Saturday morning there were no Halloween decorations or Grandmas to distract Eloise, look at that concentration below.
We are not sure why it has taken us so long but we figured we would finally check out The Burrell Collection. It is a bit of a gem hidden in Pollok Park and guarded by the Coos. As we set off Eloise asked if there were lots of buttons, standard question as we make our way to a museum, we could only hope.
We were 24 days late, we could have met the brand new out of the box King who had just reopened The Burrell after its refresh.
The Burrell collection was truly fascinating and extensive. It was so grand you cannot even comprehend the history of these items. There were over 9,000 objects from the last 6,000 years. It was a fantastic museum for the kids too with lots of interactive displays and buttons.
This was very much the spot we did not need any funny business from Lachlan, Eloise made sure he did not flying ninja kick over a 6000 year old ornament and kept him under control.
Shortly after midday, Lachlan was praying to the heavens for some food. The restaurant was nice, we will certainly be back, need to spend a few days here.
The eclectic collection was acquired over many years by Sir William Burrell, a wealthy Glasgow shipping magnate and art collector, and his wife Constance, Lady Burrell, who then gave it to the city of Glasgow Corporation in 1944. Throughout his collecting career, Burrell lent many of the works in his collection to special exhibitions and for display in museums. Sometime around 1930, he decided that he was going to donate his entire collection to the public. Burrell then began the process of finding a home for the remaining 6,000 items. He initially wanted it to go to London, which he saw as the centre of the art world… Burrell then turned to Glasgow. He had already gifted 48 paintings and 30 prints to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in 1925, and much of his collection was already on semi-permanent display there, particularly the Chinese works. The museum had recently appointed Dr T. J. Honeyman as director, a man whom Burrell admired and trusted. His influence was instrumental in Burrell’s final decision to offer his collection to the city of Glasgow
After a cultural experience, we figured we better check in on the beloved coos, however, they were not feeling social. Lachlan was not impressed.
We then went to Silverburn to stand in a queue for much longer than we had bargained for because someone, guess who? Needed another balloon. They have made such an emotional connection that we even had to make room for Gerald at the dinner table.
Saturday night was Guy Fawkes Night, around 18:00 the fireworks were flying from most backyards. After Friday night’s show, Eloise was still uncomfortable by the noise but happier to watch them from inside the house while ensuring Gerald was safe. Lachlan was begging to get amongst it. “Scotland’s emergency services have been preparing for their busiest night of the year. In Glasgow, they are watching over bonfire night from a Nasa-style control centre in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour”. We were wondering if it would be tricky to get the kids to sleep, but once Gerald was safely tucked in, Eloise was asleep without a care in the world. The fireworks continued strongly well into the night.
Across the channel, it looked like the grandparents were managing to keep up with Eloise’s FIK Brussels/ Amsterdam tour.
It must be cooling down, even the Manneken Pis was suited up.
Come on guys, where are the waffles?
With all the noise last night the team surprisingly had a good night’s sleep. It was straight down the stairs with Gerald to their comfy spot.
After an unfortunate incident with Gerald resulting in a little girl being very upset, the only thing that could possibly cheer her up was soft play with Emma, but first, puddles.
It was another beautiful day, although a tad on the chilly side. We had to run to the shops to stay warm.
The fireworks were on sale today. The Big Boom, 309 explosives lasting 15 minutes was £59.99. Eloise was not convinced.
Tonight there were still a few thousand fireworks going off, most of the commotion was done by 22:00 though. As long as you are over 18 you can buy and set off fireworks between 18:00 and 23:00, or 24:00 on Guy Fawkes Night.