Author archives: Galina Walls

  • Crazy Golf family fun at Dock Park Dumfries

  • On a sunny afternoon, armed with a telephoto zoom not to disturb the game, I went to Dock Park to document some families playing crazy golf.Dock Park, developed at the end of the nineteenth century, epitomises the Victorian idea of green spaces in urban centres where people of all walks of life [...]
  • Lunch at The Shabby Scholar, Carlisle

  • I went to Carlysles Court to take just a couple of images for a student area guide as The Shabby Scholar, an award-winning boutique-style tapas bar that is located there, was recommended as one of the best and amiable places for students.  An urban gem situated in a cosy courtyard in the very centre[...]
  • Young Dumfries musicians perform in Dock Park

  • It was  a pleasure to see the historic eight-sided bandstand in Dock Park, disused only a couple of years ago, becoming once again a focal point for Doonhamers' weekend entertainment. Young Dumfries musicians, songwriters and singers performed their own material along with some popular covers live o[...]
  • Leah Halliday - Fairy of So Sew Pretty

  • I discovered Leah Halliday and her So Sew pretty sewing workshop project when she kindly opened her inviting studio premises in Solway House to a DG Unlimited (Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Arts) meeting.Leah, a well-respected designer and craft person, whose work appeared on BBC and in vario[...]
  • As Above So Below at Nithraid 2015

  • As Above So Below is a piece of an outdoor interactive performance art commissioned to the Young Stovies for Nithraid 2015. The show created by the Mad Jackals, a group of young Dumfries artists, is loosely based on the ideas of Enlightment. It explores the esoteric correspondences of the 'as above [...]
  • Edinburgh street life and National Hot Dog Day

  • I have always assumed that National Hot Dog Day on 23 July is a US holiday, so a stream of articles implying that it is celebrated in the UK too that appeared in my news feed today took me by surprise. In sympathy with this great event so woefully ignored in our family I am sharing this Edinburgh st[...]
  • Solway House artists at Spring Fling 2015

  • With John writing up a large (and seemingly non-ending) academic paper, our social life has suffered a lot this May. So I was understandably excited about our weekend visit to Crichton and a chat with Solway House artists during Dumfries and Galloway's Spring Fling 2015 open studios event. What a wo[...]
  • Waterloo Sunset giant puppet theatre

  • Waterloo Sunset was a giant puppet theatre piece for kids created by Jack Finlay and the team of the Electric Theatre Workshop as part of Dumfries bicentenary celebrations of the battle of Waterloo victory over Napoleon.Before I saw the play I wondered how the puppet theatre would be used to pre[...]
  • Nithsdale Regatta 2015

  • Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club regatta was a momentous event this year, as in 2015 the club celebrated 150 years since the foundation of the club (NARC). The traditional 750m sprint race on the river Nith in Dumfries took place on 11 April, coinciding with Oxford v Cambridge 2015 races date.On th[...]