one here with your bottle of Buckfast and Iron Brew.  (lol) (lol) (lol) I need another suggestion for a walk. Any ideas??

It was sunny when the pictures were taken, do you want me to find some raining ones?? (lol) (lol) Have you had a look at the Subway Trips on the picture page under Glasgow Underground yet? They are from Youtube but let you see the underground trains and platforms as well as trips on the subway trains too.

Anyway, have a great weekend hope to here from you again.
Cheerio fur noo,
Jimmy.   (cute) (happy) (cute)

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