Hello everyone, I hope the start of August finds you all well and eager to experience the new month. If you’re still in summer/holiday mode, I hope you have a great time. I’m due to start the autumn term from next week (not sure I’m ready), but hope the weather improves and we get some summer sun and warmth in Scotland before autumn does really arrive.
July has been a month of ups and downs for me and there’s not as much to reflect on in terms of posts. Between letting my wrist recover (more or less back to normal now) and what feels like constant migraines, I’ve been stuck at home most of the month. Given my lack of activity over the past month, rather than focusing on the things I didn’t do, I’m going to look at what I’ve achieved in the past month, and what’s in store for you on my blog across the coming month. As I’ve indicated in a recent post, I’m reducing my frequency a bit, but hopefully there will still be plenty to keep us all amused.
The academic year
We start the new year (in January) with lots of reflection of the past and planning for the future. Professionally, for me and other academics, August is our fresh start, as we embark on the new academic year. We’re reflecting on the past – what worked; didn’t work; what new ideas and practices I can bring into play with my teaching practice and my new classes. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with academic reflections, but it does mark the start of a new year, and as shown above, I’ve been doing some general reflections – such as Migraine July (my new name for July given my seemingly constant migraines).
I had visions of being out and about exploring Glasgow, Edinburgh and the surrounding neighbourhood but Migraine July had other ideas. The wet and cool weather throughout the month haven’t helped either. My focus is going to be on what I have achieved rather than producing a list of “failures”. I’ve stopped to listen and learn from the experience. For years, I’ve missed many events – family gatherings, weddings, meeting up with friends etc every July because of the migraines. Despite this happening year in, year out; its taken me until this year to make the connection and realise that plans for July very rarely work out. However, what did I achieve was accepting that I need to change my attitude to July and that I can’t plan as intensively as I tried this year. I need to put less pressure on myself to make the most of the holidays by cramming so much in. Just chill and go with the flow, so to speak.
July’s recap and coming in August
We headed through to see The Declaration of Arbroath while it was on display at the National Museum of Scotland. There is still another post to follow up about the more general visit to the Museum itself, which will be posted in August.
After looking at Greyfriars Bobby in a previous post; I will return to share the history of Greyfriars Kirk and Kirkyard. Additionally, I also want to tell you all about one of the hotels I stayed in when in Edinburgh who have a really strong ethical set of values driving what they do, including reinvestment of all their profits into good causes.
I visited Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow and very quickly realised that there is so much to see, that I will need to come back on numerous occasions to cover everything. I’ve shared a couple of posts linked to the museum already, but over the next 4 weeks or so, we’ll find out more about the Spitfire hanging in the museum. While there, the museum displayed information about their approach to ethics, representing Glasgow’s colonial past and the impact of slavery, so I’ll be covering that at some point this month.
Now that I’ve recovered from my fall, I hope its safe for me to return to Bellahouston Park (I promise to stop moving before looking up searching for the source of any avian singing). Once I’ve done that and collected a few final photographs, its my intention to share more of this Glasgow park, looking at its history and current usage.
I’m looking forward to an August with fewer, less extreme migraines and more blogging. Hopefully more exploring too. What about you? What are your plans for the month ahead?
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